Yogeshwer Shukla’s toxic career of Ayurvedic infusions

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Welcome to another hagiography of an acdemic career built on fabricated research results, brought to you by Smut Clyde. Today’s Photoshop hero is professor Yogeshwer Shukla, a highly distinguished Indian expert of toxicology, cancer research, proteomics and recently also nanotechnology, where he announced to cure cancer with nanoparticles soaked in Ayurvedically-relevant plant extracts. Shukla spent his entire career at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) in Lucknow, where he has practised his art for almost 35 years since his early days of PhD in 1984, and where he now made it as Chief Scientist of Food, Drug and Chemical Toxicology.

The man who is not afraid to use a mango or even a pomegranate to kill cancer, received awards from the Indian Society of Health, Environment, Education and Research, for his Photoshop contributions in the field of cancer chemoprevention. Shukla, who probably will proclaim resveratrol’s antioxidative…

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Welcome to College, You’re Going to Hell — Queerly Texan

On my first week of college in the Fall Semester of 2018, I sat outside my biology class waiting for the previous class to exit the room before my class began. A person then walked down the hall handing out papers folded in half. Since this was our first day of class, I thought that […]

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I am a doctor from a remote village in Kerala currently preparing for my PG entrance exam.i am from a middle class family.my father was a government employee and my mother a house wife.i have a brother who is happily married and is staying abroad.i am recently married and my wife is also working in medical field.
I had a normal childhood .me and my brother like any other kids had gone through everything that kids of that age goes through.
my first distinct childhood memory is about our house in Kochi near mandiram church.my father was transferred there and the house was rented to us by doctor vally ammaal ,it was on her ancestral property of fifty cents area.the house was a small single storied one with a guvava tree adjacent to the front porch and a small pond.in the evening we used to watch sparrows take a bath in the sand leaving behind a small pit.monsoon will bring a generous amount of water near our front porch and the pond often gets flooded and the fish and tortoise make their way out of it and near our front porch…we used to feed them from our meals generously.. some tortoise even enter inside our house and find comfort in the corners of our house.
    The guvava tree had a fruit or two every other day… but we had to fight with sparrows, squirrels,crows and fruit bats to secure the price.the red colour,the juicyness  ,our acrobatics on the tree to get the guvava still brings vivid nostalgic memories of our priceless childhood.. only when we lose something do we realize how valuable it was to us .we realized it when father was transferred again back to our home…we were sad… We don’t wanted to go.. but we had to.. still I think a part of myself remain there in those fifty cents of land.

A Dream

Last night i had a dream

I was watching my reflection on the stream

Deeply dejected and unsound

I was not aware of the things going around

It started raining all of a sudden

It woke me from my string of thoughts

I looked around i was all alone

And chance of finding a stay seemed none

To find a place to take shelter from the rain

I ran around looking for it but in vain

Lightning flashed and thunder roared

All i wanted was to go back home

I couldn’t find my way in the middle of the storm

It seem like i will never get home

The roaring wind stopped my way

And the slanting drops blurred my vision

the trees were swaying like grass in breeze

The dark clouds have engulfed the sun

The fury of nature was unleashed on me

I felt like soon,there will be no me

I tried and tried to go forward

But i was humbled by mother nature

I closed my eyes and stopped struggling

I let myself go with the wind

The rain  stopped and the storm had gone

When i opened my eyes i was home

Mikhael Movie Review …with spoilers

Dear friends after watching this movie ,the first thing i asked myself is ,where is this story happening?? it cannot be, anyplace in this world or any other known or unknown…apparently this story happens in a Dystopian place somewhere in Kerala where injustice is normal and police will either perpetuate it or help you do it in style with slow motions and great background score by Gopi sunder. ..Mikhael the protagonist played by Nivin Pauli is a doctor.some bad people are trying to kill his sister Jenny ,and Mikhael like the guardian angel protects her every time..why they are trying to kill jenny and how Mikhael protects her from the bad guys…. this my friends is Mikhael -Guardian Angel for you.


Needless to say that the story is quite predictable…the only thing that we are waiting for is when and where are the things that we already know are going to happen…

.we have seen similar themes before in many films…there are too many loose ends which forces us to not believe in the story.

i think the characters dont have depth and unnecessary characters are included which made too many loose ends.charachters like suraj venjaramood doesn’t have any motivation to help mikhayel but he is doing it just because he want to hear the story about him from his senior.he is convinced too soon and too easy which i think is a major flaw in the movie.

historically in Malayalam movies  doctors are either depicted as too self righteous or scum of the society who is all about money. this movie is also not any different in perpetuating stereotypes about doctors and police.depicting reality is not the need but could have omitted the stereo types.

my most memorable scene from the movie is the one in which sidhique is talking to kpac lalitha about his son ,after his son is dead.

the  writer done a below average job


I think Haneef Adeni is a good director.though there is nothing new in it,predictability of the story ,he is able to entertain the audience with being truthful to his strengths i.e to provide mass scenes to the audience and pulling them off in style.i think he has got the knack to pull off hits which are pure entertainers.i think Haneef Adeni is an above average director who need a better script writer. the right script can do wonders for this man.


I think the editing is fine.

Music & Background Score

Gopi Sunder have done a fine job in the background score…though there is not much scope for music in this thriller one song is there which is alright .it is the background score that sells the movie .could have used silence in a few places where background sounds could have avoided.


Nivin Pauli,Sidhique,J.D Chakravarthy , Kishore ,Navani Devanand have done their job well….KPAC Lalitha,Shanthi Krishna ,Ashokan,Suraj Venjaaramoodu,Baiju,Kalabhavan Shajon have limited space to perform so as the rest of the cast…..Unni Mukundan’s villain is the biggest let down.other than showing his well maintained body and cool fighting skills there is nothing in it.

overall if you are a Nivin Pauli / Unni Mukundan fan you may like this film because everything fans expect from a movie is there in it….it is a one time watch mass entertainer movie


story- 2/5



music and background score- 3/5


overall rating – 2.5/5



Chandrolsavam – An in-depth analysis

Silma Reviews

In Malayalam cinema, there is no ordinary everyday love. It’s always the flawless protagonists falling in flawless love with some poetic adjectives thrown around. One such flawless (also, pointless) love story is Chandrolsavam.

chandrolsavam movie poster

Now, first things first. Chandrolsavam is a movie which has no pretensions on the position of women in this society. This was early 2000s, and director Ranjith gave no flying fuck about women.

ranjith and women chandrolsavam

A minute or two into the movie, we realize it; the lead woman, Indu, is just a body desired by men in the village. She is apparently in love with Chirakkal Srihari, something that the entire village knows about. But her fiancee gives zero fucks, because he knows the woman will come his way after she has his children. Not my reading, he literally spills it out.

As we eagerly wait to know who this Srihari is, a drunken middle aged guy starts a…

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