Why should we write doctor recommendations?

During my conversations about Savetime with my family, relatives or friends following few questions often come up. “Why should I write a recommendation?”, “What will change by writing recommendation?”, “The visit to the doctor was just normal what is there to write about?”

However on the contrary, we tend to believe what people say and want to get feedback from them first, rather than trying something new on our own. Especially when it comes to medical issues we are even more cautious. For example while visiting a doctor, we usually go to a doctor because a friend of mine said he is good doctor or my uncle told me about his good reputation. Our mind is relatively at ease while visiting a doctor through a reference of an uncle, a relative, a friend or even a stranger. So doctor recommendations are very important for all of us.

In below points I deal with the “Why” part. We all should write doctor recommendations and here are a few reasons:

1)      Recommendations builds trust

In a city like Pune, we have many migrants for education and business. Many a times we have the need of a doctor and we want to find the ‘good doctor’ or the most trusted doctor. At such time when you are new to a City and have no one to consult too, the experiences shared by other people play a very important role in choosing the right doctor and it builds trust between the doctor and the patient even before the patient walks in the clinic.

2)    We learn more about our regular doctors

As mostly our first appointment with a doctor is a result of some known or unknown experience and maybe for a different ailment; recommendations by others provide us a good way to know about the doctor we have already been going to. We might not know about other specialties of that doctor and other procedure that the doctor undertakes. Other people can help us understand our regular doctors better.

3)    We get to know about new doctors

There is a very good saying “A bad remedy for a disease is far worse than the disease

You might be a local or a migrant in a City like Pune and need to visit a specialist that your family physician suggested you. In this technologically advanced age you do not need to get stuck with one doctor or the referred doctor. You can find other similar specialists in your area and can read through recommendation of other fellow patients. You might end up going to a new doctor after going through those recommendations and might get well sooner and have to spend less.

4)    Brings Doctor and Patient closer

Doctors generally like to maintain good contacts with their patients as they also learn from our recovery cycle. One of the way to maintain the contacts is replying to patients’ views. Sometimes they explain why a medicine was prescribed and sometimes it’s a simple expression of gratitude from them. This helps to build  a social bonding with doctor. Such bonding is always useful while getting a good advice, consultations at odd time or discounts on treatments.

5)    Helps building the patient community

Giving back to the community is an obligation that we must fulfill. There are times when you are looking for a good pediatrician in town for your kid’s vaccination, other time you were looking for an orthopedist nearby for your old parents who can’t travel long distance. At such times community helped you in choosing the right doctor. As a goodwill gesture we should also contribute to the community. Our experience with the doctors might be helpful for fellow parents who are equally scared in taking their 2 year old kid to a new doctor, it might save someone from an unprofessional doctor or might help in many other ways. This builds a patient community where patients are well informed to take the right decision and this could foster a very good relationship between patients and doctors.

savetime doctor recommendation

So don’t delay any further log onto www.savetime.com and share your experiences with all the doctors you have been to and read from the thousands of review already shared by the patient community. And if you still have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment.

Swapnil Potdar, savetime.com.Swapnil is self-motivated and loves challenges. He is always eager to keep track of technology trends in the world. He likes to asks tons of questions, enjoys meeting new people and learning new things. He is currently working with our Android team. He is an Engineering graduate in IT from MIT, Pune. Savetime.com is the beginning of his passionate journey to make a difference in the world. Facebook, board puzzles and sci-fi thriller books take up rest of his time.

Straighten your back (pain)

back-pain1Nowadays back pain is most difficult and frustrating problem faced by a large number of people. The problem is referred by different names such as Backache, Low back pain, Lumbar pain, Pain – back. If you are like most people, you will have at least one backache in your life.

Our back is very complex structure made of bones, nerves and joints. It is very difficult to pinpoint to cause of pain.

Back pain or discomfort can happen anywhere in your back; most common place or the most common area affected is your low back. Our Low back supports most of our body’s weight. Low back pain may be short-term (lasting less than one month) or long-term (lasting longer than three months).

Pain felt in your lower back may come from the spine, muscles, nerves, or other structures in that region. It may also radiate from other areas like your mid or upper back, a hernia in the groin, or a problem in the testicles or ovaries. There are different variety of symptoms you may feel if your back hurts. You may feel burning sensation or tingling or you also may experience weakness in your legs or feet.

