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Twenty-something! Really???

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by aminroop, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. aminroop

    aminroop IL Hall of Fame

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    The most frequent question people ask me when they first meet me is “ which college are you in? “ Actually, I’m lucky if they ask me which college because some people have even asked me what class are you in….like I’m 15! I almost scream out that I’m 24! When I say I’m doing my post-grad in medicine, they look amazed and even ask stupidly…’that means, you are done with your MBBS, is it??’ The worst part is I’m a doctor and even my patients don’t take me seriously. They think even the intern posted in the ward under me is senior to me. Incidentally, the intern is a tall balding guy with a thick mustache and even a few grey strands at the sides. ( I think the bald patch is what that works in his favour. People automatically seem to think he is very wise!)

    And before you can ask, I’ll tell you… NO, I DO NOT use santoor soap. No, Not even godrej hair dye.

    I’m so fed up with this nonsense that I asked my friends for advice on how to look older.

    One friend gave me a once-over look and declared “its your hair-style!” I looked at her quizzically… she said , “your hair-style is too…uh..er…how to put it…too glamorous.”: I was infact flattered. Glamorous! Not bad. But then, that was the idea, because, afterall I had paid 250 bucks for it! But she said it with such distaste that I realized it wasn’t meant as a compliment. But I thought looking glamorous was ‘in’ these days, wasn’t it?. But she clarifies soon enough saying… “ glamour and hospital do not go hand in hand. Patients won’t respect you ! ” Oh…dear!


    Another colleague said, “Maybe you should go in for specs. Glasses will make any person look older.” So, I go specs shopping and have a nice time trying out the different types that they have. Finally I buy a black-rimmed one hoping to look like Preity Zinta in kal-ho-na-ho…serious and all… And the next day I wear it to the hospital. One colleague says… ‘oh..you look sooo cute…!!!” well, ‘cute’ was exactly NOT the look I was hoping to achieve. Another flirtatious colleague said I looked like the ‘private secy’ in some remix video he watched recently and winked! Ahemm…!!! and, that was the last time my specs ever saw day-light.


    Then another colleague suggested that I wear a saree to work. But I vetoed that idea immediately. Because I couldn’t imagine getting up an hour early to drape the saree and then travel on a two-wheeler all the while praying that it doesn’t cum off. As it is I’m quite clumsy, dint want to add on to it by seeming uncomfortable and awkward in a saree. But I must admit, secretly, I did consider that option too. But the only saree I possessed happened to be quite similar to the hospital sweepers’ uniform , that I dint want to take the risk of being mistaken for a sweeper.


    Then a senior colleague took pity on me and said…”what if you don’t look the part, just act the part.” and even gave me a few ‘tips’ that were guaranteed to command respect from patients. These are the tactics that he uses, itseems.

    • keep the talk to a minimum. Stick to grunts and groans as much as possible. If extreeemely unavoidable u may speak in mono-syllables. ( so…that explains why he looked as though it pained him to even speak!)
    • look and feel important all the time. ( thats the secret behind his swollen head! we always thought, with the force of gravity acting, it was a wonder he dint walk upside down!)
    • snap at interns. order your sub-ordinates around if necessary to establish authority. ( how mean!)
    • if anyone has a query, you should always remove your specs thoughtfully and keep the answer as short as possible…preferably, just one sentence. ( ah.. so that’s where the specs come into the picture! That one I have seen in movies too.)
    • just look like you know what you are doing even if you haven’t got a clue. ( keeping your fingers crossed helps too!)
    While, I profusely thanked him for his pearls of wisdom, I don’t think I am upto any of the things he mentioned. I’m just not wired like that.


    So, I’m left with just one other option…which is , to let my work speak for itself, for now.. J Someday I will look the part of a ‘doctor-amma’ too. But when?? is the question.
     
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  2. Raba

    Raba Gold IL'ite

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    I think you should be really happy and proud poorni(If I guessed it right).

    Is that you in the avatar?? thats very beautiful picture.:)

    Even I too faced the same situation few times . (not beautiful but may be undergrown :hide:)

    As you said "let my work speak for itself, for now" , you will be given due respect in some day. Until then , you enjoy the compliments:cheers
     
  3. aminroop

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    yes. you guessed the name right. and it is me in the avatar.

    and thank you.:)
     
  4. nimmimoorthy

    nimmimoorthy Platinum IL'ite

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    hey i had asked u whether its u in the avatar in some other thread.

    u look really beautiful.

    u should really feel proud that you look younger and not worry over it.
     
  5. aminroop

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    hello nimmi,

    thank you.

    and btw you are the first 'friend' i made on IL. never got around to thanking you for the request. thanks.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2010
  6. radsahana

    radsahana Silver IL'ite

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    hi aminroop,


    hahaaaaaaaaaaaa,, very beautiful write up. enjoyed it very much. So god has bestowed beauty with brain:thumbsup . Since u r in 20s u feel to look like older.

    When u will be in 30s u will thanks ur star, that people compliment you asking "U r in which college". Yes since i am in right side of 30s and somebody did ask me which college i am in :rotfl:rotfl ( i am not that beautiful) maybe i have maintained myself, i was toooooooo happy.

    as of now let your work speak for itself. have a great day
     
  7. AbhiSing

    AbhiSing Gold IL'ite

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    Poorni

    Liked your style of writing.And hilarious too.

    Enjoy the limelight..why would you want to change your image. Your patients will respect you for your treatment and many will comeback to get treated by an Young and pretty Doctor-Amma!

    PS: You look very pretty:2thumbsup:
     
  8. aminroop

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    thank you.:)

    true. but right now, its pretty frustrating.:bonk
     
  9. aminroop

    aminroop IL Hall of Fame

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    hope they come back to me.

    thank you.
     
  10. shrikala

    shrikala Senior IL'ite

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    enjoyed the write up doctor paapa :)idea hope your patients dont call you that). hey maybe you should get godrej dye in grey colour :)
     

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