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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Using a day

Woke up late.
Spent time talking to people both through phone and offline. Called
vishnu, Nousha.
Put vinayak chathurthi invitation cards in envelope.
Looking for a song to sing in group, now.
Had the special lunch with that sweet, cake like piece and curd rice.
Played cricket. In actuality, fielded. The game was two players in a
team, 3 overs per team, anyone fields. -4 for losing a wicket. Took
some catches at long.
Suni appan gave me and zigu the docomo sim. Not activated yet.
Didn't have current at times. Logged into fb chat and was very happy.
Messaged anie, arya, surya, vishakha (thankfully banglore is in
slept early. Woke up at 5.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Automatically coordinated

Prasoon called in the morning to say he got allocated to pariyaram
medical college and so will be coming back at 11.30 to leave the
college..so, i gave the key to prefect manoj sir..
Breakfast was ready at hostel at 7.35 am. Had it.
Epithelium was taught, followed by cell organelles.
On the dissection table, pectoralis major was cut.
Seniors said the audition of dance, etc was at 5pm in the auditorium
on tuesday, wednesday and the second. Was glad that like me the girl's
name collector, varsha, had no names.
Aquib got dropped by asad because of his ankle sprain. So harshith
walked with me. At hostel prasoon had reached. He was packing up. I
took the memorandum of joining (to use as proof of address) and when i
was leaving i came to know that he hadn't come early or got the key
from the prefect, but that he reached here after razik. So i gave him
the remaining key. He said he'd give it to someone, or wait because
razik'd be back soon (biochem practical had nothing to do)
so, i ran back to college. Entered the biochem lab, signed, showed the
covered record, left!
At the front side of the college i met razik, he was going to the
hostel. Right behind was aquib who wanted me to take his leave letter
to secretary karthik sir.
While waiting for him to write it, i met anie, bhavika and julie -
another girl from kerala whom i hadn't seen till now. Anie was telling
her new number. I dialled it and kept it in call register memory. Then
i had to see if airtel had been activated, and put that sim only to
lose anie's number because it was not activated yet. And then when i
went to aquib he was holding our room key which prasoon had given him
while leaving.
Thus i knew razik'd be waiting outside the room. But i had to go to
the sim shop to get this activated. There they told me they wanted a
local address, which i gave.
And activation assured in 10 minutes, i went hostel. Razik had to
catch the 3.45 train to Mysore. He left bread, and musambi in the room
because he couldn't eat it from general compartment.
Me and harinath ate it.
Then the sim got activated. But the stupid thing didn't have the first
recharge. And i walked all the way to the shop once again. Made them
activate. And then when i was looking for a good sms plan i realised
that though airtel has so many plans they don't have one useful plan
for national sms.
Bsnl rocks even when roaming.
And while i was walking back zigu called me telling he got the hostel
certificate from the manager. So i found a shortcut through kr
hospital to reach the hostel.
I got the hostel certificate too after reaching the hostel.
Hope someone did attend the audition.
Then i went to take photostat of it and license to get the docomo sim.
Took it and suni appan said he'd come at night.
Zigu was reaching the final of the chess tournament then. And when he
came back, we went to get an earphone for his mobile which was
unfortunately nowhere to be found.
Back hostel our immediate seniors wanted more players to make their
team for the post dinner match. I joined, as well as samrat.
They gave me a stud, albeit a too small for me one.
But right before the match the seniors asked 2k11 to play a friendly.
Took 7 players and went to the ground. 2-3 seniors entered our team.
So most of us, including me din't have to play.
Got out of the studs to take the attendance.
Did that and had enough walking for the day that sleep was instant

Monday, August 29, 2011


Slept at 1.30 am. Woke up at 6.30.
Drew the microscope in the histology observation till leaving, and
that was the most intelligent decision of the day because the
professors did want us to do that.

