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Coolie Woman -story of woman struggles during Migration

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New Delhi: Coolie Woman is the story of a young woman who sailed all the away from India to Guiana as a ”coolie”. British had coined this term for the indentured laborers who worked as slaves on sugar plantation around the world.
The protagonist in the book is pregnant and traveling alone and like many others, her story has faded in past. Gaiutra Bahadur, the writer, and great-granddaughter of the woman, is on a journey to find her. During her expedition through three continents and uncounted colonial archives, she finds the lost stories of million other women like her great-grandmother who were widows, runaways or outcasts.
Coolie woman is the story of survival. It is the story of the beginning of the Indian culture existing today in the Caribbean islands.
Coolie Woman was published in 2013 in the US, UK, India, Caribbean and South Africa. The book was shortlisted for the UK’s Orwell Book Prize and was the winner of 2014 Gordon K and Sybil Lewis Prize for the best book about the Caribbean.
Writer Gaiutra Bahadur is an award-winning American journalist. She writes on the issue of migration and gender. Her many articles have been published at various places New York Times, Washington Post and The Observer.
The book Coolie woman is available on Amazon. com.

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Low Cure Rate For Childhood Cancer in India: Experts

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Health insurance covers only for hospitalization and doesn’t necessarily cover the medical expenses incurred for the treatment of major illnesses. flickr

Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

Cancer survivor. Flickr

Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)