by Sharad P. Paul
ISBN # 978-93-5136-341-5
THE SKINCARE GUIDE FOR ASIAN SKIN
Is it true that brown skin and haircare regimens should just reverse all the prescriptions for white skin? Is gel better than foaming cleanser for shaving? Will a higher SPF keep your skin from tanning? Should you exfoliate or peel? Is it possible to get really clean without soap? How far does diet impact skin quality? Can moisturizers make your acne worse? Is brown skin more prone to sensitivity and pigmentation? Is there anything you can do about the circles or bags under your eyes? Shaving or waxing: what's better? What can you do about your oily scalp? Is it true that brown skin ages slowly? Can you slow down the ageing further?
Sharad P. Paul, internationally renowned, award-winning cutaneous oncologist and skin surgeon, found in the course of his research that brown skin is not the same as white skin. But the multibillion-dollar cosmetics industry is also calibrated towards the care of white skin. It is no wonder then that the Caucasian image is sold as the beauty ideal. Paul's research, fuelled by his passion for Dermocracy - as he calls it - proved that not all of these regimens worked for brown skin, and some of them were actually harmful. He also found that Indians were by and large (incorrectly) recycling the beauty advice that flowed in from the West. Dermocracy distils his key findings on caring for brown skin, and is a serious attempt to realign ideas surrounding skincare practice. It is, equally, a handy and easy guide to great skin. Essential reading for brown-skinned people everywhere.
Skin: A Biography
by Sharad P Paul
ISBN # 9789350294031
Review from Panorama magazine: A remarkable book on human skin
Dr Nandkumar M Kamat
Here comes the book of the decade, if not the century - and it is all about our skin - the way it has evolved and its' properties and the present and future. Everyone is worried about ageing. There is a whole industry trying to profit on their claims of magic remedies against ageing.
The process of ageing is reflected in our skin. With age, human skin begins to lose the normal colour, tone and texture. According to zoologist, Desmond Morris it is the tone of human skin which makes people look young, the women attractive, sensuous or sexy and full of vigour. So people are more concerned about their skin tone and complexion. I came across Dr Sharad Paul's book only by chance and it was the only copy in the bookshop. Skin-a biography (Fourth estate, 2013) is a remarkable book for layman and common people on everything about human skin.
Dr Sharad Paul is a senior lecturer in skin cancer and surgery at Universities of Queensland and Auckland. He is settled in New Zealand. Born in England in 1966 but brought up in India he also holds a Masters in Medical Law from the University of Glasgow. He founded the Baci Group which includes Baci Cosmetologie, a skin care company that has developed Mikanis, a skin care range especially designed for brown skin; and Baci Foundation, a charity which runs literacy and mentoring programmes for disadvantaged children. His literary career includes the first novel, Cool Cut, published by Picador in 2007 and his second novel, To Kill a Snow Dragonfly published by fourth Estate in 2012. He developed new surgical technique " halo grafting' widely appreciated internationally as the first new original skin grafting technique published in over a century.
The 200 pages, immensely readable, lucidly written book takes the reader on a guided tour of the evolutionary history, biochemistry and science of human skin. He informs us that the average area of human skin is 1.8 square metres. In six square centimetre area we would find 20 blood vessels, 600 sweat glands and 60000 melanocytes which produce Melanin, the skin pigment which determines our skin colour. The book devotes a lot of space to the remarkable skin pigment Melanin. Irrespective of race or skin colour all humans have about 10000 melanocytes per square centimetre. Paul calls outermost layer of our skin almost dead because he says it has no direct blood supply. But it is this layer - epidermis which is our first level of defense indoor or outdoors.
Paul has simplified the process of evolution of organs and skin in the second chapter. The third chapter is about the process of gastrulation - how cells differentiate and specialize. He discusses the development of hair and skin. He talks about the importance of the KITLG gene associated with the inheritance of skin pigmentation and how humans as they moved out of Africa changed their skin colour under the influence of this gene as they no longer needed the dark skin in temperate and colder environment. That's how Europeans have a variant of the gene which codes for lighter skin.
