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Dr Hans-Peter Dürr, the famous German scientists, who succeeded Albert Einstein and Werner Heisenberg as the President of Max Planck Institute said - I studied matter for 35 years only to find out that it does not exist.”
“Anxious and angry relatives are a burden all doctors must bear, but having been one myself was an important part of my medical education.” ― Henry Marsh, Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery1
“Doctors in India are not as effective as those abroad!” This was Jogi’s son, GG.
His casual statement stung me.
Jogi (Dr Joginder Singh), an old friend, had worked all his life as a physician in the public sector and had joined a private hospital after superannuation.2
“Wander with intent into a garden glorious. Walk with double brisk upon edenic paths. Flee the cursing fear that lights upon your eye. Seize the twisted dream that strangles earth and sky.” --Craig Froman, An Owl on the Moon: A Journal from the Edge of Darkness
This is Jia
I was mesmerized by her looks. She was dressed in blue denim trousers and a simple white T-shirt which carried a message in bold blue letters, ‘It’s Always Too Early Until It’s Too Late.’ What stood out more was her boyish hairstyle, with hair dyed in fluorescent green. This was Jia, my friend SD’s daughter.
"A casual consultation is just that - Casual" - Unknown
This blog has three stories and a couple of statements that may save your life and career.
First Story: Poonam
Major Poonam was getting late for her introduction parade and was rushing out to report in time. She was shouting instructions to her children about breakfast and catching the school bus
Poonam had passed her MBBS from Shimla about 11 years back and had married an Army officer. Later she had also joined the Army Medical Corps. Presently, her husband’s battalion was posted in a non-family field area and she lived with her children in an Army cantonment outside a second tier city. She was working at the local military hospital, which was being inspected by the GOC today. Poonam was proud to be working as MI Room (now called the Casualty) incharge and would be introduced to the GOC in the introduction parade.
“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” --William Shakespeare In Romeo and Juliet
“Sir, may I give you 27C, an aisle seat?” Check-in counter officer at the airlines asked me.
“I would prefer a seat somewhere in the front, if that is possible.” was my request.
His eyes searched around a bit on his computer screen and then he asked, “Sir, only a middle seat is available in the fifth row. Is that all right?”
I nodded and got 5E.
‘…every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.’ —OSCAR WILDE
Jaguar and an Eye-catcher
A black shining Jaguar XF always arrests my gaze as long as it is in front of my eyes. But this time, my eyes shifted focus to the man who came out of it, just as a uniformed chauffer came around to the door and opened it gently. The man looked nothing less than a movie star. Medium height, white hair combed back tidily, neatly groomed grey beard, aviator shades, dark blue striped suit, sparkling white shirt and in place of a necktie, a bolo tie of silver with a large amethyst at the centre.
“Foolish the doctor who despises the knowledge acquired by the ancients.”
Meeting ‘Tiddy’ was a momentous and stupifying event for me.
In middle school, about half a century back, we were a gang of three. The gang of Tiddy, Lambu and Motu was infamous for all the mischief that happened in the class. I was Motu, the sluggish one, who liked making plans. The other two were the active ones – the muscles. The name Tiddy (a grasshopper) was given because of his small frame and his penchant for pole-vaulting as a sport.Those were our most fun-filled days.
(From a ‘Jumping Jack’ to the ‘Best Bariatric Surgeon’)
Knowing is not enough; we must apply, Willing is not enough; we must do! Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Another lockdown OPD
It was another weekend lockdown with an empty OPD waiting hall. Around noon, there was a welcome intrusion by a friend from the neighbouring department.
“I want you to see a patient for me.” He came into my chamber talking. SB was one of the the youngest professors in this college, while I was one of the oldest.
“Sure, what is the problem?” I pointed him to a chair kept across the table at an appropriate distance.