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>> Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ramadan is a totally different kind of life here.The day turns around.People sleep in the day time and work at night.It takes time to get adjusted to this change,and by the time you do that, it is over.

Our clinic timings had changed.We worked from morning till one in afternoon and then from eight at night to eleven.Weird timing for a clinic,isn't it?
And today Muslims across the world celebrates Eid. All the good wishes of the season to all.Heaven's choicest blessings be showered on to you all!

Life in the Arab world is different during Ramadan month.The super markets get busier and start stocking food supplies for weeks ahead of the month.Fruits are imported from all over the world.My friends tell me that targets for all sales managers are kept at thrice the average of the usual months.The first thing you notice when you enter any super market is the stacked up food.People fill their car trunks with loads of food material.I find it a paradox and cannot understand why they have to buy so much more when they fast! They probably might be giving to others.Roads are deserted during day time and bustles all through the night.

I had little time to come to the internet.Some old friends used to peep in at my blog to see if I were around.Hepzibah ( NRI girl) was regular at it.She asks “ Hello,any one at home?”It was good to see there are friends who spend time at that.Anil ( Musings) sent regular mails.Balan ( My travels,my life) kept contact as usual.Nasrin gets worried and calls me every time if she doesn't see a new post.

It is difficult to continue writing at all times.As I had written once,the common problem is thaweet Nursing Home't people run out of subjects to write.Well,if we keep to the initial purpose of blogging ( it was supposed to be a daily web log of the sort,where you can write about anything in your daily life.I had seen earlier bloggers who used to write few sentences like "today I went shopping... My little girl is sick and I am taking her to the doctor” and the like. Times have changed and the blog has evolved in to something totally different.

(A social worker’s blog) Doris Plaster sent me a signed copy of her book ' Home Sweet nursing Home'. I felt so happy that she thought of doing it.Some time back,I had suggested to her that she make a compilation of her anecdotes and make them in to a book.And she did it.It is happy to see a fellow blogger becoming a writer,and good at it.She has collected events from her daily life and made them in to wonderful stories in less than fifty words.But each of those small incidents are insights in to human life.If you haven't seen her blog,now is the time to do that.You will be enriched.

There was nothing more worth mentioning. I am getting adjusted to the change of job, but it is not that easy.And I realize the oft written phrase,” there is no perfect situation in life”.

Balan asked me about the quote I had placed at the top of my blog.He felt it applied to his life the way I thought it did to my life. For most of us,at the end,life is like that.Regrets about things we could have done and failed to do.

Life is like that.


Keats The Sunshine Girl August 31, 2011 at 12:14 AM  

Glad Heartbeats is back! Settling into a new job and place takes time.Good to know you're adjusting comfortably. I'm a follower of Doris Plaster and she certainly has great nuggets of stories to share and enrich our lives.

Bikramjit August 31, 2011 at 2:36 AM  

SO true , we have made some lovely friends over the blog over time .. When we go amiss they get worried..

Good ot see you back Take care sir. it does get difficult to keep wriitng , other things take priority .. I was away too for a long time will write about it and some people cared to enquire ..

blogging has been good to me


Renu August 31, 2011 at 3:56 AM  

everybody goes away from the blog time to time , but what is important is coming back:)

NRIGirl August 31, 2011 at 4:39 AM  

Welcome back @Doc! So good to see you. I am all smiles...

Rachna August 31, 2011 at 4:43 AM  

Nice to have you back and to hear about small bits of information that you shared.

Rachit August 31, 2011 at 6:28 AM  

A perfect quote to end the post.. and yeah festivals are only for the rich ones.. Eid Mubarak:)

Weakest LINK

Meera Sundararajan August 31, 2011 at 6:41 AM  

It is nice to see you back Doctor. Missed your blog an dyour insightful posts. I can understand about Ramzan timings a little bit because I grew up in Hyderabad where many shops in certain parts of town remain closed throughout the day opening only after sundown. Wish you a very happy Eid and looking forward to more posts from you.

Harman August 31, 2011 at 3:09 PM  

nice to see you back...And doc ...its been long we read anything from ur side ...Festival are kind of celebrations and in away to keep in touch with our dear ones.
keep writing..Looking forward...

anilkurup August 31, 2011 at 8:42 PM  

Oops at long last you found time to be back!
"Man is what he makes about himself", yes and at the end it is only regrets of missed opportunities as you put it on top.

Is there some thing that is not a paradox and not weird here among this lot of people. Paradox of some kind and may baffle a dietitian like it does me, that one month of religious, rigorous fasting does not make these people shed weight,. On the contrary they walk around bloated!!!

Insignia September 1, 2011 at 1:10 AM  

I was wondering about your presence - could be work or writer's block. It seems its both.

Balachandran V September 1, 2011 at 8:07 AM  

Good to see you back, DOc! I am trying to settle down at Alappuzha - no net connection, which means lesser posts and peeks!

A September 1, 2011 at 8:50 AM  

Nice to see you back. Welcome back.

Stranger September 1, 2011 at 12:54 PM  

Glad you are back...yeah Ramadan over...missing the short working hours...;)

dr.antony September 2, 2011 at 12:56 PM  

Nice to see you all !It is like coming home after a trip!
I missed all of you and the blogs. I will catch up. Thanks for all the good wishes.

dr.antony September 2, 2011 at 12:59 PM  

Nice to see you all !It is like coming home after a trip!
I missed all of you and the blogs. I will catch up. Thanks for all the good wishes.

Happy Kitten September 5, 2011 at 4:58 AM  

Ramadan is over and the school vacation too..

great to go through one of my favourite blog after my vacation...

Didnt know that you were taking a break too...

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog October 3, 2011 at 4:04 PM  

Welcome back, Dr. A!!!

Thanks for your kind comments.

Blessings, many blessings.


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