Read Amma the way you want!

Most of the chapters in the memoir Amma are hardly a page long. If you wish, you can continue reading one chapter to the next, starting from the list of contents here.

However, I’m also experimenting with some interesting ways for you to read Amma. This page is all about those experiments!

Depending on who you are and what kind of stuff interests you, you can read only specific chapters of the memoir. Here’s help.

(All links open in a new tab, to make it easy for you to keep open multiple chapters if you wish to)

Here are interesting things you can know from specific chapters of Amma

By the way, this will be some times like the treasure hunt. You will have the answer to the question for sure on the chapter/s mentioned, but you may have to look all around – left, right, up and low. So take it as a bit of fun exercise!

What you wish to knowChapter/s
For an average adult, what are the chances that he/she will have a heart attack or stroke in a year? Aortic dissection
When was the earliest recorded case of a heart attack?Aortic dissection
How does the heart work?A tale of two pumps
Weak hearts
What is the role of aorta in the human body?Aortic dissection
Where does the aorta start and end in humans?Aortic dissection
What are the chances of survival from an aortic dissection?Aortic dissection
Why are aortic dissections frequently misdiagnosed as heart attacks?Aortic dissection
A descending aortic dissectionAnother aortic dissection!
She wouldn’t survive 10 hours!
Can an aorta burst?A second ticking time bomb
How did Albert Einstein die?Ticking time bomb
Aortic disor
ders
Could Einstein have lived longer had he wished to?Aortic disorders
When are heart attacks most frequent?Landing with a thud in my heart
What are the chances that you have hypertension (high blood pressure?)Hypertension
Blood pressure
What could maids do if they get really angry with their owners?Honest
How smartly can you use vegetable waste?Smartness that matters
Are gold medals really made of gold?Priceless
Are queen bees really the queens and bosses of bee hives?Bee and queen bee
Is it a bad idea to be seated for a prolonged duration?Alive = active
Can some people be super relaxed about everything?Appa
What exactly is a weak heart?Weak hearts
Are some chambers of the heart more important than others?Weak hearts
What is the one big mistake people do in the context of blood pressure medications?All’s well. Really?
Can people live with a dissected aorta?Another aortic dissection!
She wouldn’t survive 10 hours!
Ticking time bomb
How many people die worldwide every year?Hypertension
How many people die worldwide every year directly or indirectly due to hypertension?Hypertension
Which age group should be most concerned about hypertension?Hypertension
How can you live for 100 years?Living to a 100
Can blood pressure result in problems in the brain, lungs and kidneys?Hypertension
How many people die from cancer and diabetes every year?Hypertension
Can turbulence cause airplanes to crash?Life on a thin branch
Is it a good idea to sleep on the floor?Down to earth
How easy is it to make changes to and compromises in life?An agnostic almost gets religion
Nut cases
How many flowers can a well grown night jasmine (parijaat) plant produce in a day?Designing good times
Is tickling soles good for health?Tickling my soles
Did Bill Gates work in the domains of toilets & shit?Of academic interest
What is the maximum number of close relationships that normal humans can have?I am her friend
Who wrote the book with the rather intriguing title “Who will cry when you die?”Who will cry when you die?
For a male, is it good to have a sister?Big and small
Sons and daughters
Are all men bozos?Priceless
Why do we get varicose veins?Varicose veins
Can stockings reduce leg pain?Pulling up my socks
Can I find out if I have heart failure by looking at my feet?Pulling up my socks
How do diuretics (water pills) help those with heart failure?Pulling up my socks
What percentage of the world’s adult population suffer from diabetes?Restless legs syndrome
Is there a cure for restless legs syndrome?Restless legs syndrome
Is it a good idea to take strong medicines for nerve related ailments?Hard lessons from strong medicines
How safe and reliable is medical advice from online sources?Fleas.com
Did the circus man PT Barnum really say “There’s a sucker born every minute?:A sucker a minute
Why was Achilles vulnerable in his heels, according to Greek mythology?Achilles leg
Is it a healthy practice go down memory lane?Down memory lane
Is there a reason why south Indians do kolams in front of their houses?Kolams
What are the symptoms that people with heart problems should really watch out for?I was her doctor
What is the normal hemoglobin range for healthy humans?When strengths become weaknesses
What do blood oxygen levels really indicate?Last days at home
Is there a scientific way to measure the extent of your consciousness?Fighting till the end
Is there a cure for blood pressure?Blood pressure
How many people worldwide have high blood pressure but are not taking steps to control it?Blood pressure
Are aortic aneurysms the same as aortic dissections?Aortic disorders
Are daughters better than done while taking care of parents?Sons and daughters
Can those with high blood pressure live up to 100 years of age?Living to a 100
Can machines become conscious like humans?Of men and machines
Who is the oldest person to have received the Nobel Prize (as of 2020)?Old lives matter
What one key thing can doctors do to ensure they are able to engage with their patients better?A template for doctor-patient communications
Which was the first private company to provide internet services to the public in India?Then and now

