Work-life balance

No matter in which direction you go these days There is talk about work-life balance in various ways It seems like there is a sudden urgency to shout From the rooftops about preventing burnout So mindfulness workshops are now to be found At many workplaces, the new idea going around Is that mindful eating, sitting, breathing are…

Book Hangover

I have had hangovers of varieties several By definition, they leave me quite miserable The one that I encounter most often, though Is a book hangover, most bibliophiles would know The bittersweet feeling of a loss that comes on After you turn the last page of a good book-you feel forlorn You were actually living…

Two decades at the altar of medicine

Two decades have gone by Gone by, it seems, in the blink of an eye Since I first stepped, with some trepidation Through the hallowed portals of this profession Starry-eyed, naive, with illusions grandiose Ecstatic, finally, to be in the throes Of what was universally known  to be The most arduous career path undoubtedly Entertaining visions of…

Girls of a feather

You grow up, find the right man, get married You grow a family, soon you are a mother harried Your life revolves around work and family When one fine day, quite suddenly There comes a message out of the blue From your old girlfriend, reminding you Of priceless moments spent in the company Of each other,…

Wrinkles

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.- Mark Twain I examined my face in the mirror one morning Before lathering on mandatory make-up, wondering When those fine wrinkles had stealthily appeared I was growing older faster than anticipated, I feared Just the site of those wrinkles around my tired eyes   Made all the…

A tribute to Indian folk art

I traveled through India, often complaining About the lack of infrastructure, feigning A Westernized approach to the land, I should say (Not proud of myself as I write this today) Then there was something that left me Mesmerized and amazed, when I did see (Again like the typical Western traveler) Folk art in its unadorned splendor…

Vertically challenged

There have been many times I have lamented My height, or lack thereof, the idea firmly cemented In my mind that the world respects stature in every way A towering presence can make heads sway The world is designed for people much taller than me Thus I suffer in “high” chairs, my legs dangling aimlessly I…

The Relationship

Introduced to each other by a mutual acquaintance Both accepted the introduction with mutual nonchalance Not particularly inclined to strike a meaningful conversation They made small talk out of politeness, with some hesitation Then came the innocuous comment that inspired Both of them to laugh- in that moment fate seemed to have conspired To draw…

Musings of a doctor

(Painting by Luis Jimenez Aranda- The ward in chief doctor visit. 1889) I think in my daily life I crib enough That life as a physician is pretty tough Running at times purely on adrenaline Assisted by a hefty dose of caffeine Trying (and failing) very hard to squeeze Sixty minutes of work in fifteen isn’t a…

Out of choice

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Sitting at my desk, sometimes I am lost in reverie As to where in the world would I be If I had taken the other road, the one Less traveled…

I’m afraid when I hear…

There are some phrases that come loaded With premonition of a bomb that has exploded My adrenergic system promptly goes into gear When these ominous phrases I hear Fear grips me, I start to prepare For what could be my worst nightmare- “I need to show you something” is one  I wonder what error of commision…

The Weight of Expectations

Fed on a steady diet of regulations and norms Presented in every manner and form From what to say, how to, to whom, and when From how to be seen and not heard as a woman Sartorial choices, type and level of adornment, Narrowly defined, giving way to resentment- Navigating the narrow alleys of behavior…