Oct 15, 2016

Bangalore Diaries - An Overview

Assalamualaikum.


I think its quite exciting for me to write upon my journey here in India. So far life has been great, challenging even.


I'm currently studying my MBBS here at Management & Science University - International Medical School (MSU-IMS), Bangalore Campus. 32 of us from UniKL RCMP came and we joined the October cohort, along with fellow third year students.


Bertolak daripada KLIA pada 3 November 2015, itulah pertama kalinya aku merasakan perasaan bercampur-baur yang aneh. Gembira, kerana akhirnya impian yang satu ini tercapai. Sedih, kerana akhirnya perpisahan yang paling ditangisi mama menjadi kenyataan. Teruja, kerana aku sudah berazam sesungguhnya untuk memulakan hidup baru. Dan ketakutan, kerana entah apa yang menanti aku di penghujung simpang nanti.


Tiba di Kempegowda International Airport, kami disambut olah wakil pelajar disini. Aku yang berkobar-kobar teruja kerana telah selamat tiba, memusing troli bagasi kebelakang dengan drastiknya sebaik saja terlihat satu raut wajah yang aku kenali berdiri di belakang pagar besi ruang menunggu.


I know, and I would like to emphasize here that I am mentally and physically prepared, but I really, really didn't expect it to be that soon.


Lepas tampar pipi sendiri baru tersedar dari lamunan.
Past is past anyway.


Long story shorten, I'm staying at a two-room apartment in Dwellington Apartment, Gokula. Basically almost all Malaysian students stay here, although the rental cost is quite neck-choking. My room costs me about RM 500 per month omg kalau kat Malaysia ni dah boleh dapat sewa satu rumah dah! I'm staying with my friend Ahsha, so its just the two of us in this house.




My view from on top of the apartment.
Entire Bangalore lays here.


And whenever I need some time solely with myself, this is the place I'll run to.


I've been posted to Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital, a super-specialty hospital (kinda resembles KPJ in Malaysia). Took me 40 minutes from home to hospital and I really envy those who got posted to Bangalore Baptist Hospital cuz it took em only 15 minutes to reach there!


Usually I went to Jain Hospital by auto, a public transport people often choose here. Tapi pakcik auto suka cekik leher saya. Awal-awal datang dulu dengan naifnya selalu kena tipu. Perjalanan yang sepatutnya makan kos dalam 120 rupees, boleh jadi 200 rupees. Takat 20 rupees ekstra boleh terima lagi, ni 80 kot! Tiga bulan duduk sini, hah sekarang aku champion bab bergaduh dengan pakcik auto tiap kali dia minta tambang melampau.


During my third year, I've got four major posting - Surgery, Obstetric & Gynecology, Medicine and Pediatrics. So far, only got minor problems in clerking the patients because most of them could communicate in English. Probably because most of the patients in this hospital came from middle class group, whom adequately educated in terms of English language. Kalau jumpa pesakit yang cuma boleh bercakap dalam Kannada atau Hindi atau Tamil atau Telugu, matilanak kite ternganga-nganga kat situ. Terkial-kial cari nurse minta tolong translate. Thats the uniqueness of India, Hindi is the official language but each state got their own spoken language. So they've got about 21 different spoken languages here. Kannada is the spoken language here in Bangalore, so I've learnt a few Kannada words so that it could be easier for me to gaduh dengan pakcik auto communicate well with my patients here :)




Post-operation compulsory selfie.


Got so much more to write but I've got to go and cook myself something or I'll starve to death. Yeah I still got that malas-nak-makan problem, imported straight from Malaysia.


Until next time!

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