Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Class today was the usual, nothing special. Thankfully I could come back to hostel by noon, in the hot sun. Actually had plain rice for lunch! god! this was the first time, but I did have some tasty pickles to go with it. There is no power in my hostel for so long, dont know what to do. Its raining so nicely here and its cool.


I just looked out of the window and saw one of the most breath-taking scene I had ever seen. The sky was filled with blue-grey clouds, bright yellow light filtering through them, the trees around were auch a bright shade of green. Everything looked fresh and new and just out of a story book. The lovely cool breeze, the smell it brought along with it, the freshness, all of it was such a great experience. If we had the power to freeze such lovely moments and erase the bad ones, it would be nice.

Monday, June 29, 2009


When we go to college after holidays we meet our friends after a long time and the first greeting is a bright smile. From the smile of a person, you can get so much about the person and what he/she is thinking about us. Some people have such a false smile which shows obviously that they are not true. The best smile I have seen so far is that of a child. I should actually call it a laugh. The most innocent way of expression of a child is its lovely smile. The eyes shine, cheeks become pink and it looks so cute. They cheer up even a person who is extremely upset. Infact at times of deep sorrow, a friendly even from an unknown person is a great relief. We do not require eloquent words of encouragement, a simple and true smile is such a booster and ofcourse it beautifies the face.


The most patient creatures in this world are mothers. I have no idea how they manage to do all the work, take care of everyone, deal with a dozen wrong calls, stupid salesmen and still remain so cheerful. She listens to my every single word with so much attention and what I like best is that till date I have never regreted following her advice even in one case. Her suggestion is so well balanced and perfect. She wears herself out for her children and husband. She does not give importance to her likes and needs as she does to ours. She is truly great person, and when I see how completely selfless she is, I realise I have nothing to complain about. She is the perfect role model for every person. In most families the mother is the most patient person who is so well adjusted with everyone around her.


God! I am so happy I have so many free hours this semester. The subjects are good and I am actually listening and taking notes. But some professors can be so irritating, repeating the same stuff again and again. And then there are some who simply do so much over-action. The people of my class are fine, its a nice bunch of people. Over all I like the way things are going now, though I dunno how things will turn out later.


I was watching an episode of House where he talks with Wilson about social contract of relationships. When we talk with friends and share our fears, the first reaction will be "Dont worry re, everything will work out fine". What is the point of simply saying everything will be fine, to just increase the confidence? And when unfortunately the thing does not work out well, again the response will be " Dont worry, you will do better next time". How the hell does that person know what the outcome will be? I mean, you can support your friends, encourage them, but wont it be better to prepare them for what they have to face? A good friend should listen to the problem, try to suggest solutions and ask how confident that person is and if the prospect seems bleak, a friend should help you to realise that failure is not the end of everything.

Sometimes, you know yourself that things are not going to work out well, but a kind word from someone does boost up the confidence level and prepares you for hardships ahead. But the point is we are not always going to have someone or the other to support us, so better to fend for ourselves na. There are some people who listen so much, so patiently and come up with the most brilliant and innovative suggestions. Such people are a pleasure to talk with and to share things with.

The biggest support for a person is his/her family and closest friends. In every step of our life, in every decision, our parents trust and us and give us the freedom to do what we want to do. Right from the course to the university. They would not have had such facilities at their times and now they want to provide us with the best. They help us to bear with the failures. There is nothing that feels better than mother's hug, father's pat, sister's jokes and a good friend's shoulder at a time when we are upset.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


This is some disease! Caused by a small virus that we cannot even see. And it terrorises the whole body, making us sneeze a million times every day, a continously running nose, a terrible headache, feels uncomfortable the whole day. For three or four days makes us so miserable! I wish i could just sleep off the cold! this may probably be one of the oldest diseases ever and I am sure even our ancestors may have suffered from it, but till date there is no definitive cure for it. Every person has to suffer for a week till it goes off on its own. Throat at its worst ever, sounds like a frog croaking. Cannot even look at the monitor or cell phone for more than a few seconds without eyes watering. We do so much research on so many diseases and otehr stuff, and yet unable to find a cure for a simple cold, otherwise knows as the Common Cold, probably the only disease that millions of us get a number of times in our lifetime. I guess it should be in the guiness world book of records for being the disease infecting the most number of people in this world, the most number of times!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Something random

Tall green grass, lofty trees, cool breeze, laughing kids, smiling parents--A picnic spot

Bright colours, changing emotions, creative tunes, sharp memories, a smile, a sigh, reaching out--Good music

A touch, a kiss, a gurgle, big eyes, curious hands, toothless mouth, pink cheeks, soft--New born baby

Luscious, juicy, sweet, satisfying--Mango

Getting up late, relaxed, exploring, something unusual, pleased, some place new--A holiday

School vs College

People who have been in the same school right from kinder-garden will agree that it has shaped them in a certain way. I am not saying anything against people who change schools, but what I am saying is that, growing up in the same school, under the same principles, nourishes you in uniform way. For instance, changing from a state board school to CBSE board etc make it difficult or easier for the students to cope up with the new syllabus. The teaching manner, the language used maybe different and of course the approach of teachers and fellow students. So we grow up in the same school, under familiar environment, with no change and then, what happens when we go to college? Out of the protective shelter, this is the real test to see if you can still uphold the teachings of school, if you can still be, in some way, unaltered. Of course everyone change in college, for the better or for worse. We learn and we become somebody in school, and we mature and form a lasting character in college. That is what I think. When we go out of school to college, the first few months there is not much change, but as we face the various problems, we realise and we mature and we finally become who we actually are. That is why, not only school teachers, but college lecturers also play a part in our growth.


