Escape

“I am not addicted to drugs or alcohol- I am addicted to escaping reality.” There are days I wish I could forget The route home, wish I could upset The predictable order of things at a whim (Though the chances of this occurring are dim) There are times when I let my fantasy take flight …

Hello, I am your doctor..

I know you are worried I do not fulfil Your criteria- I can see I do not instil Confidence in you that  I am capable Of  taking excellent care of you, that I am able To diagnose and treat your condition- You might not have chosen me of your volition   But you were forced…

Running out of the weekend..

Another weekend is over and I Watch the minutes go ticking by Sunday night is here, and my Anxiety level is reaching its weekly high Where did the weekend go, I wonder I feel so tired, I guess it was a blunder To create a jam-packed schedule It seems to be an unwritten rule That…

The Heart of an Immigrant Writer

“The immigrant’s heart marches to the beat of two quite different drums, one from the old homeland and the other from the new. The immigrant has to bridge these two worlds, living comfortably in the new and bringing the best of his or her ancient identity and heritage to bear on life in an adopted…

Woman and Society

Ah, you fickle society With your norms arbitrary Established by those in authority- When will you learn to deal with me? ** If I did possess, proudly Alluring, exquisite beauty If I were willing to sacrifice My intellect, often perceived as a vice You would know where to place Someone like me, just a pretty…

The Sound of Applause

“O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?” William Cowper They say happiness comes from within Yet I proudly say I have committed the sin Of pride- in my life many times over I am flamboyant, I am a lover Of attention from audience, their adulation The sound of…

Ramblings of a doctor in the intensive care unit (ICU)

Exhausted, discouraged, demoralized I feel As I sit at the end of the day, rubbing my aching heels Life and death in all their unpredictability Get in the way of caring for patients, inevitably And I question myself, that though my team strives To make every single sick patient survive Our efforts turn out to…

Weary traveler, come home

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Excitement starts stirring in my chest In anticipation of what’s coming next Memories of the hallowed land dear From my brain’s recesses suddenly appear- Invading all…

Venus and Mars at workplace

We live in a modern society, we think we have made strides In the realm of gender equality, bridged gaps wide Women are liberated, work in every sphere Yet discrimination at workplace remains a valid fear For women from all walks of life- sometimes disguised In condescending tones, full of patronizing advice- At other times…

Tourist, traveler

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” ― G.K. Chesterton A traveler is what I longed to be To experience new places, with an open mind see New landscapes, mingle with people different From one adventure to another- that’s how I wanted life spent I wanted to…

Lesson learnt on a busy day..

“The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.” William Osler My schedule is full, each patient today Is complicated in his own unique way I am running late from one appointment to another Have to finish on time to fulfill my role as a mother Each patient deserves full attention…

Hope in my hands

I looked down, staring quite wistfully, At the lines on my palms uncomprehendingly I had heard as a child, it was probably just folklore That the lines on your palm represented, for sure Your future, the length of your life and success Were secrets embedded in these creases- I confess I was a skeptic from the start,…