Hello and welcome to my new journey on WordPress here. I am Megha Bhargava- one of the odd 40,000 Medical Interns in India, writing from the National Capital which burns at an excruciating 44 degree Celsius [Can I have some water, please?].
*gulps down thirstily*
A lot of students [more like- their parents] dream to be a Doctor someday. Donning the white apron, a stethoscope around your neck, a fancy pen with your name engraved on it with the much coveted prefix- DR. As we grow older, TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, House MD fill our minds with false notions about how absolutely glamorous this job is. Don’t get me wrong, it sure is. But, it is much more complicated than resolving relationship troubles with your McDreamy.
I announced to almost everyone I knew at the tender age of Four that I’d be a doctor when I grew up [Ah! Kids]. Why? Because I thought doctors had some secret unlimited supply of candies and chocolates. Whenever I used to catch a cold [which was every third week], my father would take me to this plump red faced man called Dr. Ahluwalia [who looked like Ruskin Bond, now that I think of it]. He’d prescribe a sugary syrup and open his magical drawer to give me a candy. And I, would beam with joy.
I did realise that the Unlimited Candy Supply was a false trap as I grew older. Much to my surprise, Dr. Ahluwalia was no Willy Wonka. And it took a lot of blood and sweat to crack the Pre-Medical Exam, clear the Annual Examination and be where I am today. An Intern [cum nurse-cum janitor-cum peon-cum clerk].
The 5.5 years of MBBS- the Indian Medical Degree is filled with stories and incidences that can bring about a smile on your face when you’re low. It also, is frustrating enough to discourage future aspirants from pursuing Medical Science. But, I love this shit.
This blog will be a reflection of my 5 years in Medicine [and the next 6 months left] along with occasional surprises of the blank verses that I write every now and then. So, lo and behold and witness this Doctor in the making. I solemnly swear that I am up to all good [else I’ll be jailed for Medical Malpractice].