Paul's fifth chapter is a treat for nutritionists and biochemists because he has discussed the role of Vitamin D and D3 in skin health. Stressing on the importance of skin for our very existence as species he comments - "If you think about it, the only organ whose absence may threaten the biological existence of an animal on earth is skin. No organ or appendage is indispensable in quite the same way. Most animals or plants for that matter, would shudder at the thought of a skinless existence.
Perhaps, this is why skin has always been very high on human consciousness, even venerated in ancient legends. Dr Paul ends his books by contributing his nine laws on nature of skin which students of dermatology would find interesting. Skin cells are infinite in number but limited by size and shape individually, skin cells are constantly renewed and repaired, skin has no makers or designers but allows nature to experiment ceaselessly, skin did not evolve humans alone, which is why it is an universal organ and many creatures share the gene that regulates skin development.
Skin was born at an early time when oceans were shallow and particles in random motion collided to create the beginning of life itself. Skin colours were formed due to constant competition between two vitamins when exposed to the sun, the greatest endowment that skin offers are to do with the pleasure of touch and the gift of pain, understanding the commonality of the skin, the organ, is key to being comfortable in one's own skin, ultimately no species or organ has survived the test of time only skin has, this fact alone must make us appreciate the greatness of the biography of skin. In every sense this is a remarkable book.
De Natura Melanoma
by Sharad P. Paul
ISBN # 9780692308271
To use an intentional pun, Dr. Sharad Paul, surgeon, lecturer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, is also comfortable in his skin as a wordsmith of insight and gravitas in this incisive, probing, and in moments, subtly touching-via-pricks-of-poignance exploration of the humanity-cancer conversation, one marked by disparate shades of vulnerability, adaptability, palpable truth, and even inexpressibility as in the poem 'Dermocracy':
I'm saying 'dermocracy', I'm saying equality...I'm saying skincare, I'm saying beauty...I'm saying sun damage, I'm saying aging...I'm saying science, I'm seeing emotion...Skin doesn't choose partners--it doesn't talk...But we see skin colour when we long for somebody's presence whether it's black truth or a white lie"
In the context of Dr. Paul's tome of tactility, he ultimately graftsonto readers' minds intangible soul-scars to ponder. It is a genuine compliment to say that his writerly wisdom is-to ameliorate a phrase: skin-deep, indeed."
Gloria J. Wimberley, M.A.
author of the Pushcart Prize-nominated poetry collection Dialect of Dahlias
To Kill a Snow Dragonfly
by Sharad P Paul
ISBN # 9789350291399
'To Kill a Snow Dragonfly' is vast enough to be epic
Reviewer: Nandita Bose, IBN
Not a mockingbird. Perhaps this simmering allusion contributed to my cautious approach. I try to prep myself before reading by grubbing around for clues. Ah, the writer is a physician. Physician- writers from the diaspora have created a niche. Abraham Verghese with his complete osmosis of the culture and understanding of his adopted land and vocation. Siddhartha Mukherjee by winning the Pulitzer for Non-Fiction for his monumental work on cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies. Yeah, Sharad P. Paul would do well to align himself somewhere within this spectrum.
But the opening chapter of the book is about Tibet! There is complete agony over the appearance of a naevus on a child's left cheek. In the words of her Grandpa: "It's a catastrophe! Anyone who marries Bhunchung will be doomed to die an untimely death. This matter of a fatal mole on a six-year-old cheek calls for very careful consideration.' What makes it worse is the revered lama Zonchung Rinpoche is at this point conversing with the snow. Still to find my bearings in the narrative, I kind of disapprove. Isn't this somewhat a trivialising of a culture not really understood, nor much appreciated?
And I fall in love! Head-over-heels. I discover this is a labour of love. An enviable love-story, of the finest kind. The kind we carry in our hearts forever for the playmates of our childhood so that their joys and sorrows, their personal histories and cultural footprints are ours too. This is the story of a displaced "Malai Lama" Lobsang struggling in the alien, mostly snowless world of a boarding school in Yercaud while his family lies fragmented; with his parents forced into a life of toil in Tibet and Grandpa and Bhunchung among the refuge-seekers in Dharamsala. 'Slit-eyes' Lobsang the unwitting football jock. Lobsang, of the smelly experiment with peanuts provided free by the football-loving, legend-retelling Kadallaikaran.
