Cancer

This is a question that unnerves most physicians- what if the disease that you specialize in treating is the one that ends up afflicting you? Here I have imagined an oncologist (cancer specialist) who gets diagnosed with the cancer that he has devoted his life to understanding and treating. I knew unnerving it would be […]

The Caregiver

As a physician dealing with patients with advanced, often end-stage heart disease, I come across a lot of patients who are receiving excellent care at home by their family members who have sacrificed their personal lives to care for their loved ones. Our team has a support group for caregivers where they share stories about […]

What do they sell?

“There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.” -Phil Libin, Evernote CEO Not long ago when people started a business There was a tangible product to sell for success There would be brick and […]

Decluttered happiness

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein Towards a goal of happiness I tried to evaluate what I did need The answer came to in the form of an epiphany indeed One day as I was trying to go through […]

The Motivational Speaker

Growing up in a world competitive Not enough slack she ever did give Herself, because her mantra throughout Was that patting herself on the back she could do without So she achieved new targets, never stopped to rest Reaching for a goal higher instead ** As time went by without realizing she Developed what appeared […]

The sedentary dreamer

Nothing in the world arouses the envy  Of a competitive soul like me Than seeing people running along the way While I drive to and from work every day I ogle at their calves, beautifully sinewed And the feeling of discontent is renewed Within me- at my apparent inability To run- or exercise, despite lack […]

Scars

“Without my wounds, who was I? my scars were my face, my past was my life.” -Janet Fitch   They  said time heals Gradually you cease to feel Negative emotions with the same intensity The scars fade, your exterior again looks pretty… She latched on to these words when despair Clouded her life- everything seemed […]

The ghats of Varanasi

Swathed in  deep orange light, just before dawn On the ghats of Varanasi she sat alone Played her sitar in precious solitude While the rest of the world she could still exclude A plaintive melody reflective of her mental state A mournful plea to the injustice of her fate At these hallowed ghats she had […]

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  […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]