Not So Productive…

Why is there this need persistent To maintain productivity constant To fill each waking minute, each hour With some activity- to make me feel empowered As if what I do alone constitutes my existence Why does my mind give me such resistance To the idea of being idle and staring into space Is it societal […]

Accent

To your ears, foreign sounds my accent You have difficulty understanding me to some extent I get it, and I wish you would simply ask me To speak more slowly and deliberately English is not my first language Some sounds I find harder to enunciate The way you do, but believe me when I say […]

Worth

“Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy.” Wayne Dyer I wonder now but why on earth Was I looking for self-worth Outside of me, in others’ eyes? I did not even care if they were lies Sugarcoated to sound cloying to my willing ears To drown the noise of my innermost […]

The beautiful female protagonist

            As an avid reader, there is something I have found That continues to bother me, in a way quite profound- The female lead in nearly every story Is a beautiful woman, no matter who she might be She might have qualities in every realm, but still She is usually […]

Oh what a year!

How did the year 2020 become A series of never-ending conundrums? There is nothing right about any decision Nothing wrong either, there is no precision There is a Schrodinger cat everywhere Uncertainty is the only constant, beware! Where can we go, who can we meet? Planning daily life is no ordinary feat Webinars, zoom meetings, […]

The strokes of my pen

I pen my thoughts using strokes quite different From each other- from writing in patient charts meant To document my impressions of their illnesses and treatment, To writing for medical journals where I present Scientific information in a form concise- In both these realms, I am expected to be precise Conform to standards and accepted […]

Choice

Do I, in the matter at hand, have a choice? This is the question asked by my voice At every step of my journey through life’s highway Somehow that voice always seemed to say That I did not have the luxury to choose- There was one way forward, if I did not want to lose […]

The burden of choice

I live in a place with choices abundant… Such that picking favorite objects seems redundant Any kind of food, any cuisine that I fancy I can have, it is readily available to me From decadent desserts to low sugar substitutes I can pick healthy food and satisfy my taste buds too But then there are […]

Tell me your story…

(I was fascinated by the concept of the Human Library. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia about them: The Human Library is an international organization and movement that first started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000. It aims to address people’s prejudices by helping them to talk to those they would not normally meet. The organisation […]

My silver lining as a physician

Some days my work feels thankless Despite my best efforts I confess There are days when nothing goes right Patients don’t get better despite our efforts to fight Their disease together, sometimes they’re upset Then I retrace my steps, sometimes I regret What I did and what I said I should have chosen a different […]

Control in the pandemic

  A self-confessed control freak am I Feeling out of control destabilizes me, I will not lie Just when I thought I had life within my grasp The virus came to engulf the world in its clasp And all my sense of control went spiraling down Suddenly I was surrounded by fear profound… * Like […]

Pandemic FOMO

This pandemic and lockdowns have created an urge To explore creative endeavors, and led to a surge Of people sharing on social media their creations The latest fad is to share your newfound obsessions A sudden plethora of videos and stills Have my social media feeds filled Bored as I am, now the fear of […]