I was talking with my old school teachers and tuition sir, and one common thing they said was "your batch was much better than those we have to face now". I feel this is absolutely true. I also see so many juniors, they have absolutely no discipline and no respect for others. No human is perfect, but we know our limits and go by it and of course, we think twice before hurting other's feelings. The attitude I have seen with youngsters is that, as long as their academic performance is good, their parents should not question the other things they do. Infact, a first year of my hostel went to see a movie the day just before her first semester exam stating that she had already finished studying everything, and her parents did not object. now if it had been one of us doing the same thing, I cannot imagine what the reaction of our parents would be. I am not saying what she did was wrong, she can do what she wants in her life, but everything has its limits.

Just because a person scores good marks, he/she cannot get away with what ever they do. They have to respect their seniors, they have to be obedient and sincere and should atleast listen to what others say. These are the basic courtesies we practise everyday. Until recently I never thought I would come across such a character who was so adverse to everything I beleived in. I mean, people are different, but when it comes to respecting elders, adn other issues, most of us are same, because we have the same tradition and we were taught right from childhood to not cross certain limits. In this aspects and in many more, the way our juniors are going does not seem good, and the worst part is the parents can do nothing about it. Youngsters rule the household, dictate their parents and have absolute disregard for other's feelings. Probably I should not generalise this, because, not everyone will be as said above, but that is what I have seen so far.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


This would probably be the most talked upon topic, we have so many forwarded e-mails, messages and what not, teasing and commenting about house-wives addicted to serials. But the situation never changes. Recently, my mother was travelling by train where she met this female, who was proudly announcing that she watches 25 different serials regularly, hence she never travels during weekdays, she travels only during weekends. What a life! Apparently, her cable suppliers give her some special offer beacause she is an esteemed customer!! It sounds so stupid, I mean serials can be entertaining to a certain extent. I liked the serial about school life in Vijay TV, though I did not follow it properly, I would just see a few episodes now and then. Instead, some people have made serials as their life. Living every moment and seeing the same emotional shit again and again. Do they never ever get bored? Serials like that Kolam on Sun TV, again and again one female tries to open her own office and some guy opposes her, and the whole family sit and cry blah blah blah. God! I really hate that one. Everytime my mother sees that serial. the only stuff I can hear, even from the other room, is some female crying about soem problem in the house. How many times can anyone bear to just see them cry? Its plain crazy!

I like English serials like House and Friends. House for instance, its cool really, I like the way they speak, the professional atmosphere, the diseases and the treatments and how House plays around with his sub-ordinates and the patients, how he can piece together the puzzle, how he plays tricks on Wilson, how he teases Cuddy, its all so interesting to watch, and when i talk with some one who I do not like much, seeing House has helped me to give a few smart retorts. Friends on the other hand, is just plain entertainment. I really like the relationships between the six of them, the friendship, the silly stuff they do, it lightens the mood, a lovely round of laughter when seeing an episode of friends. Just the kind of serial we can watch with a bunch of friends, huddle around the laptop. Any kind of movie or serial or anything should be only as a momentary entertainment, maybe during holidays, after a week of exams, after a tiring day at college, just some forty five minutes or so, of repreive, just to relax. That is what I think it should be.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Talking about being idle, doing nothing, having all the time in the work. Chalk out a schedule, make a list of what all you want to do, and decide the priority of each. And the time of the day each activity is better carried out eg. walking is better early mornin and late evenings, and music can be combined with this. And reading novles is best in the noons and so on. Any creative idea can be worked upon then and there, abandon everything you are doing and sit down to satisfy the whim of your heart.

Are you satisfied with life living it this way? Doing just what you like, and not bothered about others? Then this is your happy life, enjoy it because no one knows how long it will last. I know that my world of bliss will be till June 23rd when I have to go back. But this time I guess one has to be determined not to ruin their aura or mood for any reason. A person should try to be happy what ever it is he/she has to do to keep life going normally.

Long Absence

It has been long since i sat down to right something. My training got over and i came back home. Extremely stressed out after a week's travel to and fro, about seven hours of travel every day. In that crowded bus, with not even a decent seat, to be standing the whole time. Well am glad its over and i got the certificate. I was thinking about leisure during that hectice schedule. We never appreciate the extra, free time that we have. When we have excess time, we just sleep and waste it seeing the same movies again and again, and ofcourse a major part is spent doing nothing. Some of us spend time with our friends and family, that is time well-spent for sure. Instead, I was wondering how nice it would be to do something useful for sometime every day. So today i got up early morning and started to help my mother around the house. I went to the market and got vegetables and made potato fry and had sandwich for breakfast. The helped dad with some stuff he needed. Then went out again to buy some stuff mother needed. God! the heat in Chennai is unbearable, I can compare this to that one week in Coimbatore where i enjoyed such cool breezes every day, even in the afternoon.