Had breakfast on the way, learned clavicle too on the way. Though the
people who hadn't brought scapula had become a minority (compared to
the same with clavicle) the ma'am let us sit. Continued carbohydrates
in biochem, transport across cell membrane in physiology.
And in anatomy, we started dissection!
Removing the skin from the pectoral region inch by inch (that's how we began)
aquib told me he'd buy me biriyani instead of the 50 rupees he had to
give me as sunday's auto share and so we and harshith went to biriyani
palace. But unfortunately for me, it was closed. So we had masala
dosha from the hotel next.

Unable to wait for the address proof formality i bought an airtel sim
from the shop next to Sree medical books where only airtel sim was
being sold, and that too with just an id and colour photo required.
But the sim is still not activated :P
Slept back at hostel. In between reshma called. And then dad sent me
the secret number of a rs 100 recharge.
Had dinner and slept again. And at 10 or so i was called to complete
the kabbadi team. Our match was scheduled for tuesday, but most of us
would have to go home. And lol it was. The 2k9 batch, which included
manjunath sir, was our opposite team. Among many accidents aquib
strained his ankle, i got a slap on the face as a part of the game,
and bruised both the knees. But my highest point was that when i was
alone here i outted a senior rider by clinging to his legs. Anyhow we
Took a bath at 11.30 and slept peacefully.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Party day

So, since asad - a localite - had dropped out of the ug team attending
the cme at hotel grand maurya, i got the chance. Aquib, harshith (if
i've used arshid to refer to him before, please note the change) and
me caught an auto with a meter that stopped working at 42 rupees and
we gave 80 rupees, whereas we paid only 70 for the return trip.
The conference, the first medical conference for me, was exciting.
It began with management of skin infections...including cellulitis
(the thing i had in my leg due to that insect bite)
then about infertility, how timing of intercourse is one simple step
(how luteal phase is always 14 days and how 26th day is the day of
ovulation if the menstrual cycle is 40 days long)
and then the 4th man in india to have a degree in spinal surgery
talked about the wonderfully quick back pain relieving spinal
surgeries he had done at apollo hospital, including the story of the
man who was so comfortable after the surgery that he refused to come
back for follow ups
then the endoscopic expert talked about endoscopy in emergencies, and
showed videos of removing the 5 tooth brushes that he removed from a
13 year old and pulling out the ascaris that was going inside the bile
duct of an emergency patient by its tail leaving everyone but the
ascaris smiling
then there was class about hepatocellular carcinoma, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disorder (which's not asthma and has got
remedies), etc.
The lunch, in between was simple rice. But there was ice cream and
rasagula (the delegates had to pay 300 rupees..it was free for us
then mmc&ri's psychiatry hod talked about psychosomatic disorders (the
talk we'd been waiting for)..unfortunately all the jokes were told in
kannada..i understood swalpa swalpa only..but still the talk didn't
include case studies, it was all about quotes that said how body and
mind are related, and so was rather disappointing.
How ct scan works, the question i had last week or so, was answered
right next. 360 degree x-ray illumination
last talk was about rabies vaccine. A very interesting one from the
doctor at mandya institute of medical science.
Before lunch there was an inauguration, which included our dean.
Everyone in the stage was given Mysore special blanket, elephant
statue, and one big necklace (have to find out its name)
at hostel, razik had come back. Luckily i had given one key to zigu.

back home people who've gone pc thomas have reached back for onam
holidays. Nousha said she'll be till 11th. Varsha said she was loving
the place but not feeling like learning. Reshma, the first to message,
stopped at the "loving the place" part. No, she said she's loving
learning too.

