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India and Thailand 2013 – Spoils of War

“To the glory that was Greece, and the grandeur that was Rome.” – Edger Allen Poe No better way so summarize the splendid sights of Hampi than to let Old Poe take a stab at it. Such was my overall feeling from the place after a weekend spent there. First, let’s backtrack to about a […]

The Pros and Cons of the Cloud

I’ve grown to like the cloud. Maybe that’s a bit strong, but at least I’ve dampened my previous hostility to it. With better infrastructure and apps, the concept of the cloud has grown at least semi-useful in my life, particularly with respect to minimalism and reducing the number of physical possessions. Tools like online storage […]

India and Thailand 2013 – Plain Jainism

This weekend I headed off to Hassan, a trip that has been long in the planning (and you really do need a month ahead of time to plan to book train tickets). What’s there in Hassan, you ask? Well, nothing much, but it’s a reachable transit destination between Mangalore and Bangalore, with many interesting places […]

India and Thailand 2013 – 3rd Week Clinicals, Little Kids and Viruses

Third week posting is pediatrics. I only took a 4 day session this time because I was still so tired from Nandi Hills on Sunday. So Monday was a relaxing day off to get some work done. Pediatrics follows a similar routine to the other medicine-like specialties. There are so many patients though that students […]

India and Thailand 2013 – Breezing Through Nandi Hills

Saturday was a quiet day as I intended initially to go to Nandi Hills or at least visit some famous temples around town, but was stymied by TATA Docomo’s 3G network being off the whole morning. Fearful of wandering without Google maps directions to the bus system, I instead went to the library to study […]

India and Thailand 2013 – Second Week Blues

Cough cough. That’s the sound I heard all throughout the second week of chest medicine. The pathology here is less diverse than that seen in dermatology, though almost as interesting. Note that when I say less diverse it still means loads more strange and exotic stuff compared to the US. Thankfully, I trained at HCMC […]

India and Thailand 2013 – Maharajas and Mysore

Each weekend brings along a new trip, right? You bet! I had originally planned to do a sedate trip to the nearby Nandi Hills to get myself oriented and to continue adjusting to India. But I met up with a few Germans (they’re everywhere it seems) on my first week living in the same wing […]

On My Own

It certainly feels that way. Recently, I found out that a girl I had a crush on (and went out with a few times) back in undergrad is getting married. While a tiny part of me wishes her joy, the biggest portion is withstanding a torrent of conflicted emotions. There’s a mixture of regret, rekindled […]

The Most Inspirational Figures

Throughout medical school, there were a few inspirational characters that have made a mark on my life and way of thinking. Elizabeth Pisani: I was first exposed when I picked up her book Wisdom of Whores off of Tyler Cowen’s recommendation (he’s surprisingly good for many things, including food advice, book recs, and general econ […]

India and Thailand 2013 – First Week at St. John’s

So I’ve now gotten settled in Bangalore and can kick back to relax a little. The Annexe is a nice accommodation overall, and definitely very reasonably priced considering how high-end a district it’s located in. St. John’s is walled campus that, though surrounded by 4 busy streets, has hardly any noise pollution. It’s truly a […]