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10th August, 2017
Difference between Wrong and Different: It's not 'wrong' to be 'different'
Dr KK Aggarwal
We are all different as individuals given our diverse backgrounds, skills, thoughts, etc. Yet our actions or thoughts are often influenced by what the majority does or thinks.... doing what the others are doing. This is the "herd mentality" that many of us are often guilty of. Herd mentality is a barrier to originality as it does not encourage independent thinking.
 
It is easy to fade into the background or get lost in the crowd. 'Fitting in' may seem more safe and comfortable, yet it may not give you a sense of satisfaction, which you might be subconsciously seeking.
 
Only when you think differently, can you be creative. But, creativity is not just about getting great and original ideas. Implementing these ideas is innovation. If you get an idea and you believe in it strongly, trust yourself and work to make it a reality, even if it does not conform to "accepted norms". Children have vivid imaginations, free of set patterns. Their imaginations and creativity should be nurtured.
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New Delhi, 09 August, 2017: Statistics indicate that India has recorded over 18,700 cases of dengue in 2017, thus far. Apart from other symptoms, dengue causes a drop in a person's platelet count. However, as per international guidelines, unless the platelet count is below 10,000/or there is spontaneous active bleeding, no platelet transfusion is required in case of dengue patients. According to the IMA, the cause of death in dengue is capillary leakage, which causes blood deficiency in the intravascular compartment, leading to multiorgan failure.
 
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