Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trending on... Stand-up Comedies

I do appreciate stand-up comedies and loved the laughing riot I got into while watching a stand up comedy fwd that I got on WhatsAppp. After a long time, I laughed until my stomach hurt... I don't know too many names of the comedians though... when the three minute video ended i almost hit the Share icon to share the video to friends.. now i have men friends and women friends in my list. Realized that there were mentions in the comedy that i wont want to share it with the men. So let it pass...

Moved on to the next item on the YouTube suggestion list of similar titles. Watched at least seven more videos by different null comedians. Thanks to my profession as a technical writer, as much as words and their usage amaze me, i cannot stand use of unwarranted, ill-fitted, obscene words too often in the name of comedy. I do understand the pun-intended word usage which i admit is okay if the joke is for adults, came out as casual as its meant to be,was intended to be understood, and not laid out to understand!. Sometimes a joke is best when its understood in a moment and becomes obscenely ugly if elaborated!. 

All of the videos i saw today had unwarranted reference to f lettered fliers... why????!!!!.I am tempted to ask people how fluently can they use a word without really fitting it in context??? English is a beautiful language. The popular f lettered word has it roots somewhere and has its own meaningful history. My job demands that i write a sentence, read it, cut out excessive verbiage and give it crisp finish and i do it for every line i write... The only place I don't snip my work is here; this blog space because this is a direct output from my head. Unedited and uncovered version of what I think.

Sense of humor in adult jokes is beautiful and has to be put out neatly without causing discomfort to share.. women in the audience may not be as comfortable as the speaker. Just why does a piece on food, flight, airport, dress is made to sound like an uncomfortably tight garment?!! Now did u like that comparison? But it is still covered up neatly right? Dress Comfortably!!! and that is to say dress up your sentences. Say anything but say it well!!. All of us understand the difference between "Get out" and "Can you please give me some time?" Just like how we try to be as courteous as possible at any office space we must remember that it is important to say things in a presentable manner.

So all i am saying is I appreciate your talent dear stand up comedians, but remember there is still a thin line we like to draw in public between what a woman can handle and what a man can enjoy. I am.sure both appreciate adult jokes that can subtly boost the humor tangent given to a common place topic! Just iron it a little! 

The 1 hour Journey on Lalbagh

Two medical doctors aged 60 plus were my co-passengers today. They travel from Bangalore to kuppam every day to PES medical college where they profess and practice medicine. The 1 hr 15 min journey by Lalbagh express with them radically changed my views about many things in life. They introduced themselves and I was surprised that they travel every day to teach in an institute. I hope to be able to recall and collate what I understood today for the betterment of the willing minds.

When asked about the long travel every day to work in a different state, that too dealing with many surgeries in a row,many lectures back to back, many outpatient interactions once in a while, the lady doctor who is an Anaesthetist says " If you are passionate about your work, you will be able to take all efforts to make it happen".


The topic turned to medical facilities in rural India. I got to know that most people get to come to them after the problem becomes a threat to life or activity because they are not educated. Rural primary health centers are equipped well with all the essentials of a basic health care unit but the junior doctors posted there do not have the experience to treat patients in serious condition. This is an admitted minus they say, along with the expectations that come from the socially reputed individuals who expect preferential care and would not tolerate pain or wait to get cured. Their views " System should change!. Every life is important and needs to be respected just for the fact that its life we are talking about and the social stature does not warrant a difference in treatments".


Coming from IT writing background it was easy to ask them how they handle records and writing in their field. They do not know about technical communication as a profession to even exist. They still do many of their case histories on hand-written mode which is later stored as digital copies but the work involves a lot of talking, understanding, and writing. The doctors seem to know Tamil, Hindi, Arabic, Telugu, Kannada, and of course, they spoke very good English. When asked what is their motivation they immediately said " communication is key to success in our profession.. or as an afterthought, she added anywhere for that matter. We spoke about how the doctors are trained to talk and understand their patient's problems and empathize with their situation and then treat them. I felt deeply about how easy it was for us to under-estimate the medical doctors of today while there were doctors who really do more than they studied about!!...


The talks went to how medical profession changed drastically over the years and then to the students of today who are bothered less about life and more about money... When talking of money the lady s aid " Money is essential for requirements but should not rule our principles and ethics in life - personal or professional". 


When speaking of young doctors and upcoming medicos, the senior citizen doctor said " everywhere honesty is lacking... both in the system and consumer, in every business" and " medicine has become a business too " he added.Five people come together to an operating table for a surgery and only if all the five have the same commitment to see the patient out of her door happy, healthy and sound, will the surgery be truly a success, she says.


When asked about God they said.. we are not Gods. We believe in God and trust that anything done in Good Faith will work fine. The one mishap in a hundred cases is blown up out of proportion in media, making all the doctors trust the various seemingly unnecessary tests more than their own knowledge in medicine.


When they alighted I conveyed my thanks for such a fruitful and active conversation that I have never chanced to have in a long time now. I am writing this piece to share the attitude of the older generation of doctors which according to me does not come from books, but the Upbringing in that generation.


With new opportunities also comes to fear and self-doubt. How can we navigate these very strong forces in order to reach our fulfillment...