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I got my second dose of #COVAXIN two days ago, on Thursday at Radhatri Nethralaya in T.Nagar, Chennai – a specialised eye hospital. The whole experience of making the appointment, to the visit and getting administered was handled smoothly. Since they are administering only on prior booking, the wait time was less. The chief nurse Ms Sakthi Priya was friendly and she took good care of my 80-year-old mom, making her comfortable and then administering the vaccines. God bless Ms Sakthi, Mrs Brinda and the entire team at Radhatri. Each one of us, owe it to the scientists, the Healthcare…

The Pandemic and the Lockdown Because of the pandemic lockdown last year and being cooped up inside our houses for weeks, it soon became apparent to me that I need to burn my energy & sweat it out by exercising. I restarted taking my walking seriously. As a result, from April last year, I became regular and consistent (7000-9000 feet every day) in my walking on the terrace of my house. The Problem But, I was missing my Yoga routine (for over an hour) which earlier was happening twice or thrice every week for the last two+ decades. I decided…

Yesterday morning I got vaccinated with the first dose of COVAXIN which has been developed and made in India. After a few hours, I got an SMS from Co-Win App, going there I downloaded the vaccinated certificate with a QR code seamlessly. I felt overwhelmed with a lot of emotions: It is unbelievable to think that mankind was able to make a vaccine(s) for a brand-new virus and get it in the arms of people around the world in less than a year. Kudos to all the scientists, healthcare workers and world leaders in making it possible. I am feeling…

[21st April 2021: The registration & Enquiry telephone number of the vaccination centre at the ESI Hospital K.K.Nagar, Chennai is 044-2489 2548. ] After intensive campaigning for ten days, providing safety data from immediate family (and friends) recipients to the inter-family regulatory panel comprising her siblings, I managed to convince my 80-year-old mother to get vaccinated yesterday. On the suggestion of the panel-head (my uncle) I took her to the (Central) Government ESI Hospital, K.K.Nagar, Chennai. The COVISHIELD vaccine (we would’ve taken COVAXIN if offered, but we didn’t ask) was provided for free. The process was super easy (just carry…

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. I read (listened to the audiobook) this well-researched book on the 1918 Spanish Flu – Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World by Laura Spinney published in 2017. Had it not been the 2020 pandemic, I doubt I would’ve picked this book but I am glad to have read the book. I learned a lot from this book. It was captivating! Astonishing to learn on how the world we live and humans as a species have been shaped by infections for thousands of…