A blind assault on our planet

The earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.Ernest Hemingway I found it incredibly difficult to write this blog post, and it is probably not my best work. I think that is because this is something I feel passionate about but have never been able to articulate in the way it deserves. We are … Continue reading A blind assault on our planet

Average achiever

I was supposed to be an overachiever. You know, one of those doctors who finish community service and go straight into a registrar post and become a specialist at age 32, then a prof before 40! Instead, I am edging closer and closer to 30 and working in a warehouse on a contract basis that … Continue reading Average achiever

Thoughts on thoughts

My thought are always on. Always moving. Sometimes racing. Sometimes ambling. But always moving. They wander off into the past, taking left and right turns, one after the other. They stray down dark corridors. They open doors they shouldn't. Doors that say 'Do not disturb!' They find secret rooms and hidden tunnels. They go deeper … Continue reading Thoughts on thoughts

COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

Vaccines save lives; fear endangers them.Jeffrey Kluger I got my COVID-19 vaccine today and I won't lie, it was emotional. I feel immensely privileged and honored to be amongst the first in the world to be vaccinated, and the magnitude of the moment was overwhelming. So many people have questions about the vaccine. I realized … Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

Sunlight

There is a light somewhere. It may not be much light but it beats the darkness.Charles Bukowski In December I wrote a post about humanity and it's brokenness. I said that I really want to believe that humans are inherently good, but the current state of the affairs is making that incredibly difficult to do … Continue reading Sunlight

Let go

Why do human beings have such difficulty letting go? Why do we cling to the last fragments of things (jobs, expectations, relationships etc) not realizing that all we are clinging to are lost dreams or broken promises. And in the meantime our hands are bleeding. We go around the rooms of our lives jamming doors … Continue reading Let go

Humanity

Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.Mahatma Ghandi This year has made me question humanity. Are humans inherently good, with outside influences that corrupt us, causing us to become selfish and bitter and full of hate, or are we inherently evil, and these … Continue reading Humanity

If 1.6 million lives lost won’t convince them then what will one poem do?

I want to write a poem but I can't even think straight. I want to write a poem but I don't know where to start. Do I write about my day? My day without water or food or the chance to catch my breath (figuratively). Or do I write about my patients who cannot catch … Continue reading If 1.6 million lives lost won’t convince them then what will one poem do?

The biggest driver of this pandemic is ignorance

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.Martin Luther King, Jr It is December 2020 and our world is a mess. It feels like this whole year has been lost to this pandemic. Yet case numbers continue to rise, and people continue to believe/pretend that this virus is not real … Continue reading The biggest driver of this pandemic is ignorance

The lessons that being a patient taught me about being a doctor

In January this year, I found myself staring at a CT scan with a group of people in white coats. This is a pretty normal thing for a doctor to be doing; except I was in Mexico and the CT scan was my own, and I was wearing a hospital gown instead of a white … Continue reading The lessons that being a patient taught me about being a doctor