We recently had district elections in Maharashtra, and they’re still going on in Uttar Pradesh. This means that jingoistic rhetoric is at an all-time high, and my social media is filled with contradicting opinions and arguments among friends.The newspapers are filled with tragedies and dire warnings. As someone who follows politics regularly, it’s really hard to see the silver lining around the speeches and the tweets.
After a particularly passionate debate over the dinner table last Sunday, I decided to list out and appreciate the small joys of the week; joys that did not depend on who was milking money in the Municipal Corporation for the next four years. These are as follows:
- I played cricket after a really long time. It was amazing to be in a team with people I’d hardly ever talked to over the last three years. It was nostalgic as well and brought back memories of playing with my brothers.
- I had a very, very long day. I attended a lecture at 8 am, then postings at 9, then another lecture after that, and then a 6-hour session on neurology which ended at 10 pm. I was alert and awake for everything without getting crabby! I’m very proud of myself.
- I finally realised what neuroanatomy was about, and was able to clear misconceptions I’d had for three years. I had many ‘a-ha!’ moments. I’m so happy.
- I was examining a patient today, and practising obstetric grips. She was an uneducated woman from a very remote part of Central India, shy and a little intimidated by ‘city people’. My consultant had admitted her as a high-risk pregnancy (she’d already had four miscarriages at the age of 23). She was near term, so it was very easy to understand the lie and presentation of the baby. I told her where the head, buttocks and anterior shoulder of her baby was and made her hear the fetal heart sounds. Her face lit up into a gorgeous smile. I hadn’t really done much, but it made my day.
- I saw THE most adorable puppy on the street today. It was white and fluffy and the happiest, tiniest baby I have ever seen. It was like a bouncy little cloud. At one point, it decided it was going to sit on the road and not go any further, so the owner picked it up like a baby. It burst into excited face-licking and tail-wagging at that so this may have been the plan all along. I was watching from my window. I squealed and ran immediately to my hostel mates so that they could enjoy the puppy too. Then we ooh-ed and aah-ed for half an hour after the puppy was out of sight.
- I travel by train from Mumbai to my parents’ house on weekends. I got a window seat, which was amazing. I had a cool breeze on my face for the entire journey, plus an amazing view of the Sahyadris while they still have some of the green left over from the monsoon and winter. There were three toddlers in my compartment, which I was really tense about, but they were quiet and well-behaved throughout. Also, I got to meet my cats and dogs after a week! I love them. They love me.
It’s been a good week, hasn’t it?