Sunday, December 29, 2013

Youths of India, Vote for India!

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Ages ago people used to go out at the electoral booth and vote for their respective candidates. They had immense faith in their candidates and those who feel could bring change would be their first choice. We should know our responsibility and roles as an individual and a citizen of this nation. Engaging youth and creating awareness is a major step to any social activity. One should remember that youth these days can create mass movements. If found an issue, we have thousands of them coming out on streets raising their voices.The real difficulty is in educating them  to come out and vote for those people whom they want to rule their nation. But easily said, its difficult to implement. Indians have this typical mentality of not taking risks, they are averse to risks.When it comes to electing ourleaders we don't seem to give out our 100%. Firstly 
one should know that you have only one chance to give your nation a better leader. This leader would be a part of this democratic constitution who would bring change in this country. But sadly the youth of our nations seem to be active in raising their voices and concerns but not when it comes to action. I have always said before that action speaks louder than words. One should Act first and translate all their words into actions. 

We as an individuals don't have to right to reprimand the system and the government when we ourselves have been irresponsible. When something later goes wrong we as youth come on streets and create havoc's. That doesn't counts as a revolution. Its our job to go out and elect our representative who would listen to us and bring our nation in the path of progress.But the main question is how? Last few years statistics mention that the  average youth voting turnover is not beyond 50%. Ours is a country with a massive population of over 128 billion out of which youth constitute the majority. Ideally the youth should proactively come out and vote for our nation on the Voting day. There are nation wide campaigns which emphasizes the need to vote and its significance but we give a deaf ear to all that. In this fast moving world, everything is moving rapidly from technology to innovations. There is something new coming up everyday. Technological advances have 
not only made life easier but also complicated. During my Engineering final year,we came up with a project of online voting. That would still be a distant dream in India considering the different hindrances which prevent implementation of such systems. Latest are social networking. We could see SMS texts being used as a weapon to garner votes. How could we use social mobile applications to inspire and  mobilize Indian youths to go out and vote.  There are several social mobile apps like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Wechat, Whatsapp etc which are quite popular. One could exploit such social mobile mediums to reach youths. We could seek inspiration from the Western world where the average youth vote turnover is quite 
higher than that in India. In the 2009 General Elections, I had received umpteen texts from several Political parties to vote for their candidates in a particular constituency. So how do we explore social mobile applications to serve our purpose. After thorough analysis I could jump to a conclusion that a majority of youths use Internet these days. The average Internet, Mobile phone usage is more and there are many of them are college going and  Professionals in their 20's and early 30's. They can be reached via this social media medium. Our youth need to be educated on different aspects and an awareness should be created on how not voting would hurt the nation. These social mobile applications provide several fascinating features. These features provide the users with several options.They should give the user different facts and statistics about voting. Awareness can be created in form of one liner ads in Facebook, Twitter and other social mobile applications highlighting and emphasizing the need to vote.  National and Regional political parties should set up their groups in popular social networking sites where interested people could be given details about the different candidates in a particular constituency representing their party. A well defined agenda should be in place in such groups which will describe the candidates achievements and what all promises they would deliver. Group messages, Chatrooms, Broadcast messages and  several other options available. There are There are large number of youth  actively taking part in various brand contests in several twitter contests.  One could host contests on such media asking people to vote and all those who vote could be given prizes or something similar to this could be thought of.

 Voting is the birth right of every individual who is born in this country and one should not forget to fulfil this 
responsibility when it comes to electing the leader. The youth population should act  and come in great numbers on the voting day. Youth are the powerhouse of every booming economy and the country depends on them.  So,#voteforIndia, elect the right leader.

To all the youths reading this post, kindly go out in numbers and vote for India in the 2014 General Elections.
Jai Hind!

The Solitary Writer is a blog which started as a hobby.Here you will find stories, poems, satirical posts, humour, photography and almost everything. This blog is the alter ego of a Technical guy who loves to be called as the Solitary Writer. Others call him Ste. He works as a Senior Quality Analyst in a leading Organisation and loves to break the codes and he likes to  do things differently. Did you like this post? Get The Solitary Writers updates via Facebook or Twitter, better yet, subscribe to it via RSS Feed. It’s easy, and free!Also you can discuss in the Forum. Comments are just another way to let me know how you feel.Don't forget to comment.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Ray of Hope - Conjoined twins set for a historic surgery on 16/12/13


