Sunday, June 21, 2015

Under the Shadow of His Wings

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou find refuge: his truth is a shield and buckler.
psalm  91:4

I once had my workspace at St Peter Road close to St Peter Church Bandra and this is a road that is narrow , traffic from Bandra Bazar Road spills out at Bandra Hill Road near Balaji Restaurant , and traffic from Hill road takes this path as a short cut to Bandra Reclamation or Mount Mary.

This road borders the St Stanislaus grounds and the St Peter Church and against this wall you will find all the garbage of Bandra , it is garbage hotspot , those who drive by the ricksha throw out their garbage here , there is a spineless notice that says a Rs 10000 fine will be levied if you are caught throwing garbage has not stopped this menace..

By and large this is one of the filthiest lanes of Bandra perhaps even our MP and MLA s pass through this short cut off Baba Nagar....Brian of Bandra Speaker fame lives here , he is King of Speakers locally made and handcrafted by him..The other famous Brian is Brian Cable but he lives at Somnath Lane Bandra.

Well every time I was down depressed  sad , unromantic mood and self destruct I used to take my Nikon those early days of my tryst with photography and shoot the Church , quadrangle , interiors  and I dont think anyone , even a Christian could have shot St Peter Church as much as I have , I shot Jesus and the Holy Spirit trying to get some semblance of order in disorderly Bandra .

I shot the graves of the East Indian pioneers lying in the bower , the Jesuit priests in slumber , and sometimes moved ahead shot the St Staislaus school the race events , iconic feasts held there.

Once in the good old days of Fr Lawrie Serrao I would be invited to St Ignatius Loyola feast and all the old fogies thought I was a proud Stanislite ,, but their faces puckered when I told them I was from Holy Name and the Wodehouse parish,, It is another matter I wanted to become a Christian when I fell in love with a Goan Girl , heel over head was what I got from her mother , she told me over a glass of feni and water pickle I was welcome in their family but Firoze Fernandes sounded more lyrical than Firoze Shakir ,, I attended mass , I was at my best Christian self and now in retrospection married grandfather of 3 I still cant resist shooting Churches Crosses and Shrines .

Fr Jaun from St Peter  Church is my godfather , and I have had some great friends among Catholic priests ,late Fr Leslie Ratus and Late Fr Stephan Nazareth of St Joseph Parish RC Church.

And this picture I had it blown up and presented to  Cardinal Oswald Gracias at Archbishop House  as my love for the Christian Community and a Church called St Peter where God lives .

I am still living in a gaothan fighting for the rights of East Indians and hoping they are given the respect as the first early inhabitants of Amch Mumbai.

And this is a photoblog you can never read it in a camera club , the culture of camera club desists from using the word blogger a very derogatory term in their Ivory Tower of Fine Art Photography ,,

My Daughter Remembers Me On Fucked Fathers Day

an alcoholic stupor
blocked my way
now with shadows
broken dolls
as dreams
she loves
to play
if i could
turn the clock
a thought
that plays
3 grand daughters
as my penance
as they sit
on my chest
my daughter
from far away
a tear drops
rolls down my
from my dark
i cant
get away
a fucked
on fucked
fathers day

"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."

Happy Fathers Day To All..

My Diabetes And My Tryst With Dr Shashank R Joshi

There is a friend who walks with me his name is Milind Pitle a retired Medicine Scientist , I had told him about my diabetes , while we were walking and he suggested a doctor , I heard that as Dr Chirag Joshi and he gave me the direction , and so foolishly I searched for this imaginary doctor at SV Road Bandra near VN Jewellers , I did not have Milinds number .. anyway while I was coming back , I met another friend Anil Kamath who is a diabetic too and owns a sweet shop Brijwasi at Bandra SV Road , he suggested a diabetes doctor , Dr SD Jain so I landed at Mahim in Feb met the doctor , he changed my medication put me on Glyceree  a tablet before breakfast and after breakfast , Janumet 500 a tablet before dinner after dinner .. I followed this from March to June and my sugar still remained high despite rigorously walking for 6 km a day.

And in between I happened to meet Milind Pitale , I told him about my bum trip to a Dr Chirag Joshi , he corrected me and said the Doctors name was Shashank R Joshi eminent endocrinologist and diabetologist , he was feeling bad that he had not given me the doctors number or his own , so after our walk he  called for a ricksha and took me to Dr Shashanks clinic at Golden Palace Bandra Turner Road .. The good doctor was in America.

But in June I had gone to Lilavati for my blood test and I took an appointment with Dr SR Joshi.. they told me 19 June .

So I met Dr Shashank R Joshi finally at Lilavati after paying Rs 1500 and he heard me out checked me and prescribed a change in my medication,, He has asked me to take my blood sugar after a week and call up his assistant Dr Salim..

