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Women are psychologically stronger than men: Dr Sudhir Bhave

Dr Sudhir Bhave (Photo by: Kartik Thakur)

Dr Sudhir Bhave is a renowned psychiatrist in Nagpur who has been in practice for more than thirty years. He has also been teaching at the Department of Psychiatry at NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Nagpur for more than 20 years. If psychiatry is his profession, music is his hobby and he has been seen taking to the stage to regale Nagpur music lovers many times. In an interview with Nation Next, Dr Sudhir Bhave talks about psychiatry, music therapy and stress adaptation in men and women.


You are one of the leading psychiatrists in Nagpur. How has the journey been so far?

My father was a central government employee and it’s because of that, I did my schooling from places like Delhi and Calcutta. After my MBBS, I did my MD in psychiatry from Chandigarh and then I went to UK to specialize in child psychology. Since then I am practicing psychiatry and I think I have done justice to the profession so far. The journey has been highly satisfying. Ever since I was a kid, I dreamt of helping people both physically and psychologically and bringing them out of difficulty.

 A lot of psychologists are doubling up as psychiatrists in Nagpur. How does one differentiate between the services of both?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialises in psychiatry whereas a psychologist is a counsellor who can provide you with the psychological therapy without any biological treatment.

The gap between number of doctors amongst men and women is closing. Do you think we are finally beginning to see gender equality in medicine or is there still a long way to go?

Yes, female practitioners are increasing day by day. In fact, more females have been joining the field lately. Even in the Department of Psychiatry at Lata Mangeshkar College, Nagpur, we have more number of female students than males. Earlier there was a prejudice that only mad people consult a psychiatrist, but now these stereotypes are rapidly changing. Any person suffering from day to day stress or depression is now consulting an expert for motivation and support. Our field is expanding at a much greater pace and more number of people are taking up this subject to explore the dimensions of human behaviour.

Usually it is seen that a doctor’s children too opt for medical field, as in your case. Is it majorly because their parents have already set up a ?family business Don’t you think that some doctors pressurize their kids to enter the rat race for medical seats

I agree that some parents want their kids to pursue the career they have made a foundation of but there are some parents who do not want their kids to take up the careers that they themselves are involved in. Parents pressurise their kids as they want a secure future for them, which is justified. But they should make sure that their concern does not make their child insecure. Kids of doctors who pursue a career in medical field out of obligation are often not happy at later stages of life. So, I would advise parents to let their kids choose their career and support them. 

It must be very stressful for you to deal with many complicated psychiatric cases on a daily basis. Have you ever felt the need of counselling for yourself?

Yes, sometimes it becomes very hectic and exhausting. Every person needs a break from routine and I need it too. Some people have a misconception that in the process of dealing with depressed or stressful patients, a psychiatrist gets affected too. But that’s not the case at all. As we know the therapy and the technique, we apply it on ourselves too. Being a psychiatrist, I have an added advantage of dealing well with the stress levels. 

 Is stress adaptation gender biased

Men and women both are prone to stress but women can deal with stress better both biologically and psychologically. For example, if a male dies in a family, his female better half will try to get involved in the house hold chores and will try to overcome the loss. But if the husband is left behind alone, it becomes difficult for him to deal with the pain. Though men are perceived to be strong, they are a little more sensitive to emotional ups and down, whereas women are way stronger psychologically.

What are your views on mercy killing? Does psychology has a role to play in this

Yes, psychology has a great role to play in Euthanasia (mercy killing). Very often, we are called to counsel patients suffering from cancer. The thought of cancer depresses them to such an extent that they lose all their hopes. So we encourage them to keep a positive and strong mind and try to reduce their mental stress. But sometimes death is more peaceful than severe pain and that’s where Euthanasia is recommendable. It’s a rational suicide just to get rid of the intolerable and unalterable pain.

You’re also involved in a research in music therapy at Lata Mangeshkar College?

People often relate their favourite songs to the moments in life and this habit of people can be exploited in this therapy. I am the first person in the world who has suggested that film music as a therapy will be effective in treating patients.

What is your message for a stress free life?

A hobby can have a huge impact in a persons life. In life punctuation marks are important and hobby is a punctuation mark. When I go home after work, I pursue my hobby which is music. It relives me of my stress and helps in muscle relaxation. It can induce both mental and physical recreation even in diseases like diabetes and hypertension. So, every person in his/her leisure time should pursue something they are passionate about.

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai




Radhika Dhawad | Bombuflat
Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.

The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read




Radhika Dhawad | Bombuflat


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…

The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.

The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.

Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.

Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.

In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.

Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.

Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but 

former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1. 

There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget. 

To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved 

in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.

In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.

Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.

Also read: Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal

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DPS Kamptee tops in ‘Public Vegetable Garden,’ clinches 2nd spot in ‘Big Institutional Garden’




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road in Nagpur bagged the first prize in the category ‘Public Vegetable Garden’
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road in Nagpur bagged the first prize in the category 'Public Vegetable Garden.'
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road in Nagpur bagged the first prize in the category ‘Public Vegetable Garden’ and the second prize in the category ‘Big Institutional Garden.’
The award was presented by Ram Joshi, Additional  Commissioner, City and services at the KK Thakur Memorial Hall on 5th February, 2023. The ‘Annual Flower Show 2023’ was organised in the memory of Leelatai Subhedar to enhance and increase public interest in flowers. A team from the club visited the premises of the participants to judge their Rose Gardens, Lawns, Kitchen Gardens, Terraces and Balcony Gardens.
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road sprawls across a lush green, naturalistic, peaceful and protected 17 acres of land. It is one of those places, which preserves and upholds greenery with a wide range of attractive seasonal flowers and exotic plants. The visitors were delighted to witness the variety of plants in their mesmerizing colours and an array of other seasonal flower plants and the vegetable garden. 
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road in Nagpur bagged the first prize in the category 'Public Vegetable Garden.'
The school gardens are an important part of the school’s educational programme and it provides hands-on learning experience for our students in areas such as horticulture, biology and environmental stewardship.
On the other hand, the kitchen garden has become a source of fresh, nutritious produce for our school community and a demonstration of the school’s commitment to sustainable food systems.
This recognition is a testament to the hard work, passion and dedication of Tulika Kedia, President and Pro-Vice Chairperson, Delhi Public School Kamptee Road and MIHAN, Nagpur. She’s an ardent nature lover and nature conservationist who has a deep respect for the natural world and a commitment to protect it for future generations. 
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