Somehow life has a way of throwing a lot of coincidences my way. In fact I would say this seems to me to be life's favourite sport. For instance I was chatting with another ILite in the Middle East today and the topic veered around sand storms, desert safaris, how people get lost during these safaris and probably also lose their lives, how workers are made to work at 53 degrees in the hot sun by unscrupulous bosses etc. Somehow deserts never attracted me. If anything I have had a fear of them. Whether this is "purvajanma samskara" or just my imagination / limited perspective of a desert which I do not particularly fancy is a different matter. The topic then turned to Rajasthan and camels being used as transport. Whatever, it would take quite some doing (I wonder who could achieve that feat) of convincing me to visit a desert. Imagine my surprise then when I came across an article in the Deccan Herald dated 21 March 2012 (Camel milk helps cure diabetes, says ICMR study) that reported that researchers at the ICMR (Indian council of medical research) have found that camel milk helps prevent and cure Type 1 diabetes. Another coincidence that links this to my chain of thoughts is that I am back on steroids for some nerve pain (a legacy of my surgery). As a result I have been warned not to eat sweets while on them (as they - the steroids not the sweets - can precipitate diabetes). Now the question is which is worse - the nerve pain and burning in the toes or not eating sweets. So trust some scientists for coming up with this bit of news. (I love scientists, I really do. Imagine how much they contribute towards posts in this forum). Now that is certainly an incentive to move to the desert. I mean, just think, I can spend a bit of money on a couple of female camels, get some milk from them free of charge (of course other than keeping them well fed), get a few free rides on their backs and have my bones exercised and kept in fine mettle. And when I am a bit rich, I can have a whole collection of them and can start a business selling camel's milk. After all, India has been predicted to be a hot bed as far as people turning diabetic is concerned. (Kamalji, what do you say about my business acumen)? So not only can I cure my diabetes (if God forbid I get it - which I am sure I won't because an astrologer told me this some time ago :hide, I also have a good incentive now to move to a desert. And as a bonus offer, I probably get to meet all those ILite friends of mine who live there - be it Indian or Middle Eastern deserts and become rich in the bargain (be it in the number of friends or money earned through selling camel's milk). So this answers one more topic I was discussing with the said friend - what to do two months hence when I am back on my feet. I was planning to travel to places and was listing out the places I would love to visit. While and snow clad mountains featured in a big way in the list, deserts never featured anywhere. Now, however, deserts will fit into my list of "must sees" in a very big way. Besides I would have started my own business too. :-D See what all scientists are capable of!!!!!