Author Archives: Rajgopal Nidamboor

Chronicle Of Sleep Disorders Told

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR There is no clear-cut definition for sleep disorders. In general, however, a sleep disorder represents a disturbance of the individual’s normal sleep patterns. Clinicians suggest that there are over 75 different types of sleep disorders. Though not all of them fit the outline, most sleep affections include mental, psychological, or physical conditions, which […]

Forever King

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Elvis Presley was not born rich; he came from a poor Mississippi family. Yet, he enriched music, like no other singer — before, or after him, primarily because he  showed a rare gift for music, at an early age. In the process, he absorbed all the styles related to a host of genres, […]

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New Year. Every Day

ABHA IYENGAR I have been thinking a lot more this time about the New Year and the resolutions we make. They are all about what we consider as failings, or drawbacks, we have, and how we are going to change, for the better. I wonder if we ever think about praising ourselves for the good […]

Hope: Our Best Bet

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR One had always thought that global war, or the somber chronicle of religious strife, was over — a case of not just an allegory agreed upon, but old hash. But history, or war, isn’t over as yet. This is because we still haven’t arrived at the magical intersection: the promised land of happiness, […]

The Monteverdi Allure

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Claudio Monteverdi was one of music’s greatest composers. He was his own symphony, and magnum opus. A martinet classicist, Monteverdi, quite simply, never ever compromised on what he thought was exact — be it a note, or a theme. He is fondly remembered, today, as the primal composer of L’Orfeo, albeit his most famous […]

Capital Conscience

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR You’d sure be amused. And, why not — with the theme itself? What’s ‘compassionate capitalism?’  A chimera?  A convenient joke? None of it. On the realistic side of things, the full meaning of the ‘eerie’ concept, or so would you think, looks like a contradiction of terms — of not only belief structures, […]

Bannister’s Magic Run

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR He’s a British sporting hero upholding impeccable standards, an archetypal athlete, strong in both will and mind. Self-effacing, suave, and gracious, he also — in the truly Churchillian sense — espoused the famed bulldog tenacity, a never-say-die attitude that’s remarkably inconsistent, if not wanting, with modern British athletes. Adaptable, creative, practical, he was […]

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The Quintessential Madhvacàrya

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Madhvacàrya, or Madhva, in the context of Indian philosophy, holds a pre-eminent place as the proponent ‘absolute’ of the Dvaita, or Dualist, school of Vedanta. A philosopher among philosophers, Madhva was no straight-line thinker. He was a pioneer — one who went against a host of established standards, or norms. What led him […]

Turmeric: The Wonder Herb

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR The Covid-19 storm has brought the good, old turmeric to the fore — as a potent immune-booster, and also as a possible preventative and therapeutic remedy no less. Turmeric [Curcuma longa] has been used for ages in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] as an anti-inflammatory agent and digestive remedy. It has also […]