liquid's Blog

If God is watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining.
DECEMBER 22, 2012 6:04AM

The invalid inquisition

The patient had viral diarrhea and vomiting; I wasn't keen on expressing solidarity by sharing his symptoms. This was the first time in nine months that I was entering a patient's room in the capacity of a visitor, not a tremulous third year medical student. Hence, I deemed this social visit… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 9:54PM

Organic opinions

If you clicked on the link hoping to find new organic recipes or the extolation of organicism (it's a neologism, deal with it), then I must disappoint you. But, since you're already here, why not revel in some lexical drivel and medical humour? 

 This post is actually a long time coming.… Read full post »

"Would you be in any way offended if I said that you seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection?" -- Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

I think people have forgotten how to compliment other people. Alternatively, they were not very good to begin… Read full post »

One thing that never ceases to amaze me in medical school is the quality of my colleagues. Simply put, they’re fascinating individuals with diverse pasts and laurels galore. They’re funny, they’re smart, and they’re oddly attractive. No, no, I don’t mean they look odd or… Read full post »

APRIL 28, 2012 8:17AM

Psychiatric Ponderings

I have borderline personality disorder.

Or at least that’s what I thought when I first studied psychiatry in my first year of medical school. In reality, all I had was medical student syndrome: the tendency of medial students to imagine that they have the disease they’re currently studyinRead full post »

APRIL 18, 2012 2:13PM

Encountering reality on the wards

So simple it all seemed: if you suspect that a patient has a small bowel obstruction, you first try to relieve it by placing a tube down the patient’s nose and sucking out the gastrointestinal contents to relieve the pressure instead of being trigger happy with a scalpel (hmm…I’ve… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 7:31AM

Halt Citizen!

A simultaneously pained and irritated cry rang out in Dubai’s dubiously decorated airport: “Sir!”

Before I go any further, I must warn you that this post is merely the whim of a passing hour spent waiting for my flight to board. What follows is markedly deficient in intellectual fib… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2012 3:51PM

Happy Birthday, Dr. Dad!

My dear father, the earth has now completed 57 laps of the sun since you made your presence felt on earth. Being the impecunious medical student that I am, I’m going to attempt some linguistic gymnastics here to weasel my way out of getting you a gift today. 

Papa and me 

Apparently, IRead full post »

JANUARY 2, 2012 11:02AM

A declaration of constipation

Ok, fine, I admit it: I’m constipated. What did you say? That’s too much information? No, no, I didn’t mean to begin the year with a scatological post. Who’d do that? What sort of sicko would bandy the state of their colonic motility on the internet? Hmm.. actually, I would an… Read full post »

I was aghast.

 We go through life taking many things for granted. If, for instance, you were told tomorrow that, despite all the contrary reports in the media, binge alcohol drinking was really the elixir of everlasting youth, your entire abstinent life would flash before your eyes and you&rsqu… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2011 11:25PM

Facebook foolishness

We suck.

 I don’t think a member of my gender has ever proclaimed a more succinct self-indictment. Rumour has it that a male Martian once said “v sck,” which would certainly be more succinct, but I imagine the sentiment is the same.

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Cupcakes are a problem. 

I am constitutionally anti-cupcakes. I don’t particularly like how they taste-- even the ones people swear are gifts from heaven. In fact, I find that the harder confectioners try to make their cupcakes delectable, the more squalid they get, particularly those over… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 11:53AM

The tribulations of the non-effusive man

I have a not-so-secret shortcoming: I am not very good at showing excitement in person.

Over googlechat or facebook chat, I can hide behind exclamation marks and superlatives. Brilliant, terrific, good show, and excellent seem to be my go-tos in this regard. My online correspondent usually sees the ge… Read full post »

The mesmerizing being before me was wearing a simple grey dress, had brushed her long straight hair back, and was looking at me with the curious smile that beautiful women reserve for people named Pranay. Let’s just call her Helen for this evening. Her lips parted and I expected the siren&rsquo… Read full post »

AUGUST 8, 2011 11:10AM

Why I disagree with John Mayer




This is a personal reflection about my work this summer and my last post on this blog. Please excuse the fluctuating volume; this is my first project of this sort. Thanks for following my blog this summer. I'm immensely grateful.


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Her hands were the first thing I noticed. The nails were of many different abnormal shapes. Some were quite dirty. The fingers all curved inwards, incapable of stroking the soft cheek of her grandson or holding a glass of water on a hot summer day in India. Some of the

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JULY 24, 2011 1:01PM

A new type of caste system

“Poor people are usually very uncivil in their behaviour...... they would have hazy scruples, usually resorting to base activities (theft, crime, rape) to get by....Indians seem to be so used to living in low quality surroundings, they have become low quality people..... poor kids have been allRead full post »

JULY 19, 2011 3:12PM

A brown sahib in a bus

The bus starts out empty.


“Pranay, like it or not, you will be a gringo in India.”, Dr. Guerrant warned me. Gringo is the picturesque term that Latin Americans use to describe foreigners to their culture. Personally, I had felt slightly outraged at the suggestion that I, a

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JULY 16, 2011 2:16PM

My brush with big pharma

Disclaimer: This essay documents some extremely disparaging comments made about Indian doctors by a member of the Indian pharmaceutical industry. I do not believe these are entirely objective observations and I definitely don’t believe that they apply to every or even most Indian doct

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JULY 13, 2011 9:58AM

Don't sleep with me (around)



This is a valuable lesson that my kith and kin learned on a drive down from New Delhi to Kumaon last month. The poor blokes hadn’t had much sleep the previous night and Morpheus quickly seduced them. As they gave in to the inescapable beckons of slumber, theyRead full post »

JULY 11, 2011 8:27AM

Fixing Leaks

With my eyes scrunched up and my forehead crinkled, I listened like I had never listened before. The only thing I was aware of, apart from the drop of perspiration slipping slowly down my nose, was the beating of my patient’s heart in my ears. I moved the stethoscope to a

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JULY 5, 2011 3:04AM

Helplessly yours

“Kavalai padadhinga, sari agidum.”

I stumbled over these newly-learned words with obvious difficulty. I doubt I inspired an iota of confidence in the patients I said this to despite the flashy stethoscope slung over my shoulders to assure them that I am a denizen of the medical world. Sh… Read full post »
JULY 2, 2011 8:51AM

Amputations and Asymmetry

I noticed the streams of sweat run down his bare neck and chest as I was squashed between my brother and sister-in-law in the back of a small air-conditioned Hyundai. It was an oddly humid night in New Delhi and he was only wearing a loin cloth. He was younger than… Read full post »

I like good Indian good as much as the next man, but I wouldn’t dare lay claim to the mantle of “foodie”. My cousin, Tim (aka Mullah Omar), on the other hand is never sprightlier than when he’s inventing things in the kitchen and discovering new and frightening cuisines t… Read full post »

Many have extolled the virtues of brushing things under the carpet. Others have been partial to stuffing stuff into closets (skeletons, I hear, are a particular favourite). 


Today, I have a photographic take on this business of out of sight out of mind.


I call it....

Out of focus out of mind … Read full post »