Had the meeting tea in the night too.
karthik sir said that the application for hostel certificate (address
proof) will have to be given to the manager who'd come on monday
afternoon, and so the letter that we gave to shiv shankar sir y'day
would be useless

and then there was the football match. After the pg sirs (including
anatomy professor) played some senior team, we played another senior
team and lost 2-3.
Had a late night chat with manjunath sir at the injured sindhukumar's
room along with aquib. He said us to be silent (not smart), to expect
zero opportunities in non-academic matters, and that
Mysoremedicalcollege.com is run by the student community itself.
Sleeplessly posted this at 1:30

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Running behind

Today also we were having class from 8. But i had the attendance duty
too. So, ran to college. Had breakfast at hotel shringar on the way.
Carbohydrates began working in my stomach and on the black board

the next hour was free! The first free hour. And i used it to get
bhavika's bio data. Thankfully she din't give any phone number.
Then, in the anatomy hall there was biochem lecture of lipids.
And right after that the powerpoint aided class about breast. I was
sleepy, but the projector screen woke me up ;-)
monday we'll begin dissection. And the minimum requirements will
include apron, scalpel, blunt and sharp versions of that two legged
instrument used to pick up things whose name i forget right now, and
finally the concerned bones. Ah! I won't have the bone set soon. Aquib
promised in the night to sell me one of his bone sets when he gets his
second set from banglore on tuesday.
And then there was a welcome surprise. Every saturday we'd have only
half day class, and second saturdays are holidays. So happy i was.
Arya wanted to buy a mobile handset. We went to our nokia dealer. Got
an X1-05 something 1900 rupee set.
Razik and prasoon went home. After lunch i closed the room, kept the
keys in zigu's room where he was playing chess and went to wash and
bath. On returning wearing just the towel i saw zigu's room locked too
(and my keys inside, when seen through the doors) and him nowhere to
be found. Discovered how difficult it was to obtain his phone number
without my mobile. Finally samrat, his roommate, came and opened the
door for a second to allow me to get the keys. Got them, finished the
bath, kept the clothes for drying and then started covering all the
observations and the biochem record i had, listening to kannada music
on the phone radio. Zigu had gone to play chess, and he went to play
Slept a little after finishing covering. Then aquib woke me up. No he
din't wake me, zigu did.
After dinner saw the football match between senior batches in the cold
wind for a while. Ours is tomorrow night.
Checked the attendance and tallied people who've left.
Slept alone.

Friday, August 26, 2011


Y'day biochem class was at 8! Got up at 7, dressed up and left :-D
had breakfast from hotel gayathri (the one we had lunch on the day of admission)
biochem was introductory too..2mro's carbohydrate
physiology was about blood, but the sir talked about everything
anatomy was a seminar on pectoral region, made the mistake of taking
down notes as understood later in dissection hall. It's all in
textbooks, we just have to draw
had ragi ball with lunch..it had to be eaten with sambar, but sambar
was ghatham..
Learned that i should wear apron from outside the dissection hall..
Bought histology text too from kr circle. Then scale, rubber and pouch.
At hostel there was a volley match being played. It was compulsory to
watch only for those who cared. Seniors asked me to learn to write
karnataka in kannada and to get the bio data of the most beautiful
girl in our batch by today.
Had to play one volley match too. Got a bruised knee and torn pant,
and lost. Since there was microphones etc installed for celebration
there was no current and so no water to wash..
Later warden came and asked us about everything. Aquib was made the
class representative and he chose arshid and me as his assistants..
Everyone got a tea!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Being in the mood

Y'day was a day of excitement. Reached college early and sat at
comfortable positions. Histology sir described epithelium till 10.15..
Everyone was late for nerve fibres in physiology. The professor talked
about different types of nerve fibre, their classification, etc.
Classification was totally new. But nerves slowly brought me back to
my thoughts..if learning can be done through experience, would it take
only an experience to control voluntarily our involuntary organs? May
be the connections are different.

