Footprints in the sand

Footprints in the sand

This picture was clicked by me during my visit to the Osian Sand Dunes, close to Jodhpur, Rajasthan. I was roaming around my tent, when I saw this beetle darting from one end to the other carrying small pieces of food for her little ones. She kept on doing this for  half an hour and every time she crossed the sand, she left her footprints behind.

The same holds true in life as well. Every time we do a good deed, we leave our mark behind. So keep on working hard and doing good deeds!!

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In pursuit of happiness

Searching for nectar

Searching for nectar

It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfilment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.

– Dennis Waitley

I clicked this picture during a recent visit to Asola Bird Sanctuary in Delhi. Found this bee buzzing from one flower to the other in search of nectar (happiness). Ultimately, she settled down on this flower and struck gold 🙂

Sweetest gift

Can't get sweeter than this

Can’t get sweeter than this

A very old breast cancer patient came to my OPD one day and started crying. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer at a hospital close to her village but because she could not afford treatment in a private hospital, she came to Delhi for free treatment. After examining her, I explained to her the treatment plan and got her investigated for surgery.

Within a couple of weeks we operated her and she went on to receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy afterwards. Following the completion of her treatment, I did not see her for a few months.

Then one day I reached the OPD slightly late as I was taking care of a sick patient in the ward and as I was approaching my room, I was greeted by the same lady with her short curly hair (this is what chemotherapy does to the hair…will write a post about this sometime later) and a wide smile on her face.

Once I settled down in my chamber, she came rushing in and put this huge packet on the table and said that it was for me. When I told her that I could not accept it, she became very sad and said that she had carried it 150 kms specially to gift it to me and insisted that I open it in front of her. I eventually gave in to her request and what I saw when I unwrapped the packet was really overwhelming. Inside it was a 2 kg fresh jaggery cake, which this lady had carried specially for me and I was very touched by her gesture. It truly was the SWEETEST GIFT I have ever received from a patient and that too from someone who was having difficulties funding her own treatment.

Sometimes the smallest gestures turn out to be the sweetest ones. 

Colors of nature

Colors of Nature

Colors of Nature

All those who love Nature she loves in return, and will richly reward, not perhaps with the good things, as they are commonly called, but with the best things of this world-not with money and titles, horses and carriages, but with bright and happy thoughts, contentment and peace of mind.

JOHN LUBBOCK, The Beauties of Nature

Clicked this beauty from a moving bus during the Scottish Highlands tour. It perfectly displays the various colors and shades of nature and has a feel good factor associated with it. This is one of the background pictures on my computer and it inspires me every time I look at it.

Breast Density Grading on Mammogram

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Image courtesy: http://www.mayoclinic.com

Breast tissue is composed of fatty (nondense) tissue and connective (dense) tissue.

Radiologists use a grading system to describe the density of breast tissue based on the proportion of fat to connective tissue.
The four levels of density are shown in these mammogram images.
From left to right: level 1 (a very fatty breast), level 2 (fatty tissue makes up more than 50 percent of breast), level 3 (dense tissue makes up more than 50 percent of the breast) and level 4 (a very dense breast with very little fat).
It is easier to interpret lesions in Level 1 & Level 2 breast densities whereas Level 3 & 4 pose a problem in identification of lesions and micro-calcifications.