We all have either stood in the witness stand or been a judge of others. However judgement is very tricky, because in every judgement their is always some bias. In my school was a girl – bright and intelligent – she was especially good in English. The class teacher use to dote on her and in English she always came first. She was tipped to top the School board in English. When the results came she got above average score but nowhere close to the top. The boy who came first was a good student but never the brilliant one in our class. Why? It was due to bias. One explanation, the class teacher was so biased that she inadvertently overlooked this young girls mistake many times leading to inflated marks.Thus the mystery for was solved. That same teacher who was good friends with my aunt, told her that I would account for nothing and for a while I believed it. Even now she has difficultly believing that I finished my Ph. D. Teachers who are always in the judgement seat need to be careful not to fall into such trap of bias.What I have learnt from those and other biases I have faced are 1) Believe in yourself 2) Don’t judge or underestimate anyone 3) Don’t let others dictate your life 4) Have a good mentor in your life 5) Be a mentor to others.
This is a typical village in India lined with its small shops and houses, some better than others. There are acres upon acres of farm land that is surrounded by beautiful hills and rivers. The Tunga and the Badravathi river run close by. In the mud paved bylanes of a small village of Narispura in Karnataka you can find Vaidya naryana murthy humble home where three days a week he distributes medicines to cure all kinds of ailments.
To get to Narisipura you have to get to Anandapura first. Anandapura is about 20 kilometers from Sagara and about 60 kilometers from Shimoga. Both these towns are well connected by bus or train from Bangalore and other major cities. Once you reach Sagara you could hire a cab or take a local bus to Anandapura, from there take a rickshaw to Narisipura. Once you reach Anandapura you can ask people and they will guide you to Narayamurthy’s home. Another route is through Shimoga which is good size tourist town, private vechiles ply from Shimoga to Anandapura, from there you take a auto rickshaw. The rickshaw drivers make a killing out of this enterprise.
Once you reach the place, you are sure to find a long line of people who travel from all parts of India and sometimes abroad. There is no good food joints or even proper drinking water or proper toilets. On any given day the wait could be anywhere between a 3 hours to 12 hours. I waited for 10 hours in the queue without food or water before I could meet him. If you bring in a sick patient you can go inside without waiting. There are always touts and other nasty kind who would jump queues making it more difficult for the honest minded. You will find all kinds of people but mostly people from rural areas with little means to afford other kind of medications. The good thing is there is no special line you have to wait in queue and get your medication. Things could be organized a bit effectively and can reduce the wait times by half, but then there is little motivation to do that. Such places might is right, so be on the look out.
The dispensary is open Thursday/Saturday evenings, and Sunday the whole day. Best day is Thursday, avoid Sunday if possible. After a long wait once you manage to meet him, you will have a couple of minutes at the most. At this point you will most likely be exhausted, parched and disoriented. So make sure you have a list of questions you can ask him. Also make sure you have reports and are succinct with your answers to his questions. With the medications he gives instructions. For cancer cases he has instructions printed in a pink slip in different languages. Sometimes they run of these slips so instructions are given verbally, usually in kannada. If you don’t know Kannada it would be a little difficult, since Narayanamurthy converses only in Kannada, a little bit of Hindi, tamil but not much. His son and Mr. Reddy who assist him also speaks only kannada. If you speak to them in English they usually converse back in Kannada. Therefore make sure you take your time understanding the instructions. For example in my case, he said three spoons with lime water after food, what spoon size I forgot to ask. If you forget something you can go back in without standing in queue, so before you leave make sure that you have your checklist ready and ensure you have asked all the questions. He is usually very patient given the fact that he is in his mid 60’s and dispenses these 12-14 hours straight.
Lot of people wonder of the effectiveness of the medications. Part of it is faith and other is the effect, if you believe then things will happen. As per the one of the documented that featured him, Ayurveda the art of being, research with IISC showed that the medicines are potent for cancer. While waiting in queue I met a person from Bangalore who was coming here the fourth time. His brother had 4th stage cancer that had spread to the lungs and all around his body below the throat. He showed scan report that showed the before and after, and reduction of almost 70% after these medications. His brother is also under chemo, so depending on what you want to believe you can decide for yourself. Most people I spoke to said they had positive impact especially for cancer and stones (kidney/gall) related cases. It is certainly lot better and cheaper than traditional medication, especially if not life threatening.
His charge is fixed 100 rupees per medication, so if you go for a kidney stone and eye problem it is 200 rupees. I will continue to update as I get information on my dad’s conditions and his response to this medication of narayana murthy.
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Update Aug 12th 2014
Depending on the grade of cancer, the success rate of Chemo can vary from 90% and below. Some people respond well to chemo while others dont, it depends on the general health condition of the patient. The will to survive and having a positive outlook plays a very important role in the patient recovery. Not only the patient but his family needs to be cool and be positive at all times. Like Chemo, Narayana murthy’s medication works on some and does not on others. It will depend on your faith on the treatment and letting the medicine do its job. Like Chemo, there are side effects in some patients that may include pain, discomfort or even nausea. Once you are committed please go through with it. If it does not seem to work after one cycle then you may discontinue. His medications can also be taken with Chemo, it is advised to stop it during the days the patient gets chemo. So plan your cycles accordingly. Once you make the medicine it will be good to finish it within the prescribed period to maintain its potency, so if you are doing a 9 day session with Murthy’s medication, make sure there is no break due to chemo/radio session.
Update Dec 29th 2014
My dad took one dose of his medicine and is so far cancer free. He had some loose motions but no other side effects during the treatment. Due to his age no Chemo was recommended. We plan to get him his next dose in January 2015.