And yet, this book is what I had pegged it at in the very beginning. Ambitious. The scope is vast enough to be epic. In conceptualization and those deft masterstrokes of immensely powerful story-telling, Paul succeeds in drawing his reader into that shadowy wonderland that is fictionalised fact.
The Kite Flyers
by Sharad P. Paul
ISBN # 9789350296172
By popular demand, this work is about what happened to the friends in Cool Cut -- now updated, extended and re-released by 4th Estate
Book Review by Shilpa Garg
Kumar and Raman are champion kite flyers. Lakshmi makes delicious burfis.Their friendship develops on the banks of the Kaveri in a tiny village named 'crow shit'. They are inseparable till tragedy strikes, shattering their idyllic childhood and altering the course of their lives.
The story then moves to Madras, into a house of eunuchs and the barber salon, Cool Cut. These are searing times in Tamil Nadu, and MGR is the revolutionary leader - God to his followers, who surge forward, their voices linked, their tongues loyal only to their mother tongue and to their deity. As the story follows the three friends coming to terms with their new lives, the author vividly brings to life 1970s Madras, with its politics of caste, geography, gender and language.
Ultimately, The Kite Flyers is a poetic fable of friendship, severance and redemption.
I started reading this book yesterday in the afternoon and finished reading it before tea time. Speaks a lot about the book. Isn't it?
The Kite Flyers is coming of age story of 3 friends, Kumar, Raman and Lakshmi. As kids, these 3 friends lived in a small village, KKP, near Salem in Tamil Nadu. They study in the same school and fly kites together in the evening. Misfortune strikes their lives and pushes them in different directions and reunites them many years later.
Amidst their trials and tribulations of life, MGR's growing prominence and power in Tamil Nadu and the general unrest of the Tamilians against Hindi is showcased too. The vehemence against Hindi in the state, kind of shocked me, but then that's a reality and the author has successfully portrayed and captured it in this story.
The writing is crisp and vivid and the language is simple and lucid. The book shares about the rituals and customs in a Tamilian wedding and lives of Eunuchs too. I liked the little pearls of wisdom Kadallaikiran, the groundnut seller shares with these 3 children. Why the cursing and swearing makes one feel better or how marriage is like shaving, or that only unhappy couples or couples in Communist China stop with one child, makes for some interesting and thought-provoking read.
While the story moves well and keeps you hooked to it. The story has a few loose ends. The entry of Gowrie teacher in the epilogue came as a big surprise because she was not a part of the main story.
Overall, The Kite Flyers is a delightful read and will draw you in with its wonderfully narrated story and emotional resonance with the characters.
by Sharad P Paul
ISBN # 9780330451475
This is the story of three friends and begins with the author visiting a hair-dressing salon in Madras, (Cool Cut), where he learns and then narrates the story of those three friends who grew up flying kites on the river bank in their home town.
In the course of the story, which frequently employs quite poetic language, the three friends each have a very different experience with "cutting" - Kumar as a hairdresser, Raman when he is castrated by eunuchs and Lakshmi at a Carmelite Convent cut off from family. Unusual, and a little bloodthirsty at times the book nevertheless is something of a love story, both love of language (Tamil) and love between individuals and for a debut novel is quite impressive.
Clinical Cases in Skin Cancer Surgery and Treatment
by Dr. Sharad Paul & Dr. Robert Norman
ISBN # 9783319209371
This book provides a concise and practical guide to dermatologists, dermatologists in training, primary care physicians, plastic surgeons and others working in skin cancer and dermatological surgery. Each case allows readers to gain a thorough and practical knowledge of the wide range of cases they may encounter.
The authors have carefully selected cases to highlight evidence-based practice. The book describes the top skin cancer and skin cancer surgery identification and treatment issues and provides essential information to treat these patients suffering from melanoma, squamous cell cancer, basal cell cancer, Merkel cell cancers and other skin maladies. In addition the authors have included several cases in the field of dermatoscopy and SRT (superficial radiation) for skin cancer.