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Savithri and Saveetha Hospital - Part 2

6 May 2008 to 23 May 2008
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Tuesday, 6 May 2008. CHENNAI.

The person from Hosur came at 6-30PM and handed us the sample, and photocopies of all Reports. Sridevi's email says that we have to meet Dr MUTHU SEKAR

Wednesday, 7 May 2008. SAVEETHA HOSPITAL. (1st visit)

Vijaya and I left house by 8-30 am in Arun's car (we engaged a driver - 125.00 for 4 hours) and reached Saveetha University and Hospital after an hour's drive. 23 - 24 km from our house.

Saveetha is a Charitable Trust (Erode) that runs this University and Hospital. Started in 1986, this was affliated to Dr MGR University earlier; it became an autonomous University in 2005. Located at 162, Poonamalee High Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai 77. Near the Bangalore by-pass road.

We travelled via Adyar - Guindy - Kathipara jn - Porur - Kumanan Chavadi - Saveetha. At the hospital, the OP registration was just 5 rupees. Dr Muthu Sekar is a Professor in the Dept of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; he was not available tod…

Savithri and Saveetha Hospital - Part 1

21 April 2008 to 6 May 2008

This is the start of a three-months long hospital saga that saw many twists and sudden turns and ended on 12 July 2008. Part 1 (total five Parts) follows:

Monday, 21st April 2008. CHENNAI

This morning we got a call from Savithri from Hosur; she said she has a growth (white patch) inside her mouth; she had consulted local dentists at Hosur. Ganesh and Sridevi asked her to go to a Dentist at Bangalore for consultation. Sridevi's akka's husband is the Dean of a Dental College and Hospital in the USA and he has suggested the name of Dr SV Kumaraswamy at Jayanagar, Bangalore.

Savithri is plainly scared. Naturally. Savithri wants someone to accompany her when she visits the doctor and she wanted to know if we have any plans of going to blr this week. We said "no plans" but Ashok and Neeraja would help her. Ashok phoned Savithri and confirmed he and Neeraja would help her.

Wednesday, 23 April, 2008. CHENNAI

Savithri confirmed that the appointment with…


It's nungu.

IT'S ONE of Nature's delicious ironies. Nungu, the kernel of the Palmyra tree, which cools many a parched throat on a hot summer day, tastes best when it comes from arid fields.

Come summer, and roadside vendors start piling up these near-black fruits. Cut into the hard shell and out pop three heart-shaped cream-coloured nungus. Lucky ones manage to find up to four kernels in one fruit.

Villagers still insist on eating the fruit whole, fibrous skin intact, but city-dwellers have found ways to embellish this tasty wonder. Peel off the skin, cut into small cubes, sprinkle some sugar and cardamom powder and chill. The eater is often in raptures before making a demand for a second helping.

Else, try the nungu payasam. Boil chopped nungu, add nungu thanni (the sweet water in the heart of the kernel), milk, sugar and cardamom and slurp to your heart's content.

But, nutritionists say it is preferable to consume the fruit in its natural form. I too prefer eating it…