At dissection hall it was the same routine. Sit, read, stand, feel
giddy.. Luckily i was ok just by sitting down today..then the teachers
called me and asked to sit close to the cadaver. I asked them who
cunningham was and had to find on myself about daniel john
cunningham..and everyone had to have the bone of the
day..unfortunately today every batch had osteology together. So the
hope that 3 people from 3 batches can get it paying 1000 each will
have to wait for next week..now the question is "how to ask seniors"

and den a lady came for help. I gave 20 rupees. Many gave 100. And a
man from CBR surgicals talked about his shop, gave us the card and
free mask..
And seniors came to invite us to the inter college fest happening
later next month. They needed people to form rock band. Nobody! To
sing, dance. Nobody! To collect names of these participants. I stood
up :-D
since they took quarter an hour we had to run back to hostel for
lunch. And jithesh fell from bike in front of hostel in the hurry.
Seniors took him to hospital. Stitch in the chin antibiotics

called dad, and nivi in the way. She was planning a get together
during onam. Dad and mom was planning to come here on saturday,
At osteology we learned or rather heard things about clavicle..conoid
tubercle, cleidocranialdysostosis, sternocleidomastoid..and too many
other terms to retain.

Back hostel early because almost all shopping has been done. Opened
bag only to see my precious pencils, rubber, sharpener and scale to be
missing :-(
so, postponed drawing
went around in rooms asking for people to participate in song, dance..
Hardly any luck
tried reading ganong and fell asleep ;-)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sleeping well

Y'day i woke up late, because razik woke up late too :-D he had the
alarm on, but he stopped it and slept.

Started reading cunningham's manual. I was assigned attendance duty
for today. So kept the attendance book open at the breakfast table.
There was only dosha for breakfast after the long queue, and that too
just two.
Walked very quickly to the college.
Had a class about epithelium, and then about protein chemistry's importance.

Then went to the dissection hall. After reading cunningham's we stood
up around the teacher and a few minutes later i was feeling dizzy (not
because of the presence of the cadaver, but because of the absence of
anything in the stomach)
so i slept in the theory hall.

And i couldn't walk back as fast for lunch. But didn't wait for
chappathi in the queue, so earned some time..

Went to physiology lab in the evening. Learned about microscope again.
Oil immersion lens seems interesting.

After the class me and zigu continued shopping after talking to arya
about jain aprons and women's hostel. Their's is a less scary story.
We went sri medical books and there weren't the books that we needed
or the apron.
So we got the dissection kit, pen torch, etc from the surgical store opposite.
And then we went in search of jain aprons. We had correctly reached D.
Devraja Urs road..but didn't go the right direction. And we were tired
that we decided to go back to hostel. After reaching hostel we learned
that it was indeed at the other end of dd urs road..so we slipped to
chappals and went again for it. Reached there easily this time. Was
charged just 250.
By then suni appan found us. He accompanied us to the second hand
bookstall opposite city bus stand and there i got ganong, and
cunningham's part 2, 3 for just 720
went to writing needs and got the notebooks, etc.
Now i have most things i need, except bone set. I had asked about it
before leaving college to the attenders and they said it cost 3000.
Dad said it's important but he never used to take it to college, so
all his roommates could buy one together.
And so i didn't buy it so quickly. I gotta ask the professors what to do.
Reached hostel and the shopping bag was saved from being searched by
the seniors because harinath was already caught.
Hadn't gone for volley today.
Had a bath, kept the attendance book, had dinner and slept very early
because i had a slight headache. Slept immensely peacefully.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cleaning up the mud

This post must've been a part of the previous one (but since i'm
posting through email, can't edit posts)

so i took a bath and washed my clothes y'day evening. Kept the clothes
for drying on the rope i tied in the hostel room itself. Later a
senior who came to my room told me to tie it outside, and that was
Lesson learned: seniors know what's good

Mud Rolling

And today was fun too. Woke up early because razik was celebrating
ramzan & had to pray
and after his prayer, we slept again :-D

then i postponed the bath to evening.
Had biriyani, went straight college with the apron and notebook in the
plastic bag i got y'day with bed sheet

physiology class was about cell membranes. (sphingolipids!)
& in anatomy we went to dissection hall. And got the chance to put on
the apron. Saw some bones in osteology. Sat with the cadaver for 2

Walked back to hostel for lunch. Ran back to college after it, because
there was a slight drizzle & because it was nearing 2.