Causes of back pain

With the changing lifestyle back pain is becoming a serious problem. It is becoming more common in IT/ITES employees who have to sit for hours at a stretch. Common back pain causes include:

  1. Carrying, pushing, pulling or lifting incorrectly.
  2. Riding a two wheeler for long distances/Driving for long time or sitting improperly in car for long time
  3. Sudden Twisting
  4. Bending for a long period of time.
  5. Having poor sitting posture.

Sudden back pain without any reason are usually sign of muscle tear, ligament or disc problem.

There may be other, more serious underlying causes of your back pain, but these are rare.

They include: Fracture, Osteoporosis, slipped disc, Spinal stenosis, etc.


Pay Attention

If you experience any of the following symptoms, then see your GP as early as possible

Swelling on your back or Redness

Pain down your legs and below your knees

Numbness or weakness in one or both legs or around your buttocks

Constant pain, particularly at night

Pain that’s worsening and spreading up your spine.

These symptoms are known as red flags. It’s important to seek medical help for these symptoms to ensure you don’t have a more serious, underlying cause for your back pain.

Overcome back pain

A change is lifestyle is a must to overcome back pain. A little physical movements every now and then during the day can go a long way in keeping the back pain away. A few other good practices that can help in avoiding the back pain are:

Stretch gently and exercise your back muscles

Sit straight in a chair (avoid wrong posture)

Avoid sitting in one place for more than 30 minutes. Take a 30 seconds walk every 30 minutes.

If you are suffering from back pain, avoid lifting heavy things

Sleep straight on your back and as far as possible sleep on a hard bed or on the floor.

Adjust your sitting place, the computer screen according to your convenience so you don’t have to bend forward to see your computer monitor or reach your mouse.

Avoid riding long distances on two-wheeler

Back pain will soon reach an epidemic proportion but a little knowledge and small changes can help you family to avoid it.


Sameer Patel

Sameer, a fun loving individual, works as a Software Engineer in savetime. An engineering graduate from Pune University,   Sameer likes to take up complex coding scenarios and solve them with his full dedication. He enjoys his work as much as he enjoys his free time chit chatting with friends. Sameer loves listening to fusion music and his favorite pass time is watching action packed Hollywood movies with a bag full of pop corn in his hand.

A Tile for a Smile – How we did it at Savetime?

jagritiLast week the entire country celebrated the “Joy of Giving” week (02-October to 08-October) by sharing money, time, resources, skills with the less privileged. This is one festival that has gained a huge prominence over the years and though there should not be a fixed period of sharing but having one such week in a year helps focus energies.

At Savetime we celebrated the Joy of Giving week this year by doing our bit, a small contribution for “NFBM Jagriti School for Blind Girls” which is situated at Alandi, Pune.

Jagriti School for Blind Girls is a non-religious and non-political entity, they take care of 140 blind girls who come from across Maharashtra. They provide food, shelter, education, vocational training, help with employment, etc. and tries to make them self-reliant. The school is for the blind and managed and run by the blind. It strives for Equality of Opportunity for the Blind in their Education, Training and Employment.

They have an ambitious goal of expanding their campus by constructing a Hi- Tech Model school complex, which comprises of a school, a hostel and a vocational training center of excellence. Despite of 4 years of construction efforts, the work progress has been slow. The construction is entering a critical phase where flooring needs to be done. They require 10,000/- pieces of tile slabs costing Rs 350/- each.

In an effort to reach out to the community, they have recently launched “A tile for a smile” campaign. The idea is for an individual to at a minimum sponsor one tile that can help bring smile on the faces of the blind girls and can pave the way for their bright future.

We at savetime are proud to be associated with them and happy to help them out in our small way. You too can help them out by taking this campaign to your office, societies or at an individual level.

Many times we want to do something for the less privileged and help out the ones in need but we don’t know how?”.  So we thought of putting our experiences together with the intent that perhaps it will help some of you to plan it in your organizations. Here’s how we did it:

1. Communicate and explain verbally – Now a days there is so much literature that floats in our email box that sometimes we miss the important things. So we communicated verbally about this campaign in a short meeting. This helps as people who have questions can ask them upfront and confusions about the objective can be resolved. In the end tell everyone to expect an email with the details so that it doesn’t get lost in the melee.

