Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Ronaldo - The last Galactico

After 4 largely unhappy years, Ronaldo is all set to move out of Real Madrid to join AC Milan. He was the last Galactico standing after Luis Figo moved to Inter Milan in 2005, Zinedine Zidane retired from football in 2006, and David Beckham announced that he will be leaving for Los Angeles Galaxy after this season.

Once upon a time, Real Madrid had a great team with plenty of world-class players - Ronaldo, Zidane, Figo, Beckham, Raul, Roberto Carlos, etc. They were expected to win every competition they played, but couldn't win much much to the chagrin of their fans. One after the other the Galacticos have quit Real Madrid and now its Ronaldo's turn.

Ronaldo, wish you best of luck with Ac Milan!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Don't take difficulty in swallowing lightly

Last week, my close friend's father was diagnosed to have cancer of the esophagus. This made me want to know more about this particular disease. So I did a google search on esophageal cancer and found 3-4 websites that had some basic information about esophageal cancer.

Almost all the websites I read seem to agree with one thing.

"It is very hard to detect esophageal cancer early"

The most common symptom of esophageal cancer is difficulty in eating/swallowing. Because most people mistake it for some digestion problem or acid reflux, they generally don't consult a doctor. They take some over-the-counter medicines hoping that it will go away. Some people think their eating style is what is causing the problem, so they try to change their eating style. They eat slowly and the problem might seem to disappear. This way the cancer lies undetected. The swallowing problem will reappear from time to time, only to go away when you change your eating habits. Finally the tumor grows so large that the patient might find it difficult even to drink water. It is only at this stage that most people think of consulting a doctor/gastroenterologist. By this time, the situation might be life threatening as the cancer might have spread to other body parts such as lungs or liver.

Early detection will result in faster cure - As with any cancer, early detection and treatment will result in faster cure and prevent any serious damage. Esophageal cancer usually occurs in men/women above 55-60 years of age. So if any elderly person known to you complains of difficulty/painful swallowing of food, ask them to consult a doctor immediately.

This site seems to have some basic info on esophageal cancer.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Abdul Kalam on 'waves'

Waves are my inspiration. Not because they rise and fall, but because each time they fall, they rise again.

Vivek pls take note..

Shilpa Shetty in Big Brother - the story so far

Last month Shilpa Shetty made news headlines in India when it was announced that she will participate in Big Brother, the reality show on Channel 4 in UK. I dint think it was a big deal back then.

Over the last couple of days, a lot has been heard on Shilpa Shetty-Big Brother-Racism. I don't care much about it either. Then why I am blogging this?

Because BBC news has a wonderful article on it. So if you were wondering what the big fuss was all about, read this and you'll know why.