Depending on who you are. I’m a:

Young lady (<35 years)

3. The amma I hardly knew
5. The amma I started knowing
6. A beautiful amma
11. Nursing hopes
19. Smartness that matters
22. Every amma is a story
35. Hypertension
45. Designing good times
49. I am her friend
50. I am her guide
51. Big and small
66. Getting domesticated
68. Kolams
91. Sons and daughters
92. Priceless
98 .Bridging the generation gap
Middle aged lady (35-60 years)

6. A beautiful amma
24. Weak hearts
25. All’s well. Really?
35. Hypertension
45. Designing good times
48. Pride
52. Varicose veins
54. Restless legs syndrome
79. Blood pressure
80. Smart health management
84. Medical education
86. Side effects of medications
91. Sons and daughters
92. Priceless
95. A template for doctor-patient communications
97. Old lives matter
98. Bridging the generation gap
Senior lady (60+ years old)

6. A beautiful amma
8. Silly for us, significant for her
9. A tale of two pumps
19. Smartness that matters
20. Bee and queen bee
21. Alive = active
24. Weak hearts
25. All’s well. Really?
35. Hypertension
42. A wave with a hope
43. An agnostic almost gets religion
44. Nut cases
45. Designing good times
46. Tickling my soles
47. Of academic interest
48. Pride
49. I am her friend
50. I am her guide
52. Varicose veins
57. Hard lessons from strong medicines
65. A walking pharmacy
69. I was her child again
70. And then she became my child
71. I was her doctor
72. When strengths become weaknesses
79. Blood pressure
80. Smart health management
86. Side effects of medications
87. Conservative medical management
89. Who will cry when you die?
93. Living to a 100
94. Healthcare is a black box
95. A template for doctor-patient communications
97. Old lives matter
98. Bridging the generation gap
Young man (<35 years)

2. Then and now
3. The amma I hardly knew
5. The amma I started knowing
6. A beautiful amma
22. Every amma is a story
23. Appa
38. Tempering tempers
39. Down to earth
40. Sense and sensibility
41. The salesman who hated to talk
42. A wave with a hope
43. An agnostic almost gets religion
44. Nut cases
47. Of academic interest
69. I was her child again
70. And then she became my child
77. The luckiest son alive
79. Blood pressure
80. Smart health management
91. Sons and daughters
92. Priceless
97. Old lives matter
98. Bridging the generation gap
Middle aged man (35-60 years)

2. Then and now
3. The amma I hardly knew
5. The amma I started knowing
6. A beautiful amma
8. Silly for us, significant for her
19. Smartness that matters
21. Alive = active
22. Every amma is a story
23. Appa
24. Weak hearts
25. All’s well. Really?
35. Hypertension
43. An agnostic almost gets religion
44. Nut cases
45. Designing good times
49. I am her friend
50. I am her guide
51. Big and small
57. Hard lessons from strong medicines
64. Achilles leg
65. A walking pharmacy
66. Getting domesticated
67. Down memory lane
69. I was her child again
70. And then she became my child
71. I was her doctor
77. The luckiest son alive
79. Blood pressure
80. Smart health management
84. Medical education
86. Side effects of medications
87. Conservative medical management
88. Hospital experiences
93. Living to a 100
94. Healthcare is a black box
95. A template for doctor-patient communications
97. Old lives matter
98. Bridging the generation gap
Senior man (> 60 years)