Biochem practical was over quickly. So i went shopping for goods.
Dinesh Puri textbook was available at the book exhibition in the
college itself. Didn't get ganong there.
Bought a bag from royal bags in devraja urs road.
Went lookin for sri books with zigu. Cudn't find it :-D
(got the map from razik later)
then we reached jlb road through dd urs road. He looked for an
earphone to his mobile

reached hostel and seniors were playing volley ball, they asked for
us. I went, and had to return of poor form :-P

& today the seniors started becoming stricter. But manjunath sir
guaranteed that if we show respect there'll be no ragging, surely.

And they asked us to form sports teams, after dinner.
I got the alternating job of takin attendance with aquib & another guy

slept with mosquitoes

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rolling in

On 22nd august 2011 this batch (i'll insert the batch number later)
began its marathon (as our histology professor says [i'll insert his
name later] update: professor chandrashekhar )

the first class was just an introductory one by the biochemistry prof
in the anatomy hall.. We were all asked our ambitions, reasons to
choose medicine, etc.. 'Neurologist' was what 1/4th at least wanted to
be..so i said 'research in brain and cognitive science'..
Then she talked about how 75% attendance is compulsory and about the internals..
We got a list of recommended books.. Now i needa find a second hand
book shop to get those..

Then we went to physiology dept & listened to almost the same things
again, only that this time we were jam packed
(going by the way professors are stressing the attendance issue, i
guess there'll be more room in later days)

can't forget the roll call..i got roll number 8..but zigu is some 150
(not exactly r8 now, but he'll be 150 when everyone joins) and it
takes some 10 minutes to reach him

then at the anatomy dept..no we didn't get to the cadavers today..only
a skeleton welcomed us..
And actual class started with histology there. Professor was damn
joyful (till i drew the microscope lacklusterly later :-D)

so we got additions to our required materials - H & E pencils, knee
hammer, pen torch and the striking ones stethoscope and apron!

I bought the apron from d society payin 300 (size 32 ;-))..but nobody
else is wearing one as of now. So i kept it folded

had lunch from a hotel outside bcoz the canteen within the college was
closed, and i din't know hostel was walkable distance away.

Then we were divided into 3 batches acc to roll number.. I thought
arya'd be in my batch and have the time table because her name starts
with 'a'
but unfortunately she got some 130+ roll number..
And then i went in search of the histology lab..me and anie went to
anatomy hall and there were students too..but they were final years
finally we found the lab in the first floor, above biochemistry hall..
Her roll number ws 11, but the number was written next to 8! There's
another Akshay on my right in the lab..actually there's another one
too, dunno where he is..
Anyhow cross talking was not allowed..
So we observed air bubble, hair, dust and cotton fibres under the
microscope. 'Focus in low power' is the main point to note..i still
dunno how to close one eye..that's a handicap :-P
so, we'll have observation notes here too.
At least there are only 3 subjects..

After all the drawing process we were allowed out to attend the
fresher's day program at the jubilee hall (the large auditorium) ..
There was food.. There were speeches.. And there was an anti-drug oath

went town in the night, bought bed (4 inch coir + foam type which'll
last 5 years at around 3k cost)

had the first dinner at the hostel and it rocked (literally..the tv
volume was rocking the glass panes)

in the end there was a meeting. Warden sir came.. Everyone introduced
themselves.. And the prefects (seniors supervising us) told us what
was expected of us..

And then when everyone went their rooms they came checking on us..
My 105 room didn't have a cot for me. So i got one from the next room
(zigu's 104)

and i learned that seniors must be called 'sir' from rudra ansh (can't
link to his blog from mobile..search karo)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

History of the blog

Me created this blog from my mobile phone while i was obtaining admission to mbbs