Posts Tagged ‘jayanagar 9th block’

A heritage doctor, 180314

March 20, 2014

I first visited Dr H Suresh’s clinic in 4th T Bl ock in Jayanagar, in 1979, when my daughter was 6 months old. She’d been having severe diarrhoea for two weeks, and I was at my wits’ end as I was staying with some friends and desperately worried about her health.

Dr Suresh’s clinic was called “Deepa Clinic”, and that formed a further bond. I learnt that it was his daughter’s name. He promptly treated my infant daughter, who recovered.

When we moved to J P Nagar in 1997, my neighbour told me about a G P who ran his clinic nearby. “He’s not too high-and-mighty to see everyday ailments,” she told me, “He’s our family doctor.” So, when KM was ailing, I went along with her…and there it was, Deepa Clinic, at the same place where it existed in 1979.

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Over the years, since then, Dr Suresh has treated our family for so many ailments. He is a General Practitioner in the true sense of the word….he sees all patients. He has also been the only doctor I know, who made house calls. When we brought back my father-in-law from the US, who had suffered a stroke at 84,and was getting progressively worse with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as a series of strokes that ultimately carried him off 3 years later, it was Dr Suresh who came home regularly to check on him, and prescribed such minor medications as would keep my father-in-law reasonably comfortable.

When my daughter married, and she and our son-in-law came to visit, he treated their coughs and colds, too, and stomach ailments. They swore by his treatment.

Dr Suresh is a doctor of vast experience; when he finds something wrong in a patient that is out of the ordinary, he immediately lets us know and refers us to the specialist in the field. This happened with at least three friends of mine…one brought his wife, who was promptly diagnosed with stomach cancer; and two more major ailments.

And now, I took my grandchildren also to him. True to form, he did not prescribe antibiotics for my son in law or my grand-daughter, but said that my grandson did have a bacterial infection which needed to be treated with antibiotics. This is something I like very much in him…he does not prescribe medicines unnecessarily….another rarity in today’s world. He’s much more likely to dose us with some of the tablets on his desk, and by the time we go back for a repeat consultation 3 days later, we are cured!

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Dr Suresh continues to be a General Physician….he does not aspire to be a specialist, but his wide experience of seeing patients stands him in good stead in treating people. He is most unusual, and to me, worthy of great respect, that he has continued in this same location, for the past 35 years (at least)…and preserves the quality of his life by taking days off on birthdays and his wedding anniversary. I do not know his wife, son, and daughter (and their families) personally…but I feel that they must be lucky, indeed, to have such a wise and contented person.

I salute this physician who has become that rare wonder, the Family Physician. Doctors like him are very, very rare, and I hope Dr Suresh a very long, happy and healthy life, bringing health and happiness to all the patients he treats!

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Shoes….and walking in them

April 20, 2012

To understand a person, walk a mile in their shoes, goes the popular saying.

Children take that seriously….

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Try to step into others’ shoes…

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and do a few adjustments as well!

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The Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple

September 24, 2011

When I visited Bangalore in 1989, we stayed with some friends in Jayanagar 9th Block, and visited a small hlllock, on which stood a small idol of the monkey God, AnjanEyA (son of Anjana). His other names are Hanuman (He of the broken chin), vAyuputrA (son the Wind)…in fact his 108 names are something that I recite every day, as he is one of my favourite Gods!

Now, however, the temple has grown into a major religious and tourist attraction. In India, for many sections of society, tourism is always bound up with religion. The strict elders who may frown on a pleasure-trip will give benign encouragement to a trip to visit various temples.

When one comes from the main road, on the lane leading to the temple, the main arch greets one:

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But on all but festival days, the entry to the temple complex is through this arch, a little further to the left:

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In the fading light of dusk, the main gOpurams seem to glow, with the sign in Kannada that says, “belonging to Ragigudda”:

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Ragi is a cereal that is special to Karnataka, and “gudda” means, small hillock. Our little hillock of Ragi is now a pretty well-known landmark in Bangalore, and draws devotees and visitors from all over.

One of the points I love in most temples in Bangalore is that everyone is allowed into the temple…not just “Hindus” or “upper castes”, as is still the custom in many other temples!

Here’s a well-known shlOkA on Anjaneya:

AnjanEyam athi pAtalAnanam
kanchanAdri kamanIya vigraham
pArijAtha tharu moola vAsinam
bhAvayAmi bhava mAna nandanam

yathra yathra raghunAthha keerthanam
thathra thathra kritha masthakAnchalim
bhAshhpa vAri paripoorNa lOchanam
mArutim namatha rAkshasAnthakam

Anjana’s son, very red of face,
With a beautiful body like a golden mountain,
Who lives in the roots of the pArijatha tree,
I think of you, who are respected and loved by the world.

Wherever the name of RaghunAthA (Ram) is being sung,
There, with bowed head,
And with tears streaming from his eyes,
is MAruti (son of the Wind)…I bow to thee, who destroys demons.

Livelihoods…and pavements…

May 5, 2011

Our pavements (or footpaths or sidewalks) are very interesting places. No bland stretch of tiles or cement for us; we have a rich variety of life teeming on our footpaths (indeed, I often think they are called footpaths because the local Government makes them a foot higher than the road…so they are not meant for the easy use of pedestrians, but for people to earn their livelihoods on space-without-rent!)

I walked to Jayangar 9th Block a few days ago, and got…

The “alteration” tailors.

They set up shop with their treadle (note, no electricity..very green!)machines, and for a pittance, will mend tears and do all sorts of stitching and alterations. Here are two of them, right outside a shop selling cloth:

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The silver polisher.

These people, too, set up their wares just outside jewellers’ shops, and are willing to polish your silver, do small repairs to your jewellery, and assay any pieces you bring to them (they, too, use no electricity, but the age-old tools of the trade.)

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The vegetable seller:

Clad in yellow-and-red, this vegetable seller sits nonchalantly on a chair in the middle of the road. His dress proclaims that he is soon going on a pilgrimage.

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Oh, well, this one is not really ON the pavement…but I couldn’t resist a shop that has licence to kill…dirt!

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Of course, very often, our pavements do not encourage living or making a living, but may help you into death:

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I love my city, warts (holes) and all!

Meanwhile, yesterday at Jayanagar 9th Block….

May 23, 2007

If it’s not an audio shop, why has it been temorarily temroraily temrorraly whatever…. shifted to “hear”?

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I suppose I will have to contact Uday Kumar to find out…!

9th Block market…

October 4, 2006

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If I were a serious photographer, I would say this belongs in “my market series” or “my shapes series”….here are tomatoes for sale in Jayanagar 9th Block market. I loved the various shapes and colours…the little rounds of the red tomatoes, the curve of the black umbrella, the linears of the cart and the walls….If I knew how to post-process (when I do something on Picasa and save it, and then post it to Flickr, for some reason, only the original picture goes to Flickr and not the processed one.)….well, if I knew how to do it, I would crop out the stuff at the right-hand side of the picture, I think… oh well…

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These luscious large tomatoes are famous AS “Bangalore tomatoes.” Such a lovely thing to eat at any time…and they add deep colour to any dish I cook..and tomato juice ( I don’t strain out the pips) is also lovely!