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Living in Delhi is great. Yet there are risks attached too. Jaundice for example. I have just recovered, or rather still recovering, from a bout of hepatitis. It has been an experience. No pain really. But digestion goes down the drain literally. All energy sapped. Allopathic doctors have no clue except prescribing a fat free diet and Liv.52. The latter is actually an Ayurvedic medicine. As to diet, the revised view is no restrictions. But the problem is the digestive system just refuses to deal with anything heavy…. so per force you end up with the most austere fare. Unani system takes a much more active role…there is Sharbat-e-jigar, Arq kasni, Arq makoh and so on to care for one’s liver.

A forced absence from office has its pleasures. Get lost of time to spend with your family. Can catch up on a lot of reading too. Even then after a while time hangs heavy. I was enjoying Les Miserables, it is yet to be completed. It has been a great read so far. Extremely accurate portrayal of life’s twists, marvelously etched characters, fantastic situations…..written so long back, still it is so fresh as if describing the present world.

Meantime I finished off ‘Brick Lane’. Quite an absorbing read. Monica Ali’s is a genuine voice. I haven’t any first hand experience of the Asian Londoners. But the ambience created in the novel feels so very natural. One starts feeling that Chanu and Nazneen are some familiar neigbours. Nazneen’s transformation over the course of novel is astounding and inspiring. Howver, the pace of the novel in the latter half turns a bit too fast compared to the first half. The sexual escapades of Karim, the paramour of Nazneen, that trigger the transformation in Nazneen do not fit so well with Karim’s other life. Looks highly contrived (a case of political correctness-showing up the schizophrenia in the Islamists?). All in all it was a good read.

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The following comments are for "Jaundice and some reading"
by arahman

You have my sympathies. I had a friend whose husband had hepatitis, and he was on a macrobiotic diet. Unfortunately, the health care system forced him to wait three months before he could begin treatment. I've lost touch with them, so I don't know what eventually happened.

What's the Unami system?

( Posted by: Elphaba [Member] On: February 17, 2004 )

Feeling good
Thanks Penelope and Elphaba for the wishes...God knows I need them. Still greater thanks for the appreciation on the writing.
Unani? Well, Unani literally means Greek! It is a herbal medicinal system which was pioneered by the Muslim physicians who built upon the Greek knowledge in the Middle ages. It is one of the traditional medicinal systems still practiced in India. Has some similarities with Ayurvedic practice also. Practitioners of Unani in India are generally known as "Hakim". Jamia Hamdard is one of the premier Universities teaching this system of medicines- there are a number of other colleges as well. You might have heard of a cooling drink called Rooh Afza - it is manufactured by Hamdard Laboratories who are one of the leading manufacturers of Unani medicines in India (in Pakistan also there is Hamdard in the same business.) The hospital attached to Jamia Hamdard is Majeedia Hospital where you can get Unani as well as Allopathic treatment.

( Posted by: arahman [Member] On: February 19, 2004 )

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