18. Each in its place
19. Smartness that matters
20. Bee and queen bee
21. Alive = active
22. Every amma is a story
23. Appa
24. Weak hearts
25. All’s well. Really?
34. The toy that kept falling
35. Hypertension
45. Designing good times
47. Of academic interest
48. Pride
52. Varicose veins
54. Restless legs syndrome
57. Hard lessons from strong medicines
64. Achilles leg
65. A walking pharmacy
79. Blood pressure
80. Smart health management
84. Medical education
86. Side effects of medications
87. Conservative medical management
89. Who will cry when you die?
91. Sons and daughters
92. Priceless
93. Living to a 100
94. Healthcare is a black box
95. A template for doctor-patient communications
97. Old lives matter

Doctor/Medical professional

4. Aortic dissection
9. A tale of two pumps
21. Alive = active
24. Weak hearts
25. All’s well. Really?
26. Another aortic dissection!
27. She wouldn’t survive 10 hours!
28. Ticking time bomb
30. Flirting with danger
31. A second ticking time bomb
32. Dilation dilemma
34. The toy that kept falling
35. Hypertension
52. Varicose veins
54. Restless legs syndrome
57. Hard lessons from strong medicines
60. Fleas.com
62. Physics and chemistry
63. A million massages
65. A walking pharmacy
74. Last days at home
75. Fighting till the end
76. Way to go
79. Blood pressure
81. Aortic disorders
82. Trends in aortic diseases treatment
83. Natural RLS treatments
84. Medical education
85. Unique symptoms
86. Side effects of medications
87. Conservative medical management
88. Hospital experiences
94. Healthcare is a black box
95. A template for doctor-patient communications
Management/white collar professional

2. Then and now
3. The amma I hardly knew
5. The amma I started knowing
21. Alive = active
33. Landing with a thud in my heart
35. Hypertension
36. Absent-minded consultant
40. Sense and sensibility
41. The salesman who hated to talk
43. An agnostic almost gets religion
44. Nut cases
47. Of academic interest
66. Getting domesticated
67. Down memory lane
77. The luckiest son alive
78. And yet, a bit unlucky
79. Blood pressure
80. Smart health management
84. Medical education
86. Side effects of medications
88. Hospital experiences
89. Who will cry when you die?
90. Holding a mirror to myself
91. Sons and daughters
92. Priceless
94. Healthcare is a black box
95. A template for doctor-patient communications
96. Of men and machines
97. Old lives matter

Folk who think they are the thinking type

19. Smartness that matters
22. Every amma is a story
25. All’s well. Really?
40. Sense and sensibility
43. An agnostic almost gets religion
45. Designing good times
57. Hard lessons from strong medicines
67. Down memory lane
69. I was her child again
72. When strengths become weaknesses
77. The luckiest son alive
86. Side effects of medications
87. Conservative medical management
89. Who will cry when you die?
90. Holding a mirror to myself
91. Sons and daughters
92. Priceless
93. Living to a 100
94. Healthcare is a black box
95. A template for doctor-patient communications
96. Of men and machines
97. Old lives matter
98. Bridging the generation gap
99. Is feeling the meaning?
101. Rejoicing in a beginning

You can also read specific chapters depending on what you wish to read. I wish to read about:

Cardiovascular – heart & blood vessels

4. Aortic dissection
9. A tale of two pumps
24. Weak hearts
25. All’s well. Really?
26. Another aortic dissection!
27. She wouldn’t survive 10 hours!
28. Ticking time bomb
31. A second ticking time bomb
32. Dilation dilemma
33. Landing with a thud in my heart
81. Aortic disorders
82. Trends in aortic diseases treatment
85. Unique symptoms
Blood pressure & management

