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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Mumbai - Pune - Mumbai!

Although I was born in Pune and lived there for most of my life, my circumstances were such, that I have been traveling to Mumbai ever since I was born and have lived in Mumbai for five years. Currently too, I reside here- in Mumbai.

The two cities, Mumbai and Pune are so geographically close yet so different! I notice these tiny differences in both the cities each and every time I travel to and fro!

The age old argument whether "Bombay"(Mumbai) is better or "Poona"(Pune) still goes on whenever people from these two cities meet.

There are a vast number of differences and it's almost impossible to jot them all. Nevertheless, here are some interesting differences-

  • Mumbaikars talk of one place to another in terms of time- For e.g- Dadar is an half an hour away from Churchgate by fast train.
  • Punekars talk in terms of kilometers- For e.g- Bibwewadi 12.3 kms away from Ferguson Road.

  • Mumbai is a city which never sleeps, everyone here is awake almost 24 X 7
  • Pune is awake till 11 pm in the night maximum and yes people in Pune are asleep in the afternoons and shops are shut from 1 pm to 3 or 4 pm usually.
Transport in Mumbai

  • For Mumbaikars, local train is the best mode of transport, cheap and easy.
  •  For Punekars, their own vehicle is the best mode of transport and they travel by it wherever they please according to their will.
    Transport in Pune

  • For Mumbaikars the street food on the go is 'Vada Pav & Samosa Pav'
    Vada Pav
  • For Punekars the street food on the go is 'Kachchi Dabeli & Misal Pav'

Kachchi Dabeli

  • Despite being a city in Maharashtra, Mumbaikars speak in 'Hindi' almost all of the time. A Maharashtrian learns to speak Hindi in Mumbai!
  • Pune has preserved it's Maharashtrian culture and speak in 'Pure Marathi' almost all of the time. A Non Maharashtrian learns to speak to Marathi in Pune!

  • Think Mumbai- Think Business. Mumbai is the best city to earn money and is the business capital of the country
  • Think Pune- Think Education. Pune is also called the Oxford of the East and is the best city to learn and get a good degree.

  • Mumbaikars are famous for their "spirit" and even when they are on the go, they will help you if they can.
  • Punekars are famous for their "Puneri" attitude and are a bit reserved and are famous for their "attitude."

  • Mumbai is a moving city with people moving about all the time. Hustle bustle is a part of Mumbai!
  • Pune is the best city to relax and chill out as life here is comparatively slower.

  • Mumbai has wonderful beaches and Bollywood!
  • Pune has forts from Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj's time and  'Peshwai' tradition!

  • The climate in Mumbai is very humid and the rainy season is pretty heavy here!
  • The climate in Pune is cool and pleasant most of the times and rainy season is comparatively lighter!

Lalbaughcha Raja - Mumbai
  • The Ganesh Chaturthi Festival is celebrated here with glamour and Bollywood songs. Mumbai has 'Lal Baugcha Raja' as it's king!

  • The Ganesh Festival was started by Lokmanya Tilak in Pune and it still keeps up with the original tradition by plays, "lay jhim" and "dhol" playing among many other things. No Bollywood for Punekars please! Pune has 'Dagdusheth Halwai' Ganpati and 5 'manache ganpati' 
Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati - Pune

  • For Mumbaikars 'Chowpatty' means a some food available near the beach
  • For Punekars 'Chowpatty' means food at Camp in Pune without any water in far sight!

So whether it's Marine Drive at night in Mumbai or visiting the 'Parvati' mountain early morning in Pune, each city has it's own charm.
Marine Drive- Mumbai

Parvati Mountain- Pune

I find it totally impossible to say which is better although the residents of each city will claim that their city is better than the other. 

As for me, I love both the cities. ( No actually, do I love Pune more because I am a punekar?? umm.. Can't really decide...!!! )

Do visit these two cities if you haven't and I am sure you will have a unique and fulfilling experience of both of them and then you can decide whether 'Aamchi Mumbai' is better or "Amhi Punekar" is!!

Or just like me, you can relax and enjoy and love both the cities for their differences!

Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy. Be You.

Au Revoir!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Physiotherapy- A way to better life!

Physiotherapy or Physical therapy.. What is it??

In India, most people are unaware of what exactly is physiotherapy and what a physiotherapist does. The plight of physiotherapists is such that despite slogging for years, we hardly get any recognition or a decent amount of remuneration. 

In India, the condition is such that despite we being given the prefix "Doctor" there is hardly any respect or awareness about this profession. Yes, the awareness is increasing but not at the level that it should. We physios are willing to dedicate our lives in the service of humanity just like other medical professions but there is lack of opportunity for us to do so!!

Another problem physiotherapists face is constant attempts of other medical faculties like MBBS, Orthopaedics and other branches in trying to put down the profession. 

Not all of them are like that of course! There are so many wonderful and respectable doctors from other medical fraternities that I have met, but there are some of them who aren't so happy about the growth of physiotherapy! I wonder why!!!

The awareness about what physiotherapy is, is lacking in the medical professionals as well as among common public.

Anyway, Let me get started with the basic introduction. These points are just very very basic and simple to understand!

Physiotherapy is a four and a half year degree course in India. All over the world, the duration of the course varies but mostly the base remains the same. It is a drug-less field where a patient gets cured through the help of exercises, certain treatment and hands-on therapy done by the therapist and also with the help of certain electrical modalities as and when needed. 

I slogged for four and half years to become a physiotherapist. I also went on to do a certified course in Manual Therapy from Australia.

So what does a physiotherapist do?

1. A physiotherapist treats the patient with the help of exercises and electrical modalities.

2. A physiotherapist is basically involved in the rehabilitation of the patient and getting him back to his normal daily life. 

3. A physiotherapist can independently diagnose and treat a condition.

4. A physiotherapist can treat a variety of conditions including neurological, orthopaedic, cardiovascular and respiratory, medicine and surgical cases and also gynaecological, obesity and geriatric (old people) cases. If you have any back pain, sports injury, post surgical rehab, paralysis, parkinson's disease or celebral palsy or if you need exercises pre and post pregnancy, you should consult a physiotherapist.. These are just a few examples I am stating. There is much more to it. 

5. It is a vast and INDEPENDENT profession which has a masters degree and PhD too.

6. A physiotherapist consults doctors from other fields like surgeons, orthopaedics , general physicians,etc to get to know the root problem of the patient and the treatment provided by others. If needed he will send the client/patient to other doctors when the treatment needed is something more than or not related to what he/she does. 

What a physiotherapist does NOT do?

1. A physiotherapist does not perform surgery

2. A physiotherapist does not prescribe medicines.

3. A physiotherapist is not a Massage Therapist for God's Sake! (height of stupid thinking!)

4. A physiotherapist does not give injections.

5. A physiotherapist is NOT a technician who will listen to other doctors dictating what they should and should not do.

Kindly be aware of people who claim to be physiotherapists and do not have a proper medical or anatomical understanding or a physiotherapy degree. Please be careful of quacks in this practice who are ruining the reputation of physiotherapy.

This post is an urge to all physiotherapists to come together and form a council and stand up for our rights. If we need to change the system we must remain in the system and bring about a change. Simply cribbing about the condition of physiotherapy in India isn't going to help.

Get up, get going and take action! Stand up and fight!!!


Dr. Manasi Joshi. (PT)
B.P.Th, C.O.M.T Australia, Writer and Blogger.