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The name is Selvamani.R. I was born in Rangoon, Burma now known as Yangoon and Myanmar respectively. I had my schooling in I.E.S. .Khalsa School there in Rangoon and came to Tamilnadu, India, did my Pre-University in Sir Thegaraya College,Chennai and M.B.B.S., in Madurai Medical College. Later did my Diploma and Masters Degree in the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Egmore, Madras Medical College, Chennai.

Monday, May 31, 2010


Our college hosted a Flood-lit Volley Ball tournament – open to all colleges in the state.
This was mainly due to the fact that we had a very good team with star players which usually won in the tournaments.
There was good participation and the various team members were put up in the common halls in the hostel.
Many teams were from suburban and Madurai seemed to be a big city for them.
One night some players wanted to go to an English movie and were directed to me for guidance.
When they asked me I advised them to see “The Sound of Music” which was running to packed house.
They thanked me and left for the 9-30 p.m. show.
A few minutes later one of them returned as he forgot to take his wallet.
Taking it he turned to me and asked ‘There will be lot of fighting scenes, eh?”
Before I could come out of astonishment he had left.
I gaped at my room mate.
He chuckled and said “Better go to sleep before they return back from the movie and show their wrath.”
I did.
The next morning their faces were a sight to behold and I spuriously avoided them.


Anatomy Dissection- the nightmare of all the students -where even bright students sometimes fail - the next ordeal being only the final year clinical.
I got 'Exposure of dorsum of foot' and was quite happy about it.
My friend X got 'Adductor Canal' [later he confided that he got 'Dorsum of foot’ but he put the slip back and picked another!]. X is a good student but on that day he was very nervous and was unsure of any and everything.
We were given the same body and the same lower limb.
I started dissecting right away but X was asking me repeatedly about the procedure and other things..
The dissection was progressing nicely and when the external examiners went out for coffee the tutors immediately came for help.
X called the tutor for help..
After some time I overheard X muttering something under his breath.
When I asked him he told me that if I didn't know something I ought to keep my mouth shut and not misguide him making him fail. On persuasion I found out that the tutor has wrongly named a nerve in Adductor canal.
I said to X that I am sure about what I said [I think it was "Nerve to Sartorius" ] and asked him to call the tutor again and check.
He called the tutor again and the tutor named the nerve wrong again..
I immediately intervened and said that he was wrong.
The tutor got confused and said that he will go and verify and come again..
That he did and returned shortly.. He said that I was right and asked X to get help from me thereafter.
X passed the exam and to his credit he was always ready to acknowledge my part for his success in that exam.

Thursday, May 27, 2010



In our MBBS course at that time [Integrated- 5 ½ years] second year exam comprising Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry was very tough to clear being superseded only by the final year exam.
Five of us after remitting the exam fees for second year were met by our senior friend on our way back..
He exclaimed why we have done so in Rahukalam – a period where no one does anything new as they are prone for disaster...
Our faces fell and we were dismayed. Then we consoled ourselves that as we were all good students {?} it was very unlikely that all five would fail.
It so happened that all five of us passed the exam without any difficulty.
Then the funny sequel followed.
We made a habit of tendering the exam fees, all five together and only at Rahukalam for the ensuing exams!
Our success continued unabated through out.

Monday, May 10, 2010



When I was in my Under Graduate period in Madurai Medical College on one vacation I went to Chennai to see my close school friend who has joined in a city college. Having decided to go to a movie we went to the Electric Train Station and stood in the queue with him in front.
But when we approached the ticket counter I was in for a shock as I saw him purchase only one ticket.
With a heavy heart lamenting that times have changed him, I proceeded to buy a ticket.
But he caught my hand and pulled me put of the queue.
“What are you doing?” he hissed.
“Buying a ticket” I said a bit harshly.” I saw you purchase only one ticket!”.
“Yes “he replied. “That ticket is for you. I already have a season ticket.”
Then only the truth dawned on me. Though I pleaded and asked for his forgiveness he was relentless.
“How can you even think of me buying a ticket only for myself? “he fumed. “Is that how you rate our friendship?”
Needless to say the evening was ruined.
But that incident taught me one thing. Never to take anything on face value and to find a possible explanation.

A second incident proved how right it is..
One of my close relative did not attend my son’s wedding [such a long gap!]. Nor there was any news about his absence.
After a few months I saw him in a relative’s marriage.
My initial intention was to turn away and avoid him.
But remembering the train incident I approached him and after exchanging pleasantries said how much we missed him in our son’s wedding.
He nodded and said he lost his daughter-in-law in a traffic accident just two days before my son’s marriage and that is why he didn’t attend.
I was shocked and said that I never knew.
He said he asked the relatives not to convey the news to me as it would spoil my happiness in my son’s wedding.
Let him hear it in due course he had said.
Such magnanimity even in such dire circumstance.
At least I didn’t make a fool of myself, being saved by remembering the train incident.