The Intern’s Deal – by Jayesh

The hands were a bit sweaty, but they usually were. They are sweaty throughout the year.

Yet, the gait retained its swagger that only a Hospital Intern could pull off. His gaze went up at the speck of blue sky in his line of sight as he gazed up at the New O. P. D. building that had risen from the old, darn bones of a mortuary, so many years back. The entrance was busy as usual at this time of the morning and men, women and children dredged their persons up the stairs, some scared, some with an air of finality and some with ease developed due to habit and familiarity. There was also a constant flux of white apron-draped, irritated, breathing in the busy air around their head and hurrying doctors, first-year residents usually, while those with a more confident attitude were the interns and the final-year residents, both having seen, breathed and accepted the New Hospital environment.

They knew the place and the place knew them.

Wearing a formal, checkered shirt and brown jeans with a black belt, with a worn yet clean apron placed casually on his left arm and an old college backpack slung on his right shoulder, the Intern climbed up the familiar steps, while cleaning up his glasses using a handkerchief. Blowing the dust from the glasses, he put them back on and gave a lazy smile to himself while he wiped his slightly sweaty hands on his jeans, readying himself for a showdown.

For a showdown, it had to be.

The exams were approaching and the posting-of-the month was the heaviest and the most important of all the Internship Training Postings. In this background, he was determined to get away with the bare minimum work possible so as to get enough time to study.

Yup, Medicine Posting will have to be compromised.

The place had shifted from the last time he had the need to visit the Medicine O. P. D. and that was about two months ago. The old O. P. D. building was too congested and had an air of uncomfortable incompleteness that had always made him feel that the patients were getting inadequate attention.

He hoped the new O. P. D. was more spacious and airy.

It was the last thing on his mind, though and he was concentrating more on the meeting that had to take place in a few minutes from now.

Reaching the first floor by the stairs near the entry door, he made his way to the Medicine O. P. D. in front of him, observing the people around him. No one paid the slightest interest in him, which suited him at the moment. Entering his destination, he saw that the waiting area was full and there were too many rooms than he had expected. He couldn’t care which room to go, though; he just wanted to avoid one particular room where the one particular final-year resident he wished to avoid was placed. Locating the nurse’s station, he made his way there and asked of one, “Howdy! Good Morning, Staffie! Would’ya happen to know where Dr. House or Dr. Wilson will be safely seated in their warm chairs looking at patients, them being final year residents’ an’all that shit?”

Now, the nurses or ‘Staffies’ and ‘Sisters’ as they are much preferred to be called as, are a tough bunch and will not tolerate your nonsense. You go up on the wrong side of one and you will be paying the shit out of your piece of mind for the rest of your posting. Everyone knew to keep their tones polite, respectful and friendly with the nurses and your workplace will be all the more peaceful.

The Staff Nurse looked at the Intern with a critical eye and responded with a shrug, “Well stranger, I hain’t a clue as to where yer Dr. Registrars will be at, except for one of ’em rooms to the right and to the left, one being for the Ladies and the other for the Gentlemen with ailments that need looking-to. I am new here, too and I now need to have my cuppa to get through my day, so if you hain’t got anything more to say, I suggest you be a gentleman and make yer way to the right or to the left and inquire of yer them Dr. Registrars!”

She sat down and gave no more mind to the Intern, who was not surprised by the failed inquiry. He knew this place too well.

Knowing that he was out on his own now, he gave a final look at the room and went to the male O. P. D.

He peered inside and saw two residents looking at patients. One of them was definitely a Registrar, better groomed, more fresh and with an air of authority while the other was a First-year, more shabbily dressed, irritated, tired-looking and more subdued. Tired of the wait, he pushed himself inside the room and made his way to the Registrar.

He hoped it wasn’t Dr. House, whom he wanted to avoid. The word was that he was more intolerant of interns.

He stood in front of the Registrar and said, “Howdy!”

The Registrar looked up, startled.

The Intern smiled and looking him in the eye, said, ‘It would please ya’ all to know that I am the new Intern posted in your Unit, as of today and I will be rendering my services to this Unit for a period of one month.”

The Registrar took a moment to digest this information. Then asked, “Yer doin’ this posting, then?”

The Intern smiled and made his way to the chair next to the First-year Houseman and said to him, “Howdy!”

The Houseman looked up at the Intern. He opened his mouth to respond but shut it again. He then asked, “Yer doin’ this posting, then?”

The Intern sat carefully on the chair, kept the bag down and got comfortable, before allowing himself the luxury to speak.

“Well, sirs, I am not usually one to shirk work an ‘all, but in light of this annual predicament that Interns face this time of the year, which ya’ll would know due to the fact ya’ll fine gentlemen were ones yerself, not so long ago, too, if I may remind ya. In light of such a situation, it would be most appropriate for me to inform ya that I intend to do only the emergency and the post-emergency days and that too, at the cost of my two fine and bright sunny working days per week, I must say.”

The Intern then gazed expectantly at the two residents.

They looked at him in a daze.

The Houseman recovered first and said, “Now lookey-‘ere, kid. Ye can’t barge in here and come all cocky and tell us what ye can do and what ye can’t do. That’s fer us to decide, kid!”