2. The Logistics – We kept company envelopes (plain white/brown works too) in which people can put their contribution (Cash/Cheques/DD). Put a notebook along with a pen so that donors can write their name, address, contact number and place it along with their donations, this is very important because anonymous donations are not accepted by NGOs and also because the receipts for the same will be forwarded by the School in the name and address of the contributors. And a glue stick so that people can put their contribution amount, their details and seal the envelope, this is important to keep the secrecy of the donations made. The envelopes are later on opened by the Jagriti School only. Last item, we kept a cardboard box wrapped with a white paper (you can put your company’s logo or any small message for donors) that can hold envelopes (have a big enough box so that it can hold all the envelopes or be ready with multiple boxes if the size is small). You might be surprised with the response by your colleagues, we definitely were.

3. Send out that Email – Once you are ready with the logistics, send out the email giving a context of the earlier discussion. Giving a little detail about the Jagriti School. We used the following in our email:

As part of Joy of Giving week we are supporting the “NFBM Jagriti School For Blind Girls” initiative of “A Tile for a Smile.

We have kept a box in the cabin near reception, if you are interested in donating please put your donation (Cash/Cheque/DD) in the envelope kept alongside the box and drop it in the box. Also provide your details Name, Address, Contact# so that the school can provide you the receipt for the donation amount. Please ensure you stick the envelope before dropping it in the box which will ensure the secrecy of your donation.

Minimum amount for donation is INR 350 (the cost of 1 tile) and you can even donate more if you can and would like to.

If you are writing a cheque or DD, please make it in the name “NFBM Jagriti School For Blind Girls

The box will be kept till 08-October and after that we would forward the donations to Jagriti school.

Please note, this is not mandatory but we would encourage, if you can then please donate.

If you have any questions please revert back to this email.

4. Keep the box for a few days – Depending on the size of your organization keep the box for a few days, even if your organization is small keep it for a minimum of 2 days because sometimes people are just busy, sometimes they forget to carry donation amount, etc.

5. We did it! – At the end of the period call up Jagriti School and someone will be at your office to pickup the donations. Hand over the box infront of everyone to Jagriti School personnel.  Hurrah you did it!

6. Thank Everyone – In the end, don’t forget to thank everyone for their contributions without them it wouldn’t have been possible and give a pat on your back too.

A small initiative of yours can help brightening the lives of many blind girls and they can have a future they never imagined for. So please go ahead and Just Do it!

If there are any other queries regarding arranging the drive you can mail as at accounts@savetime.com. If can find more information about Jagriti School at www.nfbm.org or you can contact Mrs. Sakina Bedi from Jagriti School at 9823061133.

Beat the October Heat!

October heatIn the Indian sub-continent, during the month of October and November the sun is gradually moving towards south weakening the monsoon trough or low pressure trough over the northern plains. As the south-west monsoon winds weaken and start withdrawing, the low pressure trough is gradually replaced by the high pressure-system. During this period of transition from the hot and humid rainy season to the dry winter conditions, the day temperatures are high while the night are comparatively cooler and pleasant. As the land is still moist and the weather becomes rather oppressive during the day, this transition is known as the October heat.

October heat begins with the hot and scorching heat in the day with cold chilly nights. It is this inconsistency in the weather conditions that greatly affect wellbeing resulting in ailments. Busy preparing for the winter not many take necessary precautions to beat the October heat. This is one of the major reason people tend to fall sick during the month of October and November.

Heat stress is one of the chief concerns during October that is the direct cause of many heat-related maladies including heat exhaustion and heat-stroke. Heat stress is related to increase in spreading diseases especially climate-sensitive waterborne and diarrhea disease.

The sultry weather during the day causes a major imbalance in the electrolytes of your body that makes you rush to the doctor. Simply put, this refers to a disturbance in the level of electrolytes like calcium, sodium, and potassium that is essential for normal functioning and well-being.

The disproportion in the body is due to the fluctuating temperatures, which is also one of the reasons that keep the virus active. The erratic temperatures result in excessive perspiration, weakness and body pain; seasonal flu is also on the rise during this time of October.

