Good bye 2019

I want to take this opportunity to close the year 2019, recognizing and thanking our loving Master for all His blessings during this year.

By His sheer grace, I have completed one complete year after having had a bypass surgery in Dec 2018.

I narrowly missed very severe complications of a drug reaction to one of the drugs given post op heart surgery. It was entirely His mercy that I pulled through that as well.

My boook ‘Businessmen for the Poor’ was published this year after unexplained delays. With God’s loving blessings, I hope to build up on that during the coming year.

The next book on Dr John Scudder is getting almost ready for publication, as it is with the editor for the final edit.

During the year we had the privilege of celebrating the bicentenary of Dr John Scudder’s first landing in Calcutta on Oct 17th 1819. We had a monthly write up through the NSM newsletter Aatharam.

We have compiled almost all the monthly articles into the October issue of the English version of AAtharam. Those interested may get a copy of this newsletter from Navjeevan Seva Mandal. Please contact or from my email at

I look forward to the new year 2020, when it is hoped we could learn together on some of the issues that are faced in our life journeys. I hope to interact with more of you more often in the coming year.

Rajaratnam Abel

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Having completed my undergraduate medical education from Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Then I had the privilege of completing my Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. I could also complete my PhD in Chennai, India. Based on my extensive work in nutrition backed by a number of scientific publication, I also received the Fellowship of the International College of Nutrition (FICN). I retired from active service in 2005. Since then God enabled me to be a Consultant Public Health Physician, at the SUHAM Trust of the DHAN Foundation in Madurai. I am involved in providing community based health care support to a large number Self Help Groups in 14 Indian states.

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