On our Independence day-2014-Notes from a Reading journal

Prashant Bhatt's notes

Ind Day-India-2014-3

Source-Wall Magazine-Sri Aurobindo Ashram-Delhi-April 2014

It is He in the sun who is ageless and deathless

And into the midnight His shadow is thrown

When darkness was blind and engulfs within darkness

He was seated within it immense and alone


The Indian independence day-August 15 , is also the birthday of one of India’s great modern saints-Sri Aurobindo.

The Philosophical review-Arya-was first published on this day , a hundred years ago.

On this unique anniversary- I see some notes of my “Reading Journal”.

As our reading group has dwindled into a “reading journal” with many choosing to flee the conflict in Tripoli and those remaining not in much a mood to discuss the niceties of Indian literature, I remember the many discussions we had last year-2013-in the framework of Indian literature. In Five sessions we had discussed some nuances.

One session started with Edward Said’s “Orientalism” in which…

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Check Burnout Forum

Prashant Bhatt's notes

As part of our reading group, for the past week, we have had some interesting

discussions and readings on the theme of “Burnout”

Issues  of burnout in medical professionals-Doctors, paramedics, nurses,

managers in health set-ups came out.

Key features of Burnout

There is a difference between Burnout and middle-age crises, depression

though there may be overlap.(many smiles..)

An interesting article on this theme which will be discussed further in

our group -BMC Medicine 2004, 2:29 doi:10.1186/1741-7015-2-29-

lists the following components

Emotional exhaustion: Reduced energy and job enthusiasm;

emotional and cognitive distancing from the job.

Depersonalisation: Cynicism; lack of engagement and distancing from patients;

treatment of patients as inanimate, unfeeling objects.

Personal accomplishment: A sense of efficacy and effectiveness; of involvement,

commitment and engagement; of capacity to innovate, change and improve.

The different components of a health care system

While the obvious focus can be on doctors, as is the target…

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