A Day in a Hospital

I had been yearning for a break until a couple of weeks ago. Wafting through appointments, disappointments, excitements and dreams, I was suddenly struck by damn throat infection. The infection got me bed ridden for a week. Unable to power on my Mac for a week, I was kind of eager to switch it on to write a few lines of deadly code (Yeah, I do write multilingual deadly code snippets) and check out the notifications on Facebook. Social networking sites have become such an integral part of my life that I don’t hesitate to pick up my aeons old Nokia phone ( According to latest statistics only four people are using this particular model of mobile phone) and try to open Facebook on Opera 4.0, the oldest version of Opera currently alive on a mobile phone. Phew! we engineers don’t stop at anything when it comes to checking FB notifications and ….

My sweet feverish break forced me to visit hospitals, which I found to be an altogether different world. Following are some of the observations about the hospitals:

  • When two patients meet, they show concern for each other’s health.

  • Doctors are very considerate of the patients. I don’t have words to explain how much do I like doctors.

  • Some patients are extremely talkative, while others keep their worries for themselves.

  • Some patients eat a lot when they fall ill, especially when they are diabetic.

  • Doctors are like gods. People, irrespective of their status, show them gratitude by folding their hands together, standing up, giving a wry grin of hope or acknowledging a doctors presence in some way.

  • When doctors make rounds in the wards, it is an incredible march of faith in gods and doctors. Everybody looks up to them with hope and trust.

  • Many people become weak when they face pain. They cry; they scream; but, in the end, they have to suffer for themselves. The sooner people understand it the better they are prepared for life.

  • Sisters are essential to the working of a hospital. They actually make the patients feel that they are being cared.

I also picked up the most talked about non fiction book The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee. The book talks about the the biography of Cancer, the disease. You may be terrified as you read the book, but, trust me, the book is worth a read. The human spirit never acknowledges defeat. Same goes with the surgeons, who gave up their life in finding a cure for Cancer. Cancer is

 “Omnis cellula e cellula (“every cell originates from another existing cell like it.”) ad infinitum.”

 Now listening to Abhi Na Jao Chor Kar from Hum Dono starring Dev Anand and Nanda.



Run, Play and Work (not necessarily in that order)

Running gives you a chance to challenge yourself at every moment when your mind tries to stop you, but your heart says, ‘don’t quit, finish line is close’. Interestingly, heart always wins the fight.

TCS Open 10k was actually more inspiring than Sunfeast Open 10k, 2010. Words of encouragement from the bystanders, occasional music, sound of the shoes drumming the streets, and Bose DK made TCS 10k memorable. A big shout out to all the people, who participated in the wheelchair event. It was truly inspiring to see them driving the wheelchairs to the finish line with great zeal. When it becomes difficult to carry your own weight, it indeed takes extreme courage to carry your friend along with you. I hope to continue participating in running events.

MobStac won Businessworld’s Hottest Young Entrepreneur Award for 2011. MobStac is rated as the hottest young Indian startup. After two years of hard work, MobStac has come into the limelight. While the Captains, Ravi and Sharat, did an incredible job of steering MobStac to the right path, the technical team, Shivansh and Bhashkar, left no stone unturned in making sure that everything works beyond a publisher’s expectations. We have got an awesome team of interns, Nayan, Sameer, Paranjay, Kushagra, Phalgun and Sahana, who are contributing to the completion of several critical projects.

(L to R) Ravish, Shivansh, Paranjay, Sharat, Ravi, Nayan, Bhashkar, Sameer, Kushagra

Although I have worked with very smart people, team MobStac has something that is more than smartness. I call it the sense of belongingness. We hope to grow by leaps and bounds in the next twelve months. Wish us luck, guys. Mobstac turns two tomorrow. I wish MobStac many happy returns of the day.

My day never completes without a couple of badminton matches. The sport is teaching me to keep patience when the plans go awry. I play well sometimes, screw up badly on some other days. But, I am learning to become more patient with each passing day. There are people who are always calm, irrespective of how their partner performs. They give their best effort, which is what truly matters. I want to be like a duck, who stays calm on the surface but paddles like hell underneath. And, sport is teaching me exactly that. I think everybody should take up at least one sport. It will not only help you to feel good about yourself, but also build your character.