Don’t burn or bury your organs! Pass it on.

Organ donation

The current organ donation per million for cadaver (dead body) in India is 0.05 per million).

At just 2-3 per million donation rate there would be 2200 organ donors and the above figures would double and there would be no necessity to undertake living kidney donations.

But saying stuff like “After I die, donate my organs to people who need them” is frowned upon.
In fact, you can see your family members wincing right after they hear the first three words.

Experts say that the key to organ donation is the acceptance of brain death by family,
as the final consent to donate organs comes from the family even if the person is carrying a Donor Card.


  1. In case of Natural death only, cornea (relatively easy to transplant) and skin can be donated.
  2. Kidneys (within 12-15 hours), liver (within 8-12 hours) and heart (within 4 hours) of only brain dead,
    can be donated.
  3. The donation of body can be made to a medical college only.

For starters you can pledge and apply for donor card as per below process but its optional
though it saves some formalities with the hospital.
What you need to do is to make sure your friends and relatives know that you want to donate your organs after death. If something happens to you that causes brain death then your next-of-kin will be asked for permission to use your functioning organs for transplant.

Then that person will contact nearby hospital, let them know the situation and go along with the process as detailed.

How to Pledge Organs:

  1. Log on to website of NOTTO (National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation) and register.
  2. Once registered, fill the Donor Pledge form and submit it.
  3. Once submitted, an email alert will inform the user to log on to the site to generate a donor card.
  4. Print the donor card.

Here are the links for some other good organisations that I could find:

  1. Donate Life India
  2. Organ India | Organ Donation in India
  3. Gift Your Organ Foundation ::

Again, do discuss with your family before registering. They have the power to not let the organisation perform their duties after death, because in the end their decision will be final. So their consent is very important.

To sum up:
Currently in India, Organ donation is a topic which if its not associated with any celebrity, will live in obscurity. Its in our hands to mend the mindset of this generation otherwise this flow will go on.

But why we want the body parts burn or buried, just because of traditions?
If yes, then it had to be changed.

To support the cause, Government can give appropriate benefits to those who have pledged for organ donation. And to avoid any family’s disagreement over the body in the future, Government should block some part of insurance amount (which was earlier agreed upon by the the donor).
Or something similar can be done if people show interests of at least half as much as they show in cricket.

Thanks for reading…



Questions before they leave…

Happy Family 2

When my friend’s parents passed away last year, he didn’t really realize how many things he would’ve liked to have known about them and their preferences and how much of their insight he would miss. Its been an year and thankfully he has almost sorted out himself at least to an extent.

When we were discussing about all these stuff, he opened himself and told me few things one should be knowing before its too late, which I have compiled as below:

1. Ask them about their youth. You would wish you knew more about how they handled/dealt with their own personal loss.

2. Ask about their first car (for instance) – like what they bought, what they paid, where and how they got the money. You’ll not only learn about their taste in cars, but about how they view their financial world.

3. Ask about their wedding- how did he propose, what did she wear, did they have a honeymoon? This will provide an insight of their subtle romances.

4. Ask about one of the worst times of their lives.

5. Ask about your family tree – you never know, at some point it will be important to you or your children. Have few recordings of them on random events or just unpretentious. Do not probe like any news channel. Just be casual.

6. Ask them, “Is there anything that if I were to find it out later, you would have regretted not telling me?” . Although this sounds harsh, but sometimes family secrets perish just because of lack of knowledge.

7. Know where they keep the important stuff – both practical (financial) and sentimental.

8. Lastly, thank them. If you are a parent yourself, right now, you know why, and if you are not yet, then simply thank them for not abandoning you to wolves one evening when their patience had worn thin 🙂 .

Mind it, you can not taking a viva or exam, keep it simple. Like one of my friend, made a point no matter how busy you are, just once a month, get dressed up and go to a fancy dinner. You can switch who would pay also. There you can spend some memorable time along with some pun chats.

And in addition to all above, you can sign up for StoryWorth – it’s a service that asks a question a week to your parents and records their answers.