4. Aortic dissection
9. A tale of two pumps
24. Weak hearts
26. Another aortic dissection!
29. Lighting a bomb everyday
35. Hypertension
38. Tempering tempers
79. Blood pressure
87. Conservative medical management
Leg problems & solutions

52. Varicose veins
53. Pulling up my socks
54. Restless legs syndrome
55. Painful companion
56. Lucky for a while
57. Hard lessons from strong medicines
58. Sleepless nights
59. Helplessly hurtful
60. Fleas.com
61. A sucker a minute
62. Physics and chemistry
63. A million massages
64. Achilles leg
65. A walking pharmacy
83. Natural RLS treatments
Medical management for seniors

21. Alive = active
25. All’s well. Really?
34. The toy that kept falling
35. Hypertension
57. Hard lessons from strong medicines
60. Fleas.com
64. Achilles leg
65. A walking pharmacy
71. I was her doctor
72. When strengths become weaknesses
79. Blood pressure
80. Smart health management
86. Side effects of medications
87. Conservative medical management
94. Healthcare is a black box
95. A template for doctor-patient communications
Engaging with seniors / elders

3. The amma I hardly knew
36. Absent-minded consultant
37. Life on a thin branch
38. Tempering tempers
40. Sense and sensibility
42. A wave with a hope
43. An agnostic almost gets religion
44. Nut cases
45. Designing good times
46. Tickling my soles
47. Of academic interest
48. Pride
49. I am her friend
50. I am her guide
51. Big and small
66. Getting domesticated
69. I was her child again
97. Old lives matter
98. Bridging the generation gap
Living a good & healthy life (physical & mental health)

5. The amma I started knowing
13. Generous in and out
15. Simple
16. Enthusiastic
17. Honest
18. Each in its place
20. Bee and queen bee
21. Alive = active
67. Down memory lane
68. Kolams
69. I was her child again
77. The luckiest son alive
80. Smart health management
86. Side effects of medications
89. Who will cry when you die?
93. Living to a 100
101. Rejoicing in a beginning
Emotional stuff (Not to worry, not the sob, sob variety!)

37. Life on a thin branch
40. Sense and sensibility
42. A wave with a hope
44. Nut cases
46. Tickling my soles
48. Pride
58. Sleepless nights
59. Helplessly hurtful
63. A million massages
69. I was her child again
70. And then she became my child
71. I was her doctor
75. Fighting till the end
76. Way to go
77. The luckiest son alive
78. And yet, a bit unlucky
89. Who will cry when you die?
90. Holding a mirror to myself
97. Old lives matter
99. Is feeling the meaning?
100. Thank you
101. Rejoicing in a beginning
Fun stuff (you might at least smile while reading some!)

6. A beautiful amma
7. Dominant
8. Silly for us, significant for her
9. A tale of two pumps
10. Flooded but not floored
11. Nursing hopes
12. Baa-laa-jee
23. Appa
43. An agnostic almost gets religion
44. Nut cases
47. Of academic interest
61. A sucker a minute
66. Getting domesticated
68. Kolams
88. Hospital experiences
91. Sons and daughters
Lots of facts & data

4. Aortic dissection
9. A tale of two pumps
19. Smartness that matters
24. Weak hearts
28. Ticking time bomb
35. Hypertension
52. Varicose veins
54. Restless legs syndrome
62. Physics and chemistry
79. Blood pressure
80. Smart health management
81. Aortic disorders
82. Trends in aortic diseases treatment
83. Natural RLS treatments
85. Unique symptoms
96. Of men and machines
97. Old lives matter

Finally, here are interesting things you can know from specific chapters of Amma.

By the way, this will be some times like the treasure hunt. You will have the answer to the question for sure on the chapter/s mentioned, but you may have to look all around – left, right, up and low. So take it as a bit of fun exercise!

