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09 December 2014

Fortis Hospital Bangalore, whose organ transplant licence was cancelled in 2011 after alleged medical negligence by two of its surgeons led to the death of a patient undergoing pancreatic transplant, lost its appeal in the Karnataka high court.

In a writ petition, Fortis had challenged the authority of the Appropriate Authority for Transplantation of Human Organs to pass the order cancelling its licence. Justice BS Patil, in his judgment, agreed with the decision of the Appellate Authority that based on the illegal pancreas transplant performed by the hospital, its licence should be cancelled.

The victims husband, Pankaj Rai, commented: “For me it has been a very personal journey, because it provides some justice in a matter pertaining to the untimely demise of my wife.”

“There are a very few judgments on Transplantation of Human Organs Act. With the exception of two judgments, all the judgments in India are on the issues of donors/recipients being denied permission by the Authorisation Committee. This judgment is the first of its kind in India because it pertains to a Hospital violating the provisions of Transplantation of Human Organs Act,” added Rai.

Senior counsel {CV Nagesh} briefed by advocate K Suman was acting for Fortis. Advocate D Aswathappa was acting for the Appropriate Authority and the Health and Family Welfare Department of the Karnataka government. Rai appeared in person.

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11 April 2013

skmep32qDivya would like to tell you a little about Legally Jobs and how it’s been going, and how to maximise your chances in the open market.

14 May 2010

Note: Please read carefully.

Hi Sir. This is my CV. Will you take me in? 

Hi Sir,

This is my CV.

Will you take me



No reply.

He doesn’t care.

You don’t dare

to talk it



Hi Sir,

This is my CV.

Will you take me



A reply:

Says no.

We won’t.

Try another pose.


Hi Sir,

This is my CV.

Will you take me



A reply:

I am at work. My work

your email hurts.

Now don’t disturb.


Messages so bitter

Come to your CV!

Maybe you lucky,

Forgot the cover litter?


Hi Sir,

This is my CV,

this my CL.

This application is real.

Please take me in (fear).



Vacancies are full


Try again

with a fresh CV and CL.



Hi Sir,

This is my CV,

this my CL.

This is my application.

Please take me in (fear).


You aren’t good (now wail)


Thank you for email.

(Don’t bicker).


[CVs and CLs

they don’t appreciate.

What do they like?

Why do they hate

CVs and CLs

so carefully made?]


Hi Sir.

This is me.


I know ABC.

And do CDE.

Will you take me?


Sure come.

We like you.

Work with us.

You’ll have fun.


Your cover letters, CVs and your applications are talking to a human being. You aren’t emailing a machine. A human is reading your application. His blood flow, heartbeat, emotions, hormonal surges and glandular secretions are being affected by your words.

These all will decide whether he rejects your application or accepts it. Make sure you take care of his internal systems through your words. He’ll take care of your application.


PS- If this is utopian; believe in utopia.


05 April 2010

Pre-sript- The links in this post will take you to some invaluable articles. Please do click on them. I have spent quite some time researching for this piece. Links at point 3 and 15 are specially brilliant. Some of you might like to move straight over to point 11, from where the advanced tips start.

Anyone can make a good CV provided you are ready to work for it. Paths are made by walking, not waiting. Touche.

1.) Learn Great English
. Learn to speak english, write english. Learn how English eat, blow their noses and clean their bottoms. But to remain cultured, stick to the Indian culture. It is better, politer and more suave (Poets tend to be chauvinists).

However just to pin- prick your pride here is Wikipedia's article on 'Hin'glish. Don't make the silly mistakes pointed here. BTW as I said, poets are chauvinistic; if you prick my pride with a pin. Ouch! It swells!

2.) Intern in every possible break. Intern after college hours, if possible. There are also online internships possible.

The online internships offered by the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and the Volintern program of Nishith Desai Associates are doable.

3.) Research. Write papers. Write professional blogs. If you want to get into a corporate firm write on corporate law. If you IP is your field get cracking on IP topics. Look for call for papers here. (In your comments you may thank me for this link).

4.) In summers do summer courses. In winters do winter courses. With all this workload you will not remain a SPRING CHICKEN. But still, try doing a SPRING course.

Soon from a chicken you will turn into a hen. An egg laying hen actually. If you do not change, you still will be a productive chick. In your CV you can be really cocky about this.

WIPO has summer courses on IP law. ISIL has a course on international law every year. CCS has short courses for the socially inclined too.

5.) Get great CGPAs. Be in the good books of your faculty members. Bootlick them, if necessary. Or ask them "Sir/Ma'am, can I be your research assistant".

This will sufficiently ego massage them. Scratching their heads, they are bound to ponder, "Have I turned into such a BIGSHOT, that I need a research assistant"?

6.) Moot. TOM should moot. HARRY should moot. DICK should moot. JOHNY with his mouth full of sugar should moot. ALICES in wonderlands should moot. Even if you are bad at it, moot. The drunk PIPO was brave enough to moot. What keeps you at bay?

7.) Get into the College's Law Journal board. Everybody can't be the editor. At least be a member.

8.) Present papers. Go to seminars and make contacts there. You will do well to read this book I am planning to read. It is called 'How to work a room' by Susan RoAne.

9.) Make best buddies with the best seniors at your college. When you meet them say a loud 'Wassup!'. Show some teeth with the lips curved upwards. They might soon employ you.

10.) Do online courses. Attend webinars. Be a sponge. Take in good from everywhere. WIPO, Asian School of Cyber laws etc. have good courses. (Readers, please come up with some more).


11.) Intern once. Intern twice. The third time you go there as an associate. Pick a firm whose practice area you will like to immerse yourself in. Follow this advice. Impress. The elusive PPO will be yours.

12.) Make sure 'googling' your name gives great results. We will soon burn our telephone directories. The smarter ones among us will save them as 'antiques' for diverser investment options. However, Google will be your buddy for some more time at least.

If you are on google you are a stud. If you are not you are a dud. Duh!

13.) Attend events. Attend seminars. Be a people's person. If you don't want to get in a pee-pool, get to know people.

I accompanied Mr. Basheer for the NUJS diversity project to Sikkim. He had spent a month there earlier and we were well received. His friends included two, grade 11 kids: Suku Singh and Palzor; the most respected monk of the area, the hotel attendant, the school teachers and the bakery owner, among others. Get the point?

The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell tells us about three kinds of people: The connectors, the mavens and the salesmen. Atleast be one of these.

14.) Develop a good LinkedIn profile. Study what like minded people are doing and shadow them. Do read this article on how law students should use LinkedIn.

15.) Tie shoe laces with the other hand. It improves left brain-right brain coordination. If you are a computer engineer, get to know cyber law. If you are a lawyer learn java and website designing.

Shake things around a little bit. Freshness is good for your lungs and your life. See how creative people can get with CV making.

PS- Or maybe, you could enjoy your life. Do what you like to do. Don't be a fake.
Work in an NGO. Paint.
Write poetry. See how life unfolds naturally.
Naturally. That is how buds flower and cocoons make butterflies.

26 November 2009

Legally-India-careers-counsel_by-ScarlethWhite-LGQuestion: I am a law third year law student. How do I write a good CV to get a job with a law firm after graduation?

24 September 2009

Legally-India-careers-counsel_by-ScarlethWhite_thQuestion: I am not sure how to go about making a good CV which will bag me a good internship. I've only interned once with a small law firm in Mumbai so that is the only experience I have. Can you please give me some suggestions?