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THE YELLOW CANDY

THE YELLOW CANDY

©️ Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker He saw me standing lost in my thoughts, He noticed that I didn’t ask for a coffee today, His old experienced eyes perceived that I was not my usual self, He waited for the moment when I would look at […]

THE EXPERIENCED DOCTOR

THE EXPERIENCED DOCTOR

©️Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker This morning as I was getting ready to go to the hospital, I looked in the mirror and a streak of grey hair caught my attention. I paused for a moment and a bittersweet emotion passed through me. As a doctor, […]

DOWN THE MEMORY LANE

DOWN THE MEMORY LANE

My father is known in the family for his humongous collection of stamps and rare first day covers. All through my childhood, I waited for the day when he would pass this precious collection to his first born child, which is obviously me! Well, as dear as I am to my father, his stamp collection must have been dearer to him, for I am well into my middle age, and the stamps are nowhere near my reach.

So, while I kept eyeing the stamps of my father, I took up another hobby in my childhood, and that was to collect match box covers. A bit of a downgrade when compared to stamps, but I did manage to collect more than 400 different matchbox covers over the years. And today, while surfing the net, I came across the attached picture, and it brought back a flood of memories. Memories of my accomplice who helped me to acquire such a large collection. He would ensure that every matchbox cover that he found on his way to our home would reach me intact. I would wait eagerly every evening to see him in anticipation of adding a new cover to my collection.

Radhe Baba was 85 years old. He was not related to us in any way, but he kind of adopted us as his family. My mother would always save a meal for him, and he seemed to love her cooking. He was the most rocking old man I have ever come across. As a World War two veteran, he received a meager pension from the government off and on and had no worldly possessions. But somehow, he always managed to smoke his bidi and get a new set of dhoti and jacket once in 6 months. Every winter, he would fall terribly sick, and we would worry for his life. Come spring, and he would spring back to life like a lark. Every Republic Day, he would save the packet of laddoos for my sister and me. Somehow, those always tasted better than the ones given to us in school. He was known as the jugaad king. When no one in the city could get a job done, he would get it done by hook or by crook.

My parents relied on him a lot and would leave us home under his watch while they were travelling. And come what may, he would not budge from our main gate until they came back.

Well, life went on. I got into medicine and would visit home twice a year. I loved to see him every time I visited home. It has been more than 25 years now, but he remains etched in my memory forever.

In our lives, we connect with many people who bring a lot of joy to us without any expectations. He was one such person. He had no immediate family, but to us, he was more than family. I don’t have the matchbox collection anymore, nor do I have a picture of his. However, he was a cherished part of my childhood. He indirectly taught me that it takes very little to be happy and lead a content life. All we need is to care a little for each other, and that leaves us with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

©️Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker

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GRATITUDE

GRATITUDE

©️Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker I love sitting around in the surgical lounge for a bit after the surgery is over. It is usually here that we end up meeting our colleagues and have some light banter. We talk about this and that and then get […]

“FOLLOW YOUR HEART”, NO…. “LET THE HEART FOLLOW YOU ❤️”

“FOLLOW YOUR HEART”, NO…. “LET THE HEART FOLLOW YOU ❤️”

©️ Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker “Follow your heart and it will lead you to the right place!” This is the advice that I have been doling out to my colleagues and juniors for as long as I can remember. This has been my own mantra […]

Learn to just be

Learn to just be

LEARN TO JUST BE

Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker

It fills me with wonder when I look at the sky,
Its a beautiful blue as far as I can see with my eye,
Rays of the glowing sun peep through the clouds with silver lining,
And pretty birds soar as high as they can fly in the sky,

The sun, the clouds and the birds, the sky is in love with them all.

I envy you O’ sky because you are so everloving and hopeful that you can….. just be.

It fills me with wonder as I look at the tall mountain,
Who lets the river flow through it and give the gift of life,
To the seed that will grow eventually into a beautiful tree.
The mountain is effortless as it gives space to the river to flow and the tree to grow.

I envy you O’ mountain because you are so magnanimous….you can…. just be……

It fills me with wonder as I look at the tiny flower,
That dares to grow in the bed of grass,
A bright yellow in all its beauty,
Not afraid of being trampled along and crushed by this world,

I envy you O’ flower because you couldn’t care less and you can dare to …..just be…..

It fills me with wonder sometimes when I look at me,
Hope and love are what I want to be,
The gift of life is precious, but sometimes I falter,
And run in this race to get ahead of the unknown.
Life is short, and I need to make an effort to get away from the cacophony and get above the noise,
To find some peace, and learn to ….. just be.

Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker

MY REFLECTIONS ON THE SEASIDE

MY REFLECTIONS ON THE SEASIDE

Endearing is the innocence of childhood that believes in the pure joy of creating castles of sand. Children don’t get demotivated when these castles are washed away by the waves of the sea. It is inspiring to see their enthusiasm about making another one the […]

THE HELPLESSNESS OF THE HELPERS

THE HELPLESSNESS OF THE HELPERS

The recent suicide by Dr. Anoop Krishna, a 35 years old orthopedic surgeon from Kerala brings to fore some very pertinent issues. It takes decades of hard work to achieve a medical degree and many more decades to earn a reputation and goodwill in the […]

A SURGEON’S PRAYER

A SURGEON’S PRAYER

©️ Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker

Dear people, every time I hold a knife in my hand to begin a surgery, I close my eyes and pray….

I pray that I am kind to you, who, lays in front of me, and I am as gentle as I can be,

I pray that my hands dont tremble as they sew, and I cause no pain & suffering to thee,

I pray that I always do right by ye, and dont waver in taking decisions taken by me,

I pray that I use my skills for your service and clarity doesn’t evade me,

I pray that my judgement may never be blurred and I may be blessed to win health from disease,

I pray that I have no fear and I can bring the light of life back from the darkness of death and that I do no harm in the process,

And at the end of it all, I pray that may God almighty give me strength to cope up, if things were not to go our way today.

Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker

DO WE REALLY DETACH OURSELVES?

DO WE REALLY DETACH OURSELVES?

As doctors we confront disease and death on a daily basis. People think that we get used to death and loss over time. Unfortunately that is not true. Although we are advised from the beginning to cultivate detachment, it is not as easy as it […]