I was a brand new third-year medical student and I was about to start a clinical posting in Ophthalmology. Being mildly curious and wishing to be prepared with what I’d encounter in the wards, I walked into the library and picked out a textbook of ophthalmology.
At first touch, an electric tingle began
A Princess in love with a Bollywood Superstar
Saketh Rao aka SR, India’s latest Bollywood heartthrob, has bagged the role of a lifetime: to play Hari Varman, the doomed royal scion.
When he arrives at Sravanapura Palace with his director friend Rajeev Ratnam, little does he know that his life is about to change forever!
Princess Kritika is overjoyed that Saketh Rao will play the role of her ancestor. But when she comes face to face with the arrogant superstar she is determined to scuttle the project.
Fate, however, has different plans for them. The feisty couple is soon head over heels in love with each other.
As they uncover the secrets of Hari Varman’s life, Saketh makes a discovery that can rip them apart and their new-found love.
Will the secrets and lies of the past deny them a future together? Or will they overcome the obstacles to true love?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Anton Chekov, and Somerset Maugham.
More recently – Khaled Hosseini, Atul Gawande, and Abraham Verghese.
History bears testimony to the fact that revered physicians have been great writers.
Mythology, too, tells of Apollo, Athene and others, who were gods of medicine and of poetry.
Is it a happy accident?
Decidedly NOT, say Tony Miksanek, Andrea Crawford, and David Hellerstein.
Physician writers themselves, they believe that the two abilities, writing fiction and practicing medicine, are inextricably linked.
Susan Palmquist: One think I encourage my students to do is become a book reviewer. It not only helps you figure out what makes a story work (or not work), but it also lets you see who’s publishing what and where your story might fit into the current market.
Today’s guest blogger has some great tips on how not to review a book…
Reet Singh: This post assumes that you are one of the precious few who write – or plan to write – reviews of the books you’ve read. I love you already!
A book is not just about the plot and the syntax and the characters, it is also the toil and sweat and blood of the author, so it’s always a great idea to let the author know what you like about their story. And also what you don’t like, but be aware that nobody writes a horrible story on purpose, so be gentle.
I knew this would change everything – but I just stood there transfixed – I felt helpless.
It was a weird, out-of-control, out-of-body experience, with my brain screaming away at me to do something.
I couldn’t – I just watched, and waited…..
What are you waiting for? Do something, you idiot!