Conjoined twins are twins whose organs are joined. These twins may share one or more organs with their twin - e.g brain, kidneys, liver, spinal cord or pelvis. Accordingly there are different types of conjoined twins named by the point at which their body organs are joined.  Few of them are Thoraco - omphalopagus, Thoracopagus,Parasitic twins, Craniopagus, Cephalophagus, Syncephalus, Xiphopagus, Ischiopagus, Parapagus,Pygophagus, Rachipagus etc. Lets not delve deep into these different types of conjoined twins classifications. Some famous twins  are the Chang brothers, Abigail and Brittany and few others. When a baby is born in a family, the family members face brims with joy and happiness. And especially when a twin is born its twice the happiness but  for one family in Tanzania the news of the birth of  the twins soon turn into sadness when they got to know that their twin boys were conjoined which is a rare condition found in 1 in 20000 births. A mother  weaves lots of hopes and dreams about her baby from the time it is in its embryo stage.  There was one such mother in Tanzania named Grace who gave birth to twin boys - Ericana and Eliudi.  No doubt, even young Grace had lots of dreams about her babies. Ericana and Eludi are conjoined twins who have a conjoined spines, anus, penises and buttocs.  They are Pygopagus twins who are conjoined at their buttocks because of which they even have a fused genitals. It is known that Pygopagus twins account for 17% of the total conjoined twin population in the world. Also as per research, most of the Pygopagus twins are usually female and male Pygopagus twins are rare. Out of 30 sets of Pygopagus twins only 4 were males.

Grace hails from  Kasumulu - a small village in Tanzania. She was shifted to a District hospital  from the dispensary in her village owing to the complications in her delivery. After extreme difficulty in delivering the babies out of the mothers womb, the doctors informed Grace that her twin boys were conjoined and joined at the back. She was further informed that the separation process could be an affair too risky.  She was advised to seek assistance at the Mohimbili Hospital  where the  doctors contacted the Health officials for advise regarding further action. Surgery to separate conjoined twins could be simple to extremely complex but Grace wants to give her babies the best possible treatment and a better future. She got them to Apollo Hospitals at  Chennai for this purpose. It all depends on the point of attachment and the organs which are shared. Such separation surgeries could be life threatening at times. Apollo Hospitals  Chennai is associated with the Tanzanian government through the Save a child's heart initiative ( SACHI). At Apollo Hospital, it was discovered that the twins had a single phallus and a urinary passage which would complicate the entire process of surgical separation.  16th December 2013 would be a historic day in medical history where for the first time a team of highly qualified sugeons would operate on little Ericana and Eludi to separate them. Under the care and expertise of  highly skilled surgeons, we just hope that the surgery is successful. A team of 20 doctors from specialities of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, paediatric surgery  and pediatric urology will  attempt the separation.Assistance of Dr. Edward Kiely and Dr. Richard Howard had also been sought for this historic surgery in India.This would be a rather unique and challenging aspect of the separation is the fused phallus, which has to be delicately separated to give each baby a functional penis. The plastic surgeons would slice the baby's fused genitals into two halves  and reconstruct it.  The plastic surgeon have said that over the last five months they have inserted tissue expanders in the back, buttocks and thighs so that skin flaps can be rotated to cover the large defects after separation.Every one has been showering love and affection on the babies. Lets be hopeful and pray that the  rare of the rarest surgery is successful and we all await a good news on Monday, the 16th.The operation would be challenging and the doctors and the parents have requested for prayers. Lets all pray for  Ericana and Eluidi.

Its already known about Apollo hospital's contribution to the medical field with its latest innovation.Lets pray that the Tanzania mother when returns back home holds her babies on either side. Lets pray for the little boys. They need prayers 

Below is a picture of Ericana and Eliudi with their mother Grace. 

Ericana, Eliudi and mother Grace from Tanzania who are at the Apollo Hospital, Chennai for their separation surgery

The Solitary Writer is a blog which started as a hobby.Here you will find stories, poems, satirical posts, humour, photography and almost everything. This blog is the alter ego of a Technical guy who loves to be called as the Solitary Writer. Others call him Ste. He works as a Senior Quality Analyst in a leading Organisation and loves to break the codes and he likes to  do things differently. Did you like this post? Get The Solitary Writers updates via Facebook or Twitter, better yet, subscribe to it via RSS Feed. It’s easy, and free!Also you can discuss in the Forum. Comments are just another way to let me know how you feel.Don't forget to comment.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Finally!

Finally!
This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

I caught her looking at me.
“Don’t look? Keep pushing”
“Push!” She screamed at me.
“You seriously need to push… it’s just a matter of time,” she said. I tried my best.
“I know this is your first time but you need to push,” she said, pushing me out.
Finally I came out of the Virar local.