No life-altering philosophies. No depressing stories. No war crimes or injured puppy pictures. This is where you come at the end of a long day to smile and relax. So sit back, order a refreshing drink and share a laugh with me, your bartender for the evening.
And always remember that age-old, fluorescent green rule of life : An appletini a day keeps the doctor away.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Look beyond the numbers

"Children are our country's future." How many times have we heard that saying? There is a future Sachin Tendulkar hidden somewhere, a Bachchan and Rajinikanth just waiting to be found. Scientists of the future who will do us proud and authors who will weave prose that will stir our very soul.

But sometimes you have to look beyond the dreams of endless bouquets. You have to earn that right to dream. And that takes some serious introspection, something we tend to avoid as much as possible.

Beyond the dreams and castles in the sky, look at the numbers we have presently. Over 450 million children walk the 'vast expanse' that is India. To put that number into a more meaningful perspective, that is MORE THAN the entire human population of the continent of North America. Sorry as it is to admit, from there on, the statistics for our children only get worse.
  • 10% of the children born every year in India do not live up to the age of five years.
  • 4 out of 5 Indian children under the age of 3 years are anemic. 1 in 2 have iodine deficiency.
  • Less than 50% of India's child population attend school - naturally, even fewer complete high school.
  • 3% of the population of Indian children suffer from some disability - physical or mental.
  • 1 out of every two girls in India is malnourished. 
  • 1 in 12 girls born in India do not live to see their first birthday.
  • Less than 50% receive their complete vaccination and are hence prone for debilitating illness in the future.