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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time to Fly

It has already been half a month since I turned 21.

The sedentary life was giving me a heart attack. So I started jogging. Three days later replaced that with football in the evening. Only "Campnow stadium" (or hostel ground) is so full of dust that playing there is equivalent to smoking 2 cigarettes.

Postings in community medicine is proving useful. Though I have not taken any case seriously in the wards, I have been reading about parallel stuff - like the story of tuberculosis (that led me to the understanding that tuberculosis has a very important role in the history of medicine) and the Indian national programmes for children.

Here is a beautiful quote:
2000 B.C.—Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D.—That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 A.D.—That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1920 A.D.—That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1945 A.D.—That pill is ineffective. Here, take this penicillin.
1955 A.D.—Oops . . . bugs mutated. Here, take this tetracycline.
1960–1999—39 more “oops.” Here, take this more powerful antibiotic.
2000 A.D.—The bugs have won! Here, eat this root.
 Classes are still going slow. OBG is the only subject that is proving interesting.

Outside the classes, things are going faster.

Last Monday Dr Dharav Shah, a psychiatrist from NIMHANS took a beautiful session on how doctors can stop the alcohol epidemic.

The Kreida 2014 team is beginning to rev up. All teams have been decided. I am doing sports quiz, one of the new items in this year's kreida.

Academic society will also kick up some dust soon with its activities.

Fest: To hold, or not to hold - that is the question. Because October is too close to the exam. May is too close to today (which prevents fund collection) and to rain (which prevents outdoor fest)

Trip: To go to Goa, the best time is November to March. Due to Kreida, March is blocked. I am sure I will have to walk without clothes if we go in this month itself.

Friday, February 7, 2014

3rd year

Community medicine  department became the first to suggest reading a textbook that was written for a different subject when the HoD asked us to read Harrison's, Davidson's and Hutchinson's , McLeod's instead of community medicine textbooks like Park.

He also suggested one important thing - to stop getting involved in college activities, politics, etc and to start pouring in hours after hours reading those standard textbooks and others. Genuine. Why should students be spending any time doing things that are not useful for them, but probably harmful, in the long run?

Thus, my resolutions to disregard anything that isn't directly related to my career henceforth, got some cementing.

He also said of the need to stop depending on parents. And that gave me some more reasons why I should start earning some bucks on my own.

Technically, I'm motivated.