"The more things change, the more they stay the same."
- Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr


When we first enter the dimly lit room, we see the magician.
Intrigued by what we know he is about to do, we gather around him.
In observing the hands at work, we understand. 
In understanding the power behind magic, we are inspired to do it ourselves.
In doing, we realize the true struggle behind the faux effortlessness. 
We fail yet we persevere. 
We evolve yet we strive further. 
We better ourselves every time we fail. 
We stay focused every time we succeed.
And without even knowing it, one fine day we look up and suddenly realize that we are no longer the watcher any more. 
We are now the watched. 
We are now the hands that inspire. 
We are now the magicians.

"The more things change, the more they stay the same." - Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr


The medical world may have evolved in so many ways over the last 1 and a half centuries but still the building blocks remain the same - Observe, Understand, Do, Persevere, Evolve... Succeed.


Authors note:
Watching young medical students today in my operation theater, I was just reminded of the images from over a century ago when scores of enthusiasts in the field of medicine would watch as surgeries were performed in huge amphitheaters.
Placing both images side by side really did bring home the reality of Alphonse Karr's prophetic words.

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22 Comments

  1. Nice verse.. watch, learn and become someone who inspire others!

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    1. Exactly.. So many wanna rush through it and become the magician overnight... Just a reminder to them of the fruits of perseverance

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  2. What a beautiful post.

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  3. In order to become a good teacher the first step is becoming a good learner I think. Good post Roshan

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    1. Yes, it is. And it is often forgotten un today's world

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  4. The taught become the teachers...and life goes on, quite literally. Beautiful!

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    1. Here life really us the key in more ways than one, since as a magician in this case, you can't afford to err without causing loss of life.

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  5. I am having goosebumps reading this and seeing the images. What an incredibly powerful job you have, Roshan. I have always admired doctors and the work they do. If I am alive today it is thanks to some incredible doctors and therapists. Every grateful.

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    1. I was watching the students around the surgeon and it occurred to me that this was exactly like the images from the 1800s!
      We really had not changed that much..

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  6. A doctor is a true magician. Its a job which overwhelms me . It needs patience , ppl management and the success must feel divine
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    Good one

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    1. The success does feel divine on a good day... But we also need to temper it with the reality that we lose patients too. We can never be Gods.

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  7. Loved how you drew that parallel and isn't it with all things where experts are few and learners are more? Great micro-blog Roshan :)

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    1. Thanks Parul. Yes, the same building blocks need to apply to all fields where learning is involved I feel

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  8. Life always completes a full circle and it's true that everything is the same and yet different. This is one of my favourite sayings " plus ca change, plus ca change pas! "

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    1. When we see the world around us, we actually find so many example of this... even though the world has changed so much, so many examples of it being the same..

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  9. Amazing how things have changed through the years, but what's even more amazing is that the fundamentals have remained the same.

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    1. Exactly... the technology has changed. The basics have not

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