Skip to main content

Posts

India’s Mathemagician multiplies numbers at lightning speed

Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 2 December 2020 Born into an average Indian family in the state of Kerala 30 years ago, Vivek Raj never thought that he would become a Math’s wizard one day, and bag awards for doing the fastest mental calculations with ease. Vivek, a resident of Arattuvazhy village in Alappuzha district of Kerala, who now conducts shows titled ‘Mathemagics’ for young students, got hooked to calculations when his father Raphael P C (a school teacher then) gifted him a simple calculator when he turned 13 years of age and was in Class VII. The turning point in his life came when his Class XII English teacher Fr. Titus Chullickal asked his students what came into their mind thinking of number 7. While some of the students replied about the seven wonders of the world, the seven colours of the rainbow and the seven continents, Vivek multiplied the number seven by itself several times and reached a 11-digit number in a matter of seconds.   (7x7=49x7=343x7=2,401x7=16,807x7=1,17
Recent posts

Doctors remove wooden shrapnel lodged in man’s brain during mishap, save his life

  Doctors remove wooden shrapnel lodged in man’s brain during mishap, save his life   Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 28 October 2020                                                                                                            Trying to avoid hitting a dog that suddenly came into his path, turned into a horrendous ordeal for a 42-year-old man in India.   As was his daily routine, on October 7, Kumar Perumal, a farmer from Mazhavanthangal village in Tamil Nadu, India, had gone to work in his field in the neighbouring village of Adukkam located around 3 kms away at morning, and was returning home at around 7 pm on his 2-wheeler. All of a sudden, a dog ran on to the road, catching him unaware. Trying to avoid hitting the dog, Kumar swerved his motorcycle, and ended up falling off the 2-wheeler on to a roadside bush.   He struck a thick wooden branch, and the force of the impact was such that the branch splintered and penetrated his left temple.   Seeing the severity of the injury, h

Doctors remove bullet from 16-year-old’s skull 3 months after mishap, save his life

Doctors remove bullet from 16-year-old’s skull 3 months after mishap, save his life   Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 21 October 2020   Attempt to make a firearm at home backfired on a 16-year-old in Sikkim state of India. He was injured when the firearm misfired, when he was apparently testing it around three months ago, and the bullet pierced through his forehead above the left eye. But instead of rushing to a hospital to remove the shrapnel and get treated, the teenager decided against it, and only approached the doctors in September last week after he started getting unbearable headaches and vomiting.  “The 16-year-old patient   (name withheld for privacy)   was brought to the emergency reception with complaints of headache, nausea and vomiting and fever for one month. Three months ago, he had an accident while trying out a firearm he had designed. After watching a few online videos on how to build a gun with readily available materials like metal pipes, rods and matchsticks, he built one

Man’s severed palm rejoined in marathon 7-hour long surgery

  Man’s severed palm rejoined in marathon 7-hour long surgery   Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 16 October 2020   42-year-old Chandra  (full name not disclosed to protect identity) , a worker in a small industrial unit at Indapur a town about 130 kilometers south east of Pune city in Maharashtra, India, having a job during the Coronavirus lockdown period was quite fortunate as many have been rendered jobless during the pandemic.   However, misfortune struck him on October 9 while he was at work. At around noon while he was attending a press cutter machine, which is used to cut metal sheets, one of his co-workers switched on the machine unaware that Chandra was at the machine. In a split second, Chandra’s left hand got stuck inside the machine and got cut at the palm level.   Horrified he fell down and was rushed along with the severed limb, to a nearby hospital in Indapur itself.   The local doctor preserved the amputated part and bandaged the bleeding stump. He then referred the patient to No

Man locks up wife in toilet for over a year, welfare officials rescue her

  Man locks up wife in toilet for over a year, welfare officials rescue her   Sumesh Rajan Mumbai: 15 October 2020   In a case of extreme cruelty, a man in Rishpur village of Panipat district in Haryana state of India locked up his wife in a toilet for over one and a half years, barely feeding her.   The couple have been married for the last 17 years and have three children -- a 16-year-old son and two daughters aged 15 and 11.   The atrocity came to light when a neighbour called up the District Women protection and Child Marriage Prohibition Officer Rajani Gupta, and informed about the plight of the woman on October 13.   “The 39-year-old victim Ramrati was confined to the 3 feet by 3 feet toilet by her husband Naresh Rakma Kumar for about 18 months. I received an anonymous tip off about the fate of Ramrati on October 13, and after informing about it to the local police, rushed to the said spot along with my team of four personnel,” informed District Women protection and Child Marriag

Doctors remove 3 kg tumour from man’s jaw in 11-hour-long marathon surgery

Doctors remove 3 kg tumour from man’s jaw in 11-hour-long marathon surgery Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 24 September 2020   In a jaw dropping 11-hour-long marathon surgery doctors in India removed a 3 kg tumour from the jaw of a 37-year-old man ( name withheld to protect identity ).    The life-saving surgery took 11 hours, and involved the removal of the patient’s jaw and cheek bone, and reconstruction of his face and neck using tissues from his thigh and chest.   “The patient came to us in early March with a bloated face and a massive tumour hanging out from the left side of his jaw. He was unable to even flex his neck and could not look down. He also found it difficult to wear his clothes. There was blood and fluid oozing out of the growth, which had huge portions of dead and decaying cells. He had a history of tobacco chewing, which is the most probable cause that led to the malignant growth on his jaw,” said Dr Saurabh Gupta, Consultant, Surgical Oncology, at Max Super Specialty Hospit

Man swallows 19-cm long toothbrush, doctors pull it out from his stomach

  Man swallows 19-cm long toothbrush, doctors pull it out from his stomach   Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 22 September 2020    The habit of using a toothbrush to clean the throat proved too dangerous for a man in India when he inadvertently swallowed the whole brush. Luckily for him, doctors removed the 19 centimetres (7.5 inches) long brush – which had entered his stomach – within 24 hours and saved his life.   The 49-year-old man ( name withheld to protect identity ) from the small town of Roing in the North-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, India, was as his routine after brushing the teeth was cleaning his throat with the toothbrush on September 15 morning when it accidentally slipped past his food pipe.   The frightened man rushed to a nearby private clinic where he was asked to go to a hospital at Pasighat, located around 108 kilometres away (two and a half hours drive away) from Roing. The doctors there referred him to the state run Bakin Pertin General Hospital (BPGH).   At BPGH,