Author: Anand Philip

  • Whole wheat pancakes: quick meals for the time-deficient

    It’s not a super quick meal, because what we often forget is that while something might be quick to make, eating too fast to enjoy it is counterproductive. Want a fast meal like that? grab a samosa or something. Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Eating time: 30 minutes minimum Ingredients Whole wheat […]

  • Stories

    I once met a very old man who said he knew every story that Aesop put in his fables, “it’s just that he wrote all of them down, that’s all”. This is the main difference between a blog and a bestseller. Write it (all) down.

  • Long Form Indian writing Digest 003

    India’s Gold hope in the upcoming Olympics is interviewed by Rahul Bhattacharya But next to Mary, these other girls were ponderous. Their feet were sluggish, their positioning not so clever. She could fight with her guard down, testing her reflexes by offering them her bare chin as a target, and counter-attacking in angles unfamiliar to […]

  • Fixing the healthcare mess; Satyameva Jayate or showmanship?

    Dear fellow Doctor; from your Facebook posts, emails to me and tweets, it is obvious to me that the Satyamev Jayate episode on corruption in healthcare worried you deeply. some of you were happy that such an exposé happened, but most of you were worried that there was over-dramatization and untruth in the presentation, and that […]

  • Introducing What’s Up Doc? A column at

    I am giddy with glee to announce that I will be writing a monthly column about the practice of medicine and related issues at eSocialSciences, a “region-focused repository and a new and yet evolving publication space for easy and quick dissemination of scholarly work that can be a space for discourse among researchers, policy makers […]

  • The Devotion of Suspect X By Keigo Higashino – Book Review

    I asked to review The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino in spite of not being a fan of modern murder-mysteries. Here is why “…..won the 134th Naoki Prize , the 6th Honkaku Mystery Grand Prize, 2006 Honkaku Mystery Best 10 and Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! 2006, annual mystery fiction guide books published in Japan, ranked […]

  • The success formula- Shyam Benegal on Hindi Cinema and the challenges of New cinema

    The success formula- Shyam Benegal on Hindi Cinema and the challenges of New cinema

    In 1977 there was a symposium examining “THE CINEMA SITUATION”. The symposium was attended by some greats of Indian Cinema like Mani Kaul,  Kumar Shahani, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal etc. I discovered a quote from Shyam Benegal’s essay on tumblr via Dhrupad and was hooked. I discovered that the quote was from a longer essay on […]

  • Expertise, politics of health and the Doctor as an Educator

    This post is culled from an exchange in a medical group I am a member of. Mr. Srivats has kindly granted my permission to reproduce this gem of a letter. Pay particular attention to the last 3 paragraphs. Dear Friends, As I promised in my previous mail, I am adding to the question of the […]

  • Take home messages for Indian activists from KONY2012

    As far as metrics go, Kony 2012 was a success. some 10 million people have watched the video and I don’t know of another social justice issue that so many people have heard of, let alone watched a half hour movie on. As far as the production goes, KONY2012 was a job well done. I […]

  • Childhood sexual abuse: be prepared.

    It is time we face the fact that the sexual abuse of children is not an  occasional deviant  act, but a devastating commonplace fact of everyday life” Florence Rush The Best-Kept Secret Sexual abuse of children happens. It is common and widespread. Like last year, a bunch of volunteers have been spreading information about childhood […]