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Author: Gowrav L

Fighting Dengue..

My friend recently suffered from dengue and we had a hard time in recovering from that, this made me to get my thought out here which is essential to fight any disease, however here I am focusing on what our thoughts were and how we worked our way through it.,

  1. Discovery : My friend had a mild fever and headache on day 1 but we didn’t think it was serious and took a paracetamol even then the fever continued on and off and on again that is when we took him to the hospital, there were no actual signs to certainly say it was dengue and hence they were not able to identify it and sent us back with a blood test showing normal result. On day 2 when the fever continued on we decided to admit him to the hospital and after doing so we realized the discrepancy in the blood test which gave us the conclusion of dengue in his system.
  2. Research : Even though we were scared and had lot of emotional questions on how to inform the concerned parents, the first logical thought that hit us when we realized he had dengue was how could that happen and why not us ?, this question is essential because when some one close to you or you care get sick its essential to protect yourself and then worry on their protection because if you don’t both of you might get sick. After a brainstorm we realized that this outcome existed because of the recent travel he had taken to a remote location a week before, and the only way we knew about the timeline was because we made our research on dengue and its incubation period.
  3. Precaution and Educate : After the research we became more cautious about our surroundings and informed patient as well on how had things came upon to be.  The education part is crucial for any patient because this provides a evaluated and definite time line of things that are going to happen and keeps the patient well informed on what to expect and reduces unwanted tension and worry.  In India or at-least in most part of India there is a lack of knowledge transfer from doctors to the patients and patient family which needs to be compensated by research from the patients end.
  4. Consent, Therapy and Moral Support : When you are infected with a disease that could be fatal or not, there is always a depression that comes along with it (depression is a symptom of dengue by the way), so therapy and constantly being with the patient helps in recovering faster and keeps him/her out of depression, its also essential to have more than one doctors consent at times, which can help patients family to take a well evaluate decision if need be. When my friend was ill we kept company and would tease him as much as possible this kept him smiling, and talking to friends and well wishers who had recovered from similar or same disease also helps a lot to build moral support.
  5. Family : Early on we decided not to inform about the exact form of the illness which would certainly make things worse since his parents were too far to reach in a short time or to logically be beneficially in any-case. Even though we were right in every logical sense but when his family was close, and doctor forced us to get the parents, we felt that his recovery was accelerated by their presence its not logical but that’s what is called family.

So let me summarize what we learned about dengue and provide some links which could prove really helpful.,

Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes aegypti mosquito infected with a dengue virus, this mosquito commonly bites near the ankles.

Its most common in equatorial and tropical regions

Dengue is viral and has no medication targeted towards it.

The mosquitoes that carry dengue virus also carry other viral strains related to West Nile infection and yellow fever (Jaundice), so its advisable to test other diseases as well.

Doctors treat symptoms not the diseases, so its commonly fever and loss of fluids in the body.

Dengue is fatal but if proper measures are taken its just another regular disease.

Fatality of Dengue is either because of high fever leading to hemorrhagic fever or due to unconstrained blood loss because of low platelet count.

Loss of platelet count is not by it self a complication its just an indicator of hydration level in the body. Drinking sufficient water through the course of the recovery is of at most importance. Drink juice and fluids to compensate for loss of fluids

PAW PAW (Papaya) Leaves Juice, CariPill tablets and TCEF syrup are normally promoted but don’t really help during declanation curve of the disease but are helpful and catalyses recovery once you reach the trough and start recovering.

It takes from 3 to 9 days to decline and start recovering.

Once recovered you are immune to that particular strain of dengue, but need to take extra precaution because there are still 2 or more strains of dengue out there and contracting them could be deadly, and as always

Prevention is better than Cure.

*Images posted here are taken from respective sites under Creative Common Interest.

Mantralaya-First Contact

The first time I heard the word Mantralaya, I too thought it has to do something with the religious pilgrimage.., it was a pilgrimage no doubt but the religion in focus is IT of Maharashtra. We were one of the two teams in Innovate for Digital India Challenge (IFDIC) who got the oppurtunity to meet the Shri V.K. Gautam, Principal Secretary (IT)  of Directorate of Information Technology Government of Maharashtra.

We (I and Anil) started early in the morning and left DeviNiwas at 06:45am (Just to clarify Our residence is called DeviNiwas and Office space provided by CIIE is at DeviHouse and never ask DeviNiwas address from a Punekar they will insist DeviHouse is DeviNiwas its just that Niwas is the hindi translation of House ) we met Aniket from the second team at Hotel Span we then took a cab from Hotel span to the Pune stand.

