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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.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010



This poem was composed by me in final year.
I showed it to one or two of my friends who passed such lurid comments that I shelved it. It was retrieved only a few years back.


I felt wonderful, having passed Pathology
Forensic Medicine and of course Ophthalmology
Wielding my steth I walked into the ward
Thinking to pass Pathology is not so hard.

But when I saw the cases I was baffled
Here are to me mysteries unraveled
What is this case with a tumor in the arm
Can it be inflammatory as it is so warm ?

Diagnosing it as an abscess I drifted to the back
As the chief wade his way into the student pack
A junior started to present the case
Though young in years he did it with ease

"Stop" said the chief " I will hear"
"From a student in final year"
I stayed mum my thoughts in yester year
Till my friends pointed me out in the rear.

Smiling outwards I stepped forward in vain
Every nerve in me under strain
Unfolding the history I mentioned about pain
Among the symptoms I stressed it is the main

Hearing with patience the chief at last asked
What will you do if on you the case is tasked?
"Incision and drainage, by the method Hilton"
Said I without a thought, like a simpleton.

"Any suggestions" asked the chief looking about
And my good old friend instantly blurted out
"Investigations, sir" he said looking stout
"Must be done as the case is in doubt"

"Excellent" remarked the chief, which made me mad
As I turned my eyes on the young lad
He was well clad and no doubt was glad
I deserved it, I thought as I had done bad.

They finally arrived at the diagnosis sarcoma
And decided to treat by the rays gamma
At last came an end to the melancholy drama
When it was all over I was half in coma.

Many cases doth one see in a year
Some at least to all were queer
How one manages to pass exam is not clear
Thinking of the burden the student has to bear
Relentlessly draws the exam near and near
And the student waits in dread and fear.

Sunday, June 13, 2010



During our fourth year we went on a trip to Courtallum,Trivandrum and Kanyakumari.
The trip was very memorable. It was the first time the gents and ladies mixed together and talked more or less freely.
As usual we got two Assistant Professors, a gent and a lady to sign up for the trip but warned them not to come and stay at home.

The boys boarded the bus first and then we went to the ladies hostel.
When they started boarding one boy asked ‘AR’ whether the lady warden has allowed the girls to go on the trip.
AR sang ' Poi va Magale, poi vaa !' and was loudly received.
But there was a huge uproar when the retort came aptly with a song " Avalaa sonnal !Irukkathu! Nambamudyavillai !!"
We were surprised by the ingenuity.
Later AR confided that it was preplanned. Anyway it was very good.

During the trip we sang many cine songs. Sometimes the ladies also sang.
We always sang as a group. My voice isn't worth mentioning but I remembered the lyrics better..
Once we heard a lady's voice singing in a low tone.
The boys - JP and others stood up to have a look to know who the singer was and the singing stopped suddenly.
JP immediately said ' En paatai nirthivittai ?. Un isaiyai ketka ododi vantha ennai ematrathey Santha ?" as in Konchum Silanagai film song "Singaravelane Deva".
There was a huge uproar and the incident was told again and again.

During our Trivandrum trip we visited the zoo.
It was quite large and we were strolling by passing comments. J was accompanying our batch. When we came to a cage with bears we found them restless, rattling the iron railings.
J wanted to impress the ladies who were coming alongside and commented in a loud voice “ S, see, your friends are there!”
A suitable retort came to my mind [usually it will come to me only after 24 hrs!] and I said facing the bears “Hi, J !! Don’t worry. They will feed you soon!”
In Trivandrum we were staying in a lodge.
When we went for lunch outside, we noted that R has left his transistor in the room and being a novelty at that time we took it along. As such it was the center of attraction also in the hotel we dined.
When we returned to the lodge R was waiting anxiously and when he saw us he came running happily.
We first thought that he was happy to see us and were thrilled. Actually he was worried when he didn’t find his transistor and was relieved when he saw it in our hands!!!

It was also in Trivandrum that M was caught for his 'proficiency' of Malayalam language.
He was always boasting that he knew the language well.
In the morning we wanted to buy some coconut oil and took M to a nearby store and told him to ask for 200 ml of oil in Malayalam.
He did so and we saw the shopkeeper looking very perplexed.
Then we came to know that M has actually asked for 200 Liters of oil.
We had a good laugh and narrated the incident to all making M the laughing stock of the day in spite of his vociferous protests that it was just a slip of his tongue!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010



Dr.R one of our demonstrator in second year is well known for his English knowledge.
His howlers are very famous !!
Here are a few -

Met me after the class
If you don’t get out I will ask the Principal to get out !
You took too much latent period !
Why are you rotating the verandah?
I talk, he talk why you talk middle, middle?
Yesterday I saw you in the cinema theatre with my own wife.