Memorabilia 7: It was Thabo Mbeki who became the second President of South Africa, after Nelson Mandela, from 1999-2008. During his tenure in office, the South African economy grew at an average rate of 4.5% per year, creating employment in the middle sectors of the economy. He also oversaw the successful building of economic bridges to BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations and South Africa was inducted in 2010. I met him when he was the Chief Mediator of African Union for Sudan for which he was named the African of the Year.
Memorabilia 6: It was a mind blowing moment for me to have met Professor Dr.Salim Yusuf in Khartoum,Sudan(2017).He is World’s most-cited researcher. Prof.Yusuf’s large-scale clinical trials have had a significant impact on the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease.He was the President of World College of Cardiology in 2015 and 2016. When he told me that he born in a small town in Kerala and studied his MBBS in Bangalore, I admired his simplicity.
Memorabilia 5: Today I received a piece of very good news that Ambassador Sanjay Kumar Verma has been promoted to the Secretary level at the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. He is presently Ambassador of India in Japan. My association with him goes back to Sudan during his tenure as Ambassador from 2013-2015. He was not only very popular with the Indian community but was also received very well by the Diplomatic circles and the Sudanese government and community. I will always cherish his letter of acknowledgment written to me on his departure. Wish him greater prosperity in his personal and professional life.
Memorabilia 4: We witnessed the live performance of the living legend Sonal Mansingh in Sudan on Saturday, November 4, 2006. I had the opportunity to report the event in the local English daily. Ambassador Deepak Vohra had complimented me on my write-up which he thought was not amateurish. I must mention here Mr. Deepak Vohra was “the most handsome Ambassador that India has ever had”. Today is Padma Vibhushan awardee Sonal Mansingh’s birthday. We wish her a long life, good health, and prosperity. We look forward to her regular live performances on Facebook which is so inspiring, with positivity, especially when everyone is feeling down these days.
It was only when I visited the Royal Selangor company in KL, circa 1996, that I learned what Pewter is. The designs and craftsmanship with Pewter were amazing. I still cherish the plate that was gifted to me by my colleagues from Parke Davis Malaysia. Mr. Yugal Sikri and I had represented Parke Davis India at the Asia Pharmaceutical Interchange. Mr.Sikri is currently Managing Director of RPG Life Sciences.
Memorabilia-2: During my days in Sudan, I used to meet the sisters from the Missionaries of Charity at the ‘home’ in a remote town. I was simply moved by their selfless service for mankind in a different continent. They thought I was blessed to have met Mother Teresa in Calcutta in 1988. This was her pic which I had taken at the Dermatologists’ conference, where the Mother was a Guest of Honour.
I was surprised to find that many don’t know who makes Dettol. The name of the company, I mean. Some even thought it was Hindustan Unilever. This also speaks about the magnitude of the brand Dettol , which is a household name when it comes to anti-germ and antiseptic platform. Dettol was voted as the third most trusted brand in an AC Nielsen ORG Marg survey. Reckitt Benckiser’s flagship brand Dettol, still contributes to almost 40% of the revenue for Reckitt Benckiser. Dettol is the leader in the antiseptic market with an 85% market share. Liquid hand wash created a new market and holds over 60% of the market in the category, while the various Dettol soaps account for 18% of the health soap division.
Coronavirus has created a climate of virus threat. This was the opportune time for the launch of Dettol New Disinfectant Spray which ‘kills 100 illness-causing germs including cold, flu and H1N1 virus’. Yes it ‘kills 99.9% bacteria and viruses’.
The product is targeted at mothers who are the guardians of the house. They are particularly targeting millennial moms who are more inclined to adopt newer methods of disinfecting homes. And why not when the new product is recommended by the Indian Medical Association.