What you wish to knowChapter/s
What are the chances of an adult having a heart attack or stroke in a year? Aortic dissection
When was the earliest recorded case of a heart attack?Aortic dissection
How does the heart work?A tale of two pumps
Weak hearts
What is the role of aorta in the human body?Aortic dissection
Where does the aorta start and end in humans?Aortic dissection
What are the chances of survival from an aortic dissection?Aortic dissection
Why are aortic dissections frequently misdiagnosed as heart attacks?Aortic dissection
A descending aortic dissectionAnother aortic dissection!
She wouldn’t survive 10 hours!
Can an aorta burst?A second ticking time bomb
How did Albert Einstein die?Ticking time bomb
Aortic disor
ders
Could Einstein have lived longer had he wished to?Aortic disorders
When are heart attacks most frequent?Landing with a thud in my heart
What are the chances that you have hypertension (high blood pressure?)Hypertension
Blood pressure
What could maids do if they get really angry with their owners?Honest
How smartly can you use vegetable waste?Smartness that matters
Are gold medals really made of gold?Priceless
Are queen bees really the queens and bosses of bee hives?Bee and queen bee
Is it a bad idea to be seated for a prolonged duration?Alive = active
Can some people be super relaxed about everything?Appa
What exactly is a weak heart?Weak hearts
Are some chambers of the heart more important than others?Weak hearts
What is the one big mistake people do in the context of blood pressure medications?All’s well. Really?
Can people live with a dissected aorta?Another aortic dissection!
She wouldn’t survive 10 hours!
Ticking time bomb
How many people die worldwide every year?Hypertension
How many people die worldwide every year directly or indirectly due to hypertension?Hypertension
Which age group should be most concerned about hypertension?Hypertension
How can you live for 100 years?Living to a 100
Can blood pressure result in problems in the brain, lungs and kidneys?Hypertension
How many people die from cancer and diabetes every year?Hypertension
Can turbulence cause airplanes to crash?Life on a thin branch
Is it a good idea to sleep on the floor?Down to earth
How easy is it to make changes to and compromises in life?An agnostic almost gets religion
Nut cases
How many flowers can a well grown night jasmine (parijaat) plant produce in a day?Designing good times
Is tickling soles good for health?Tickling my soles
Did Bill Gates work in the domains of toilets & shit?Of academic interest
What is the maximum number of close relationships that normal humans can have?I am her friend
Who wrote the book with the rather intriguing title “Who will cry when you die?”Who will cry when you die?
For a male, is it good to have a sister?Big and small
Sons and daughters
Are all men bozos?Priceless
Why do we get varicose veins?Varicose veins
Can stockings reduce leg pain?Pulling up my socks
Can I find out if I have heart failure by looking at my feet?Pulling up my socks
How do diuretics (water pills) help those with heart failure?Pulling up my socks
What percentage of the world’s adult population suffer from diabetes?Restless legs syndrome
Is there a cure for restless legs syndrome?Restless legs syndrome
Is it a good idea to take strong medicines for nerve related ailments?Hard lessons from strong medicines
How safe and reliable is medical advice from online sources?Fleas.com
Did the circus man PT Barnum really say “There’s a sucker born every minute?:A sucker a minute
Why was Achilles vulnerable in his heels, according to Greek mythology?Achilles leg
Is it a healthy practice go down memory lane?Down memory lane
Is there a reason why south Indians do kolams in front of their houses?Kolams
What are the symptoms that people with heart problems should really watch out for?I was her doctor
What is the normal hemoglobin range for healthy humans?When strengths become weaknesses
What do blood oxygen levels really indicate?Last days at home
Is there a scientific way to measure the extent of your consciousness?Fighting till the end
Is there a cure for blood pressure?Blood pressure
How many people worldwide have high blood pressure but are not taking steps to control it?Blood pressure
Are aortic aneurysms the same as aortic dissections?Aortic disorders
Are daughters better than done while taking care of parents?Sons and daughters
Can those with high blood pressure live up to 100 years of age?Living to a 100
Can machines become conscious like humans?Of men and machines
Who is the oldest person to have received the Nobel Prize (as of 2020)?Old lives matter
What one key thing can doctors do to ensure they are able to engage with their patients better?A template for doctor-patient communications
Which was the first private company to provide internet services to the public in India?Then and now

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