We decided to go by a route cab or taxi, since it would be much faster than the bus. Even though I haven’t traveled in ever so popular “Shivneri Bus”, I can safely say that taking a cab from Pune to mumbai on Pune-Mumbai Express Highway is a much convenient and glorious way to travel.

The journey on Pune-Mumbai Express Highway is the most memorable time of the whole trip. Its basically the beauty of the western ghats without any guard section nausea.


A scenic view at Lonavala on Pune-Mumbai Highway

Instead of going to Dadar we got down early and took the freeway to reach Marine Drive. Mantralaya is very close to marine drive just five minutes walk.

We sat for hour or so in the marine drive making the final changes to the ppt, to be presented that day,  as usual the place smells like a sea shore but the view is mind blowing. We left the Marine Drive after taking few pics there.

Exif_JPEG_420Marine Drive

Our meeting was scheduled at 2:30pm, so we went to a CCD close by to have a mock discussion on what we would talk about and what we wanted to request from the govt. of Maharashtra.

We along with Aniket waited in the CCD, a strange thing to note is that in this end of Mumbai, they are very cautious about security and even entering a CCD accompanies a brisk search with the metal detector.

After staying in CCD for a while we ordered lite lunch, and waited for Naren and Jaideep to meet us there, and in just few minutes they joined us. We then got a bit freshened up and left to meet the Duo at the Mantralaya.

The meeting was in the office of Shri. A. K. Jain Principal Secretary of Mantralaya, Jaideep introduced us to the Principal Secretary and gave a briefing on the IFDIC.

We were joined by the Shri V.K. Gautam, Principal Secretary (IT), by 2:45 and the introducation of all of us were extended by A. K. Jain, we sat down and gave a presentation on what we were working on and what support we anticipated from the government.

There was an hour long interaction with our hosts, they gave lot of tips and suggestions on what we could expect from the govt. during the term of IFDIC.

We left there exited about the possibilities that we could have by being in touch with govt. of Maharashtra in the near future, we walked to Oval Maidan got debriefed from Jaideep on what to do next.


Clock Tower at Mumbai University taken from Oval Maidan

Then we took a Uber to Dadar, and started our way back to Pune by a cab at 5:30,  the clouds over mumbai started pouring heavily and I plugged in my headphones to listen to the audio book “The Girl on the Train”.

This was all possible due to personal interest taken by Mr. Jaideep Singh Panwar, thank you very much Jaideep for this.


Gowrav and Anil at Oval Maidan

Lights, Camera …….

Recently we had a video shoot in CIIE as a part of Innovate for Digital India  Challenge.

This shoot was to present the Ideas that are being nurtured by IIM and Intel for Digital India to the general public right from its thinkers and innovators. The activity was planned to broadcast via Intel India’s website and MyGov in addition to social media.

The session started at 10:30am in the morning of 27th August 2015, with the video making crew meeting the various teams and getting some bytes on their experience of the challenge, about their idea and inspiration, they also pointed out that the video would be roughly 3 to 4 minutes in total for all twenty teams after the final cut, and asked us to come up with crisp statements on our products to pitch it to lay man.

The afternoon slid with video crew taking stills of the teams and making notes on small descriptions about their ideas which will be featured on MyGov vote section.

By evening we were shooting 6 sec Vines where the participants ask for votes for their idea, and this went on till dark in the day.

We receded to our residences with tiered looks after multiple takes for large segments of the video. Our eyes glistened as we walked home thinking about our interaction with Mr. Hasit Kaji, VP Special Initiatives at Tata Consultancy Services and a very senior adviser to the program, scheduled on the next day 28th August 2015.

AiRpaper – Our contribution to Digital India

AiRpaper is a digital data distribution platform built on the premise of India’s Powerful radio network for government to reach citizens effectively. It leverages on the usage of unused spectrum of the FM broadcast to carry textual and pictorial data in regional and national languages to the common man.

Take a look at our short animated video about AiRpaper:

AiRpaper aims to keep the citizens of India informed on various govt schemes, policies and development activities, that the government has rolled out in real time, and all these information is provided for free to the citizens in each and every corner of the country without internet.

In the Top 50

It was in the month of June that I came across a mail from, and as usual I was clearing out my junk mail and just after moving it to the trash that I saw the words Innovate and India on the subject line, and soon moved the mouse pointer across the screen to undo the misfortune I just created, and the story began…..

Overview of the Program

The Making of the Top 20


It all started not with an idea but with the long friendship that existed between us..

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