Treasure Island

krishnakumar chandrasekar nair

(1964 and doing pretty good.. / Thiruvalla, Kerala)

Cancer ward Trivandrum


Gopalakrishnan? G-o-p-a-l-a-k-r-i- - - - ..............
Carefully this way please

Susan George? Susan.............Please come
Make way for her please

Jayachandran? Jayachandran? J-a-y-a.............................
Is anybody known to Jaychandran 48years from kannur here?

Abdullah? Abdu.... Yes, please sit here
No don’t worry.................just sit here

Fatima? Fatima...........Oh! , Please get a stretcher for her
Please move aside everybody and make way please

The rest of you can please wait till your files are ready
Lie down, sit and watch TV, relax....You will be called

(Welcome, welcome to the most “secular”place on earth
Welcome to Regional Cancer Centre Trivandrum!)

Submitted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Spending days and nights in RCC Trivandrum, I came across this situation during morning roll call in the OPD. My father in law lost his fight to lung cancer about two years back and I learnt things no university education can give you by just spending a month or so in the Cancer ward.

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