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Interview: Dr. Shehla Agarwal on Skin care, Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery

By Bidisha Bagchi

Dr. Shehla AgarwalDr.Shehla Agarwal is a well known name in the field of Dermatology, Skin care and Cosmetic Surgery. With years of practice, she conducts workshops on educating people on skin care, anti- ageing and other skin and hair related problems all over the country and abroad. She is closely involved with the print media as she regularly writes monthly columns on skin care for leading dailies in India. She spared some time from her busy schedule and spoke to WBRi about skin care, treatments and cosmetic surgery.

Why did you choose Dermatology as your specialization?

In search of Rubies in 'Ruby Falls'--Tennessee, United States


Tennessee has the highest number of known caves in the entire United States and we got a good experience of one of the most fascinating and interesting one during our visit to this state. The best part of Rock City was Ruby Falls; the World’s longest underground waterfall…phew! 

Interview: Feng Shui expert Nalini Rawal on the ancient science and its impact on our lives

By Bidisha Bagchi


An interior designer by profession in India, Nalini Rawal studied Vaastu and her interest grew in Astro Sciences. She also studied Feng Shui (Fung-Shway) and is now an expert in it. WBRi chatted with her to know more about these ancient sciences and how it works.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Promo


The good news and the bad news: Let’s hear the bad news first. No Sam Raimi and no Toby Maguire and of course no Spiderman 4. All rumors of Matt Damon being Spidey 4 are also gone down the drains. The good news, The Amazing Spider-Man is to be released soon and the super bad news is USA will be the last…like Tintin.

Recommendations on Reducing Hazardous Metals and Minerals Pollution in India

Based on paper presentation made during Indian National Science Congress Sciences (INSA)’s Society Programme and a position paper on ‘Hazardous Metals and Minerals Pollution in India: Sources Toxicity and Management.

New Delhi, Nov 18, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) While anthropogenic activities are the major source of heavy metal pollution, natural sources contribute significantly to the burden of arsenic and fluoride. Apart from industries, road runoff is also an important source.

The toxic elements enter the body mainly through water, food and air. Cosmetics, dental products, some drugs, particularly Ayurveda and Unani drugs also contribute. More research is needed to assess the extent to which these products affect human health. Public awareness should be created. There should be monitoring and control over the concentration of heavy metals in cosmetics.

The existence of metals in nano form or otherwise should be determined. Toxicity of metals bearing nano particles is a domain where systematic research needs to be carried out to establish or negate toxic factors.

Susceptibility to toxicity is influenced by age, physiological status, nutrition status and genetic factors. More research is needed to study these interactions, particularly since malnutrition is rampant in India. Where specific interactions are known: e.g. lead and calcium, fluoride and calcium, populations exposed to these toxic substances (factory workers, communities living near the factories) should receive periodic health check-up and nutritional support.