The Registrar nodded in agreement. “You don’t set the rules here, kid. We do.”

The Intern then asked, “Well, let’s hear what y’all think how I should carry on with my this here posting.”

The Registrar looked at the Houseman and the Houseman winked and said, smiling, “Kid, you are gonna do us those pre-emergencies, emergencies, post-emergencies and co-emergencies. And not a day less.”

The grin on the Registrar’s face said it all.

The Intern looked at the tip of his brown shoes then looked dead in the eyes of the Registrar. He smiled and said, “Sorry to disappoint you folks, but I ain’t doin’ nothing beyond emergencies and post-emergencies and you darn well better accept it.”

The silence that followed was like that after a crack of a whip.

The patients in the room began to slip away. They realized that things were going to get real ugly, real fast….

The Residents looked at the Intern furiously.

The Registrar got up and shouted, “Listen ye, kid! I have been dealin’ with young cocky fools of Interns like ye fer the last three years! Ye gonna do every darn day of the week that we listed in front of yer false, fat nose and ye gonna do it real quietly. I ain’t gonna take any shit from ye, city boy! I am the Senior Resident of this Unit and yer just an Intern posted here. Ye will work under me and not with me. This Unit ain’t big enough fer the both of us.”

It was the Intern’s turn to speak.

He pushed the chair behind, lifted his white-washed apron, slung his backpack and got up. In a calm but even tone and still looking dead in the Registrar’s eyes he said, “I ain’t doing any shit beyond emergencies and post-emergencies. Y’all require an Intern in the E. M. S. to save your behinds and stop yerselves from crying like li’l lost girls in the middle of a zoo with broken cages and no guards. I ain’t gonna waste three days of my every week of this here posting on ye God-forgotten fools like yerselves. I am stating my final offer, take it and let’s sit down like gentlemen or all y’all gonna see is my arse and I ain’t coming back!”

Saying so, he began making his way towards the door.

The coin was flung in the air. Now, all one had to look at was how it was going to fall. Heads or Tails.

The Intern had not taken two steps forward, when someone cried, “Stop! Where d’ya think ye are going?”

The Intern looked back at them and said, “I have said my piece, gentlemen and I think y’all have said yers. I ain’t interested in fighting ye over it. Too much blood has been spilled for lesser reasons and I ain’t gonna contribute to this stubborn stupidity anymore. Either take it or lose it, but remember, once I am through that door, I ain’t ever comin’ back and y’all be spending one month in the E. M. S., all alone….”

The Intern turned back but before he could take another step forward, the Registrar said, “Alright, kid. No need to threaten us all like that.”

The Registrar looked defeated. He looked at the Intern and said, “Ye can have those darn emergencies and post-emergencies only. Just don’t disappear when ye ain’t supposed to, while here. Now sit ‘ere and look at some patients.”

The Intern swaggered his way to the chair and placed his arse on it. “Thank Ye, kind sirs. I am looking much forward to working with y’all for the month.”

With the showdown over, he called in his first patient.

2011 GR Blog Awards – Winners Announced!

In Early November, I challenged you al to nominate your favorite Blogs and Blog Posts.

And in typical fashion, you all came through with style!

It’s because of all of you that today’s winners are announced.  Many of them I am also an avid reader of but a few new blogs were pointed out to me (and have been since added to my links list).

There were two categories that needed to have Honorable Mentions as they missed winning by one point and in both instances they were ties!  For Best Blog and Runner Up, I have included the most touching comment that came in for the winner of each group.

The Award Badge for each class can be found beneath the winner’s Title and Website Address.  Please feel free to either copy the picture from my page, link to it or email me should you want the original JPG.  I will try to send some of these out by email tomorrow, however I do not have the email address for every winner.

So hearty Congratulations to the Winners of the 2011 Gori Rajkumari Blog Awards!

So, without further ado, I give you the winners and their site badges!

Best Blog for 2011

Best Blog for 2011:  The Big Bad Blonde Bahu

http://bigbadblondebahu.blogspot.com/

I have nominated her because she shared a deeply personal and truly difficult (and long-term) experience with us all and remained so much more witty and positive then I could ever imagine myself being.  She truly deserves Best Blog for 2011.

Runner Up for Best Blog 2011: Lucky Fatima

http://luckyfatima.wordpress.com/

Her style of writing and topics notwithstanding, but it’s also her ability to express an issue or topic in a story format which is intriguing, fascinating and profound (while sometimes being very funny).  I cannot pick just one of her posts because they are ALL good.  Therefore, I nominate her for Best Blog 2011.