Though the sun rises after the cloudy and rainy monsoons and one wishes to get out in the sun extra care needs to be taken to shield from the ill effects of October heat. One of the best ways to clout the October heat is to drink plenty of water; you can drink electral powder mixed in water to maintain the electrolyte levels in your body.

Stay indoors during peak sunny hours and this does not mean you stay put closed in your rooms for long. Just stay aerated and hydrated and you are ready to take on the day. Wear light-colored clothes during the day but don’t forget to carry a warm sweater or jacket if you are often outdoors in late evenings.

One of the best ways to stay fit during this unpredictable weather change is to remain physically active. Go for a walk in the mornings or evenings or indulge in a sport of your choice, but do compensate for the water loss especially if you sweat profusely.

By Shraddha Barde

image source: readywisconsin.wi.gov

Stress is just hype; only simple daily habits can defeat it

Stress has become a very common factor that is found in working professionals, many youngsters and even teenagers. Having the spirit to excel and giving your best is one thing and worrying about it all the time is another. When it comes to stress, it is only YOU who can help yourself. It’s as simple as accepting the fact, problems won’t stop occurring if you stress more. You will never be able to remove stress from your life completely, issues are going to creep up every now and then, and people around you (your parents, siblings, colleagues, seniors, managers)are going to expect higher and better performance every time.

It all comes down to how well you manage your stress.

Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This may not sound simple but in reality if you sit down and think, you will come up with a list on your own. The real reason of stress is not always obvious and more than often you tend to overlook your own stress-inducing thoughts, feelings and behaviors. You are aware that you are constantly worried about work deadlines but the real reason may be your procrastination that lands you in a soup.

Stress management comes with practice, you need to exercise habits. Your to-do list is never going to be complete and more tasks will keep adding but there is one task that should never come off your to-do list: Relax.

The following tips if practiced daily may help you manage your stress. Just a mere couple of minutes from your schedule and you’ll be fresh and energized to take what the day brings!


Meditation is one of the best ways to help you ease anxiety. Research has shown that when you meditate daily the neural paths in your brain may alter making you more pliant to stress. Meditation is a very simple process, sit up straight with both feet on the floor (you may also sit cross legged on the floor the bottom line is to sit up straight). Once you get comfortable, focus your attention on reciting a mantra loudly or silently that makes you feel positive. It can be anything like “I feel at peace” or “I am the strongest”. You can place your hands on your belly to sync the mantra with your breaths.

Just Breathe

Every time you feel you are worked up or beginning to stress due to the work load, take 5 minutes off and focus on your breathing. You can do this sitting at your desk in office, all you have to do is take deep breaths, inhale and exhale fully. Taking deep breaths releases stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure.  5 minutes may seem a lot when at work but even if you try focusing on work you will be less productive. So take time off and just breathe!

Be Present

Live the moment, it’s as simple as that! You rush through dinner, hurry to reach the destination; you are running the race to strike off another to-do from your list. For a change try something different, try to slow down. Focus on the thing you are doing right now! If you’re having food, enjoy the texture and taste of every bite, notice how air feels on your face while walking or driving. When you are working concentrate on the task at hand and not about the problems that will arise in the next task. When you start to spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel the relaxation that grips your body and be more productive.

 Reach out

Very often you hear people saying, “Those were the golden, carefree days when we talked so much!” One of the major reasons that add to stress is not talking to family and friends. Take time out from your “busy” schedules to catch up with friends. Talk about worries that are troubling you and it will surprise you that talking out loud to your friends can do wonders to your mood. A good social support system plays a major role when dealing with stress. Meet friends face-to-face and spend time with them without talking or thinking of the to-do list, just have a good time! Having a good laugh is a great way to better manage whatever is stressing you out.

Listen to your body

Whether you believe it or not, your body is constantly talking to you, giving you signs to handle it with care. One of the best ways to manage stress and stay fit is to take up a sport of your choice – anything that requires physical involvement. Join a gym and more importantly go regularly, participate in a physical group activity you love whether it is cycling, running, football, table tennis or badminton. Just sweat it out at least for 45 minutes once in a day. You will be surprised by the wonders working on you. After continuous practice, you will see and feel the difference in you and your reaction to tension.

– By Shraddha Barde