About Dr Shashank R Joshi from Wikipedia

Dr. Shashank R. Joshi MD, DM, FACP, FRCP, FACE is an Indian endocrinologist, diabetologist and medical researcher, considered by many as one of the prominent practitioners of the trade in India.He was honoured by the Government of India, in 2014, by bestowing on him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his services to the field of medicine.[1

orn in Mumbai, the capital of the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Shashank R Joshi had a noteworthy academic career, topping all the medical examinations he sat for with first rank and gold medal.[2][3] Joshi secured his graduate degree in medicine, MBBS, from the Grant Medical College and Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy Group of Hospitals, Mumbai which was followed with MD in internal medicine and senior residency from the Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital.[4] He continued his higher education at the Grant Medical College and Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy Group of Hospitals and subsequently got DM in endocrinology.[3] He is also a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology(USA), Fellow of the American College of Physicians (USA), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) and the Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh).[3][4] He has a Diploma of Growth from Sweden, too.[2][2][4][5][6]

Dr. Joshi started his career by joining the faculty of the Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital at their endocrinology department.[5] Later, he moved to the Grant Medical College and Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy Group of Hospitals as a faculty member. He is now working at Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, as the Consultant Endocrine and Metabolic Physician[4] and has private practice at Joshi Clinic in the city.[2][7] He also works as consultant endocrinologist at Bhatia Hospital,[8] Mumbai[4] and serves as visiting faculty at various Indian and international universities.[4][5]

Dr. Shashank R Joshi is married to Shilpa, who is a dietician and dabetics educator and the couple has two daughters, Samika and Spandana[2]

Dr. Joshi is the President of two important organizations, the Indian Academy of Diabetes[9] and the Association of Physicians of India[10] (API).[3][4][5] He was also a former President of the Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India[11] (RSSDI) and the All India Association of Advancing Research in Obesity.[2][3][6][7] He is the former Vice President of the Association of Physicians of India[2][5][6][7] and is now its Advisory Board member.[4]

Dr. Joshi is involved with the activities of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE)[12] and is serving as the Chairperson of its India Chapter.[3][5][6] Some of the past positions he held include:

Visiting Clinician at the Mayo Clinic.[4]
Member of the ICMR-WHO Task Force for Management of Type 2 Diabetes.[4]
Director of the Asian Health Clinic in Western Australia.[4]
Research and publications[edit]
Dr. Shashank Joshi is involved in evidence based research on Endocrinology with special emphasis on Diabetes, Obesity, Thyroid, Osteoporosis and Growth.[3][5] His studies on the Asian Indian phenotype (thin-fat Indian), co-morbidities in hypothyroidism and the impact of vitamin D deficiency on bone health in Asian Indians are notable.[2] He has also worked as the principal investigator in many teams engaged in multinational clinical trials[4] and has covered two epidemics of diabetes and hypertension in India and Adult Growth Hormone deficiency.[2]

Dr. Joshi is a prolific writer of articles on Diabetology and Endocrinology and has published 18 books and monograms[2] and over 600 research publications on topics such as Diabetes, Obesity, Thyroid disorders, Osteoporosis, and Growth.[3][4][5] He is also the Editor of Practical Medicine, a popular undergraduate Indian text book.[4] He is also the Editor Emeritus of the Journal of the Association of Physicians of India[3][4][4][5][13] and has been the Editor of three prominent Indian journals namely Indian Journal of Obesity, Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism[14] and Indian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.[3][15] Dr. Joshi founded the Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine and was its Executive Editor.[4]

Selected articles

Shashank R. Joshi, Muruga Vadivale, Jamshed J. Dalal, and Ashok Kumar Das (2011). "The Screening India's Twin Epidemic: Study design and methodology (SITE-1)". Indian Journal Endocrinology and Metabolism. 15(Suppl 4) (October): 389–394. doi:10.4103/2230-8210.86857. PMC 3230100.
Talaviya PA, Saboo BD, Joshi SR, Padhiyar JN, Chandarana HK, Shah SJ, Vyas CK, Shah AN (2013). "Pregnancy outcome and glycemic control in women with type 1 diabetes: a retrospective comparison between CSII and MDI treatment". Diabetes Metab Syndrome 7 (April–June): 68–71. doi:10.1016/j.dsx.2013.02.032.
Joshi S, Joshi SR, Mohan V. (2013). "Methodology and feasibility of a structured education program for diabetes education in India: The National Diabetes Educator Program". Indian Journal Endocrinology and Metabolism 17 (May): 396–401. doi:10.4103/2230-8210.111610.
Joshi, S.R., Mohan, V., Joshi, S.S., Mechanick, J.I., Marchetti, A. (2012). "Transcultural diabetes nutrition therapy algorithm: the asian Indian application". Curr Diab Rep. 12 (April): 204–121. doi:10.1007/s11892-012-0260-0. PMID 22354498.
Joshi, S.R., Saboo, B., Vadivale, M., Dani, S.I., Mithal, A., Kaul, U., Badgandi, M., Iyengar, S.S., Viswanathan, V., Sivakadaksham, N., Chattopadhyaya, P.S., Biswas, A.D., Jindal, S., Khan, I.A., Sethi, B.K., Rao, V.D., Dalal, J.J. (2012). "Prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes and hypertension in India--results from the Screening India's Twin Epidemic (SITE) study". Diabetes Technol Ther. 14 (November): 8–15. doi:10.1089/dia.2011.0243. PMID 22050271.
Awards and recognitions[edit]
Dr. Shashank R Joshi was honoured by the Government of India by awarding him the Padma Shri, in 2014, in recognition of his efforts to the cause of medicine.[1] He is also a recipient of the International Clinician Award, received at the 21st American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress, Philadelphia. This is an annual award given to practicing endocrinologists, outside the US.[3][7][16]