Deadlines -Bane or Boon?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In Due Time.”

In Due Time

What’s your next, most pressing deadline? Are you excited, stressed, or ambivalent about it? What’s the first thing you’d like to do once you’re done with it?


Life is a series of deadlines for most of us. From homework and assignments in childhood to deadlines at work as well as home are more the norm than the exception…

I am generally not very stressed by deadlines – in a way I welcome them to a certain extent, because I  feel it “inspires” me to do my best.. As i often say, a wee bit of Adrenaline is always good for the task at hand!!

I found this particularly true when I had to give exams. I was /am unfazed by exams. And I noticed that I did better when I was slightly anxious about the outcome rather than too “cool” about the whole thing. There was an ad those days about Kelvinator being “the coolest one” and I was often called Kelvinator!

One deadline I grapple with almost everyday (and lose off and on ! )  is the morning rush. I need to wake up in time  for a walk at 5.30 which means that I have to be up at 5 – this usually after putting away my laptop at 1 am!!  My daughter leaves at 6.30 am.. and I usually hand around her till she leaves. Breakfast is at 7.15 and I plan to be out of the door by 7.30 so as to reach the hospital at 8. As a friend used to say, I sometimes get out at 8.05 and try to reach the hospital by 8am!!!

My speciality is a series of deadlines from everyday work to the natural outcome of each patient. the daily deadlines helps me deal with deadlines in general with a calmer and cooler mind, I guess.

My nearest deadline is to write this post in 10 minutes and hook it to the magical grid that is back in our lives. Thank you, WordPress!

Done! Cheers!


Made It!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Make It Anywhere.”


I guess for this post I have  no option  but to turn

To a place in time when there seemed to be no return

One in hand, one inside, as from patients and books

I learned to learn – the scorching pace, the tired looks

The hurried days, the ” all-nighters”, the missing meals

 Deadlines to meet, the travails and yes laughter peals

As I gladly  put  my aching  head to a  soft pillow

I would suddenly sit up and think a thought, mellow.


Had I felt the life inside today

Had I counted the kicks or

Had the hectic day robbed me 

Of savoring life that was going to be!

That made me think ever so often

“If I could make it here 

I’ll make it anywhere”

At last the day did come when

In my arms was a precious one

And a few days, nay, weeks later

A very  precious sheet of paper!!

My daughter born on 05 Oct 1998
My daughter born on 05 Oct 1998
My MD Certificate  1998
My MD Certificate 1998

If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” goes the famous song about New York City. Is there a place — a city, a school, a company — about which you think (or thought) the same? Tell us why, and if you ever tried to prove that claim.

A Small Win!!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Winning Streak.”

What’s the longest stretch you’ve ever pulled off of posting daily to your blog? What did you learn about blogging through that achievement, and what made you break the streak?

I have been posting almost daily for more than 2 months now, but it was the NaBloPoMo that has made me post regularly to my blog for the past 30 days at a stretch.

In reality, I have not been able to understand the importance of the daily blogging habit. Well I enjoy writing and so I do not mind doing it but why should it be a must ?  I have taken the #100happydays challenge as well and that has made it easy to post everyday too.  When I have something to say or share, I  enjoy doing that. The Daily Post has given me  adequate inspiration or I have interpreted the prompts in my own way.

Continue reading

Determination , Where art thou?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Grateful and Guilty.”

Whether it’s a trashy TV show, extra-pulpy fiction, or nutrient-free candy, write a thank-you note to your guiltiest guilty pleasure.


Oh well, There are so many “guilty pleasures”  that I honestly do not know where to start !!

Having said that, I guess the worst of them is being addicted to snacks and sweets. I had taken the trouble to understand and stick to a diet and maintain an exercise regime  in early 2013. In the space of 6 months I lost almost 13 kgs. It was an achievement as far as I was concerned. And I was proud of it. The dedication and motivation involved,  added to the fact that I was happy with the way I looked and felt,  made me stop as I reached for the twin culprits. I kept the weight constant for another 6 months.My friends and family often told me they liked the plumper me but I was sure I liked the leaner one!!

Continue reading


<a href=”http://Envelope Pushers“>Achievement: Have you just run 26.2 miles, finished a long-term project, or met a personal goal? This week, show us an achievement.

Also In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Envelope Pushers.”

Drew a blank on the grid yesterday so am Linking it to todays post In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Calling Uncle Bob.” 

The event I am going to talk about is one that is a little old.

It was the time I was doing my MD in Obs and Gyn .  My daughter was born by Cesarean Section  just a few weeks before my university  exam. Let me assure you doing the rather strenuous MD course during my pregnancy, was not a walk in the park.

The surprise was that at the end of it all, I had not only cleared the exam but also managed to ace the University! It was the happiest achievement of my life and so I  also consider it as my biggest achievement. 

I guess I was so paranoid of being unable to handle the extreme pressure , that I really pushed the envelope then.

My daughter born on 05 Oct 1998
My daughter born on 05 Oct 1998
My MD Certificate  1998
My MD Certificate 1998
Rank Certificate for standing 1st at MD exam  from Pune University
Rank Certificate for standing 1st at MD exam from Pune University in Dec 1998

<a href="">Envelope Pushers</a>