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...coming soon ...TOI on Aug. 10, 2017, 7 a.m.
...For two years, her illustrations helped therapists string missing pieces of her narrative: from the girl with lopsided wings soaring into the sky, to a lone matchstick figure watching children play from the other edge of the paper. Her counsellor, Uzma Parveen, says it took four sessions for Ananya (then 8)) to open up. “She struggled to articulate, but she knew she had been hurt,” Parveen says. While reliving the horror, the child screamed and broke down midway. “She revealed the rest through scribbles and doodles — they spoke of her fear, aspiration, anger and hope,” says Parveen. The sketches are among a growing ‘library’ of art by child sexual abuse survivors who choose to draw out their feelings as verbalising them is often a struggle. But their stories, most times, remain mere scribbles on paper as the country has few experts to decode them. ...TOI on June 21, 2017, 7 a.m.
...But today it is the physician’s toothy grin the 83-year-old misses the most every time he steps into the spartan interiors of a corporate hospital. “I don’t trust doctors anymore,“ he says, plaintively . The reason for the retired government employee’s cynicism is mirrored in a recent study undertaken by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Against the backdrop of escalating attacks on doctors -with three instances of violence in Chennai and Mumbai in March alone -the doctors’ body undertook a survey of 1,000 patients across the country to gauge the opinion of patients about doctors. The response of half of the patients raised eyebrows in the association: Doctors, patients said, should say `thank you’ more often. ...TOI on April 10, 2017, 7 a.m.