Rajgopal Nidamboor

Rajgopal Nidamboor is a wellness physician, writer, editor and independent researcher. His published work focuses on integrative medicine, philosophy and spirituality, aside from science, literature and cricket, India's national sport. He calls himself an irrepressible idealist. He holds a PhD in Natural Medicine. Website: http://rajnidamboor.com

The Future of Medicine Is Bespoke

Jul 03, 2020

There was a time when modern medicine was primitive. There were no antibiotics, so every infection took its own course, leading to decline in health. Hypertension and diabetes were largely untreatable. X-ray was new, and remedies had changed but little from medieval times. No one ever embarked on the goodness...

Can We Save Ourselves From Our Own Progress?

Jun 05, 2020

All that is old need not be dated. Take for instance, our ecological heritage. It has been rightly proposed by scholars that countless enlightened ideas may be drawn from old precepts of previous civilizations, especially from ancient India. More than that, knowledge may also, in today’s context, be derived from...

A Mindful Antidote to a Pandemic

Apr 25, 2020

We live, as Charles Dickens may have verbalized, in the worst — also the most turbulent — of times. It is, however, hard to imagine that the great writer could have visualized the sinister COVID-19 tempest. In the present context, the foremost thing that each of us could do is...

Beyond the Placebo Effect

Apr 04, 2020

Sir William Osler, a luminary of internal medicine, rightly said that one should treat as many patients as possible with a new drug while it still has the power to heal. This is because there is wisdom in it since most of us would also believe that the medicine prescribed...

British Raj: A Saga Like No Other

Jul 26, 2019

The medieval Italian philosopher Marsilio Ficino thought of history “as necessary for the life of mankind, not only to make it more agreeable, but to found it upon tradition.” He added: “What is in itself mortal, through history attains immortality; what is absent becomes present, what is ancient becomes new.”...

How Do We Tackle the Urban Job Crisis?

Jun 06, 2019

What can governments do to improve peoples’ preparation for the new labor market in a “glocal,” or global, economy? The concept of work is as old as civilization. Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher, used the expression praxis for doing something for its own purpose, and poiesis to designate an intention...

Graham Greene: Writing the Human Condition

Apr 03, 2019

The novels of Graham Greene, who died on April 3, 1991, epitomized the spectacle of the human psyche. Graham Greene — the legendary novelist, playwright, short story and screenplay writer, critic and journalist of the top draw — was always a mobile writer, never ever easy to pin down. His...

Audrey Hepburn's Humanitarian Star

Jan 21, 2019

Audrey Hepburn’s life, which came to an untimely end on January 20, 1993, was much more than a brilliant film career. Audrey Hepburn’s philosophy of life was direct: never in flight before contemporary difficulties. Her vision was straight and simple — that of a humble utopia that began and percolated...

Celebrating the Complexities of V.S. Naipaul

Aug 13, 2018

The late V.S. Naipaul’s writings may, at best, be described as toxically gloomy, a process of political incorrectness — of hopelessness, anxiety and alarm. Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul, who died in London, aged 85, on August 11, had a great sensitivity for ambivalence, not to speak of his attached sense...

The Case for Being Better Parents

Jul 14, 2018

Unless we reorient our attitudes toward children, our race will end up so gutted of its decency that it will matter little whether it physically survives or not. You need not switch on your TV to picture in your mind a child running across a battle-scarred terrain, while snipers try...

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