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August 1, 2010 3 comments

Study Says India’s Emergency Service Has Outpaced The US Version With Its Expansion Model And Innovation

Parth Shastri &
Kumar Manish |

Ahmedabad: Ten years ago, when it came to emergency  healthcare services, India was nowhere on the world map. However, the scenario changed rapidly once three magic figures 108 entered the scene. It soon became a household name in several states of India, including Gujarat.

A research published under the title ‘Innovation’s Holy Grail’ in a recent issue of Harvard Business Review delineates how 108 is an exemplary effort. Carried out by  management gurus CK Prahalad and RA Mashelkar, the study shows how 108 emergency service is an innovation that synthesizes research and technology.

According to the study, GVK Emergency Medical Research Institute (EMRI)-led 108 emergency service is fast emerging as a leading organization in emergency health sector worldwide owing to its cost-effective method and public- private partnership model. This has lent it an impeccable base where it is reaching out to 366 million persons in Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Chennai, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Assam, making it the world’s largest emergency management entity in just few years. The paper states that 108 services has outpaced the US’ 911 service with  its huge expansion model and innovation. ‘EMRI spent only 50 cents per person treated to build the infrastructure in India, compared to $100 in the US. The expense per ambulance visit is less than $15, visa- vis $600 to $800 in the US,’ states the paper.

‘As the only emergency responder in the world with a research institute, EMRI is at the forefront of identifying ways to improve knowledge and practices. It archives all calls and analyses data to compile regional public health profiles. For the first time in India, data on the timing and nature of medical emergencies is available,’ states the study.

Babu Thomas, head of HRD of Gujarat GVK EMRI, told TOI that Gujarat has a share in the success story. “With an emergency management centre opening in Kathwada this month, Gujarat has become one of the states with exemplary speed, scale and cost-effective measures. The state also contributes to continuous research that we undertake to study the patterns of emergency and most vulnerable groups,” he said.

The Gujarat model was also presented by Subodh Satyawadi, COO of Gujarat chapter in US last month in front of representatives of World Bank, United Nations Population Fund, United States Agency for International Development.

“This same 108 service, the way it has developed in Gujarat, if it had happened in some other country, our people would have written books about it.” – Hon’ CM, Shri Narendra Modi, Gujarat, India


Movie Review: Turn left at the end of the world

January 22, 2009 6 comments

An old Indian immigrant in Israel
A new Indian father migrated to Israel (Parmeet Sethi)

The young immigrant’s Indian wife with 3 kids (Kruttika Desai)
A thoughtful teenage Indian girl (Liraz Charchi)

A Moroccan father
A dying Moroccan mother

A swashbuckling sultry free-spirited teenage Moroccan girl (Neta Garty)
Her fat sister – about to be married to a wimpy Moroccan man

A teenage Moroccan boy who gets a boner on seeing the Moroccan girl
A young teacher

A bewitching sultry widow in her sexual prime
A Moroccan youth protecting his territory

The movie is a story as seen from the eyes of an Indian teenage girl who keeps a diary of the various human interactions as observed by her. The movie revolves around an Indian family who migrates to Israel in hopes of a better life. On reaching the destination, they realise that the job and the lifestyle is not what was promised to them back in India. The family tries to adjust themselves with other immigrant families from Morocco and the mixing of the two different cultures produces a nice heady cocktail of a tale! The story is spiced up when a free spirited, chatty and sultry Moroccan teenage girl takes advise about love and life from a hot widow who is in her sexual prime. The widow is happy to genuinely advise the girl and sometimes also use her to fulfill ulterior motives.

Things take a turn for the worse when after getting tired of the low pay and the mundane job, the workers in the factory go on a strike. The Indian husband gets tired of his nagging wife and finds solace in the open arms of the the widow. The Indians invite the Brits for a game of Cricket, but full of aging men, the Indian team is lousy. They need help from the Moroccan youths. Meanwhile the Moroccan teen acts on an impulse and under the pretext of adding to the Indian girl’s story, gives herself to her teacher. Her mother is diagnosed with cancer.

Can the two cultures, who are as different as oil and water, mix together?

Will the strike at the factory yield any results?

Can the Indian-Moroccan team beat the British at cricket?

Will the Indian man abandon his culture and his family for the Moroccan widow?

Will the Moroccan teen’s raging hormones land her in trouble?

Can the Moroccan mother survive the cancer?

Can the Indian wife succeed in getting her husband back from the bewitching widow’s clutches?

How will the Indian teen’s tale end?

To find out, watch “Turn left at the end of the world”!

Directed by “Avi Nesher“, the movie has been described by adjectives such as “keeps the chuckles flowing”, “engaging and surprising”, “A witty and sensual cinematic experience”, “great acting and groundbreaking film making“, “delightful and entertaining with intelligent directing and an excellent script”, “The best Israeli movie of the year”, “A cinematic gem by the stunningly talented Avi Neshar – funny and touching”.

The movie lives up to all these plaudits.

The movie is a wonderfully woven tale of human emotions, drama, sex, love and cricket! I loved watching it for its non-preachy story telling and the brilliant portrayal of human interactions on the screen. It is “My big fat Greek wedding” meets “Monsoon wedding” meets “Bend it like beckham” – with an artsy feel added to it.

The director has managed to squeeze out above average acting from the cast. But the 2 actors on whose shoulder the movie rests do manage to deliver the goods! Neta Garty who plays Nicole (Moroccan teen girl) and Liraz Charchi who plays Sara (The Indian teen girl) are very good in their characters.

The thing I liked about the acting and direction is – consistency! The quality of acting is maintained throughout the movie and coupled with good screen play, you get drawn into the movie.

My rating – 7/10. Kick back and enjoy!

PS: The movie is in hebrew/french/english with subtitles available.

The thing that foremost comes to mind is – WTF!

January 19, 2009 7 comments

Just read the news that a Pakistani Muslim girl was roughed up by members of her community in Bombay. According to the news, a Muslim guy spotted a tattoo on her back and was angered because urdu words from the Quran were tattooed on the girl’s back.

The first thought that came to my was – WTF! She had “Thank you God” tattooed on her back. So what! How is that offensive or hurtful to anyone, including Muslims?

But then as I thought a bit more, there were certain other aspects of the incident that came to my mind.

1. As the tattoo was on her back, I assume it must be on her lower back – just above her belt (ass). The guy would have had to pay close attention to actually read the tattoo. WTF was he doing by staring at a girls ass? Isn’t that against the stringent Muslim culture to look at a woman’s anatomy? I think in certain countries (read Saudi Arabia) he would be beaten by stones or blinded (or both) for eyeing a woman in such fashion!

2. The girl was in India to study. So what if she got a tattoo! Who gave the Muslim women (one of them was the guys mother) the right to slap the girl? All for sporting a tattoo that read “Thank you God”?… WTF!

3. If the Muslims guy and the Muslim women are that strict about their religion, did they also decapitate the youth by removing his eyeballs for eyeing the woman’s ass?

The sad part is the guy who saw the tattoo works for Jan Seva Sangh, a local NGO! WTF! How is this guy going to help other people when he did nothing to stop his own mother from assaulting a girl for sporting a “Thank you God” tattoo!!

This is precisely why there is a need for a Uniform civil code in the country! Only then shall we have true equality!