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Best Blog Category for 2011

Most Diverse Blog:  Nepaliaustralian

http://nepaliaustralian.wordpress.com/

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Best International Blog:  Delhi Bound

http://www.delhibound.com/

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Most Entertaining/Humorous:  Neo Indian

http://neoindian.org/

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Best Recipes or Instructional Cooking:  What’s For Lunch Honey?

http://www.whatsforlunchhoney.net/

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Best Blog on Intercultural Relationships:  Musings from an American-Nepali Household

http://americanepali.wordpress.com/

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Best New Blog category:  nepali jiwan

http://nepalijiwan.wordpress.com/

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Best Culturally Informative Blog:  Diary of a White Indian Housewife

http://www.whiteindianhousewife.com/

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Most Educational:  The Life and Times of an Indian Homemaker

http://indianhomemaker.wordpress.com/

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Best Personal Blog:  Kay in India

http://www.kayinindia.blogspot.com/

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The Awards for Blog Posts

Most Moving or Profound Blog Post:  Scrumptious Weekends

http://scrumptiousweekends.wordpress.com/to-my-daughter/

Most Educational Blog Post:  Diary of a White Indian Housewife

http://www.whiteindianhousewife.com/2011/04/introducing-the-typical-indian-kitchen/

Most Witty Blog Post:  An Indian’s take on Desi and Videsi Influences

http://desigirlinvides.blogspot.com/2011/09/life-of-it-wife.html

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Honorable Mentions

Most Witty Honorable Mentions

http://meengma.wordpress.com/

http://queenofthesuburbs.blogspot.com/

Best New Blog Honorable Mentions

http://crossingoverindianstyle.com/

http://tashsn.wordpress.com/

© Gori Rajkumari 2011

2011 Blog Awards – 2 More Days to Enter

© Gori Rajkumari 2011

 

Only two days left to nominate your favorite blogs or blog posts!

I’ve gotten a lot of recommendations, so be sure to get a chance to vote yours in.  The winner for each category will be the one with the most recommendation.

See my original blog post here for category’s.

So be sure to send me an email at GoriRajkumari@gmail.com with your vote!

PS:  Yes, you can vote for your own post or blog!  😉

2011 Blog Awards!

© Gori Rajkumar 2011

It’s been an eventful year!

I’ve had a hard time keeping up with all the blogs that I enjoy reading and I know many of you feel the same way!

So many of these blogs bring joy, thoughtfulness, information, views, ideas, and hilarity into our lives on a daily (for those of us that blog more often than I do) basis.  They give us the real life insights that are often neglected or not espoused.  They make us laugh and cry.

In honor of these blogs, I am sponsoring an Award Event for the following categories:

  1. Best Blog for 2011 – This can be for any class of writing, whether it be fiction or not, the blog needs to be the most interesting, informative, creative or educational.
  2. Runner Up for Best Blog 2011 – Same as above.
  3. Best New Blog
  4. Most Diverse Blog
  5. Best International Blog – giving views on experiences from cultures other than their own.
  6. Best Recipes or Instructional Cooking – I LOVE Food.
  7. Best Personal Blog
  8. Best Culturally Informative Blog
  9. Best Blog on Intercultural Relationships
  10. Most Entertaining/Humorous

I’m also going to give awards for personal blog posts, which are:

  1. Most Moving or Profound
  2. Most Educational
  3. Most Witty

I’ll be giving out badges for each category that I’ve made and that can be put on your blog/website.

Entry’s need to be submitted by December 5th and Winners will be announced on December 15th.  Please send the name of the blog and URL that you wish to enter as well as for which category it belongs to.

Send your entry information to:  Gorirajkumari@gmail.com

If you know the email address of the blog that you are submitting, please give that too so that I may contact them should they win.

You may, of course, submit your own blog!  😉

So who are you going to nominate?

© Gori Rajkumar 2011

Change of Address!

No, Bear and I are not physically moving.

© Rainbow Stamp Club

But Gori Rajkumari is!

Kinda.

Right now, the Username and Web Address of this blog is listed under Auroracoda.

While I like that name (hence the reason why I picked it when I was surfing the net for names), I find that it doesn’t connect with anything else here at Gori Rajkumari.  When I chose it, I was just looking for something interesting to use and since I hadn’t come up with the name of the blog yet, I used Auroracoda (sorry to the people who used it first).

So, now, I am going to be changing the username and web address for this blog to Gori Rajkumari

I’ll be doing this change right now.  I’m not sure if you will need to relink to my blog or re-up for the RSS feed.  None of that is mentioned in the change site.  Only that my Gravatar and Debate links will be affected.

It’s because of this that I am sending posting this before I make the change so I can be sure that at least the RSS feed will update for those people and for those getting my posts in Google reader.

Sorry for any confusion, but I felt that this would make things easier and cleaner.

SO….come and join me over at our new address of:  https://gorirajkumari.wordpress.com/!!!!!!!

© Gori Rajkumari

Central Virginia Seismic Zone Responsible For Damaging US Earthquake

Daily weather forecasts, views and news from Ireland

via Central Virginia Seismic Zone Responsible For Damaging US Earthquake.

And the message I got from my Father to let me know he was alright?

‎”Mr Brilliance” handled the earth quake with my usual high level of Competence. While checking to see what was making the refrigerator shake and rattle I discovered it was the whole house that was shaking and rattling.

Message from California born and raised Mom?

Just wanted you to know that we are fine.  There was an earthquake in Virginia today – 5.9.  I was in the dentist’s chair and was the only one there who knew what was happening!

Gotta love my parents. 🙂

Hope everyone else’s friends and loved one’s living on the east coast are doing just as well!