I learnt a lot during that one week's trainig and not just subject oriented. It was good experience, and i met different kinds of people. In an actual proffessional environment, everything is so difficult. Especially, in an hospital, there will be night shifts and even sundays maybe working days. One cannot stick to the strict schedule of coming at nine in the morning and leaving at sharp five. One should be willing to do late night shifts without expecting extra pay or any kind of compensation. Suddenly a colleague maybe absent due to unknown reason and we may need to cover up for him/her. There are so many unavoidable situations where we will be forced to work so hard, and without a choice. And the pay is not that high either. Another point about working in the hospital is the potential risk of infection. Especially while handling blood samples, a small spill can cause so many unknown infections and one has to be very careful working under such conditions. There should be perfect concentration in the work because the test results predict the presence or absence of a disease in the patient and hence there should be no mistake made. Here, even the smallest of small things matter so much. It was real good experience, it gave me a new sense of what is waiting for me in future.

Ofcourse no one knows aboutt he future, but one has a pretty good idea about it right. When we plan something, we also need to work accordingly for it. If we do not give the input our dream needs, then the ouput will not be what we want. This is simple logic that we all know, but how many accept it and go along with it. I see lethargy in so many people, of course I am lazy too. But i do nto like unfair competition. A fact I never understood was why do people always say that they have not studied before an examination while evryone knows that obviously all students study, atleast sometime before the exam!! No one seems ot be true and frank these days. And there is no point in one person trying to be honest, it is only going to be mis-interpreted and commented on by others. So would you rather go with the crowd and end up being monotonous and boring or would you try to be different and be commented on?!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Second day

Started badly, me sleeping very late last night and hence getting up late and started late and was fifteen minutes late at hospital, but it was not a big deal after all because the other trainees came after me! today was relatively fast and boring. I learnt some new things and saw the definitive test for HIV and Hepatitis A, B and C and the ANA test for auto-immune diseases. It is relatively easy, fast and very reliable. Tomorrow promises to be more interesting, but longer. Today I got free in half a day, thus reaching home early. The bus journey to and fro coimbatore is very frustrating and tiring, but i can get thro it well enough.

Monday, June 1, 2009


How true is the proverb "idle brain is devil's workshop". It takes a lot of effort for a lazy person to summon up self control and try to do some constructive work during free time. Already laziness is an inherent quality. On top of that sleepy because of getting up early in the morning and bored because i have to just sit and watch while others do their cultures and streaking. It is interesting to be in such a lab but i have to know what exactly is going on right!? After all, I am here to learn something new.

Let me start at the beginning. I am in PSG Hospital in Coimbatore for a week's training in Clinical MicroBiology. The campus of PSG is very beautiful and the weather is pleasant. There are so many trees in the campus and there are lots of flower bushes making the place so colourful and pleasing to look at. One thing that dis-appointed me so far are the buildings i saw. In my college, the buildings are so modern and beautiful to look it. Here the buildings are old and plain grey or red with no fancy structures. Only two buildings are built in the modern style. But the canteen is large and airy, a huge improvement from the one back in my college. The biggest plus point is the lovely weather and the frequent breezes.

On entering, the hospital and emergency ward is to the right and the college buildings are to the left. I went to the principal's office first and found out the agenda for the day and left in search of the doctor who was to guide me. I finally found her and got my instructions. After the morning session, I was given two hours of lunch break and had no idea what to do since I finished off my lunch within a few minutes. Now i started thinking of all kinds of stuff to do to distract myself and be occupied for the rest of the remaining time. That is how i started writing this post in the notebook i had brought along with me. I am sitting beneath the trees and savouring the cool breeze and have my music player playing some select favourites which created a soothing aura around me.

It has been so long since i actually sat and write out something instead of simply typing it out on my laptop, but now, i do not have that luxury and i have to ward off the rest of the time, so I am
writing slowly. Usually what i write so much are ofcourse my exam papers. Lol!! Feel so proud i can fill up so many pages with legible, sensible stuff. Ofcourse the background music is great, the playlist I have created for myself is really good, about 155 songs, ofcourse hindi, english and tamil, songs of all genre, old and new. A nice mix potraying different feelings and emotions.

I want to record an incident which happened in lab today. The technician was working on a black granite table on which some sample and stuff had spilled accidently. She had warned me from the first to keep my belongings in a different room on a clean table. A fly was hovering around, hopping about, sitting on the sample containers and was flying around when it suddenly it fell down on the table and it could not get up again. I watched it struggling twisting its little body and trying in vain to fly. I wonder if it was paralysed or wat. Ultimately, as yu might have guessed, it died within a span of just few minutes.Just imagine how contaminated that table must have been for an almost instantaneous death. that is when i decided I am never going to touch that table again. Lol!!

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