An Auspicious Start

Amusingly enough?

This week is a massive near week long holiday for Navaratri. Traditionally in Hindu culture, any endeavour started on these days is destined for success. So children begin the new school year out here on this day. My nephew is starting his first playschool next week, my cousin has purchased a new car and I am pretty much moving my blog out here.

I am Avicenna (named after the islamic golden age Doctor) and I am terrifyingly weird and am a giant nerd. I am a british indian medical student doing my clinical rotations in India. I basically qualify in a year and a bit and then I plan to continue to work for charity here before I go back home and have a career. However to keep sane I started blogging. And it kind of got out of hand…

I am (naturally) an Atheist (otherwise me joining here would probably win the “biggest misunderstanding” award) but Hinduism is the religion I don’t believe in. All my old gods are crazy as fuck. Good for stories or inspiration for metal bands but not so good for normal life.

So yes, an auspicious start for the inauspicious man.

And yes, I own a sonic device and have a blue box. It doesn’t open doors but it can make blind people see.


  1. StevoR says

    G’day Avicenna.

    Guess you already know that the original Avicenna (Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Sīnā – Latinisation into Avicenna being a wise move for brevity’s sake I reckon) was much more than just a doctor – also an astronomer and polymath.

    Did you know you’ve already got your own crater too :

    Although it is on the Far (not dark) side of the Moon so a bit hard to show folks from here. ;-)

    Anyhow, welcome aboard, keen to read what you have to say.

  2. StevoR says

    Question, why choose “Avicenna’ avicenna given its not a hindu or indian name? Can you elaborate a bit please?

    (No offence intended – good name – curious that’s all.)

  3. kevinkirkpatrick says

    I am (naturally) an Atheist (otherwise me joining here would probably win the “biggest misunderstanding” award)

    Well…. you might have a little competition there… :-) Anyway, welcome aboard, I look forward to seeing the world through yet another new perspective!

  4. Stevarious, Public Health Problem says

    Hmm, interesting, newest comment first.

    Is that a deliberate choice or a default that you have not changed yet?

  5. says

    Want to extend my personal ‘welcome’. I was really excited when your name came up and am glad to see you here! Looking forward to having you as a neighbour!

  6. Emrysmyrddin says

    Eeep. Comments ordered newest-first, and nested – this is going to be a bit of a headache following along :O Any chance of a comment format reconsideration?

  7. says

    I was born in an Ibn Sina hospital and I worked in one too. So I figure the name is lucky.

    Also? He is so badass that he is one of the few muslims to have statues of himself.

  8. maxdwolf says


    I came over as soon as I heard to check things out. From what I have seen so far, I enjoy your writing very much. My only complaint might be that there is so much of it (I read really slow and have limited time). :)

  9. says

    Tis a secret! Remember people may not take too kindly to my blogging, so I am keeping it pseudonymous till I work in the UK.

    Hence the lack of personal stuff on here.

  10. Ms Anne Thrope says

    I’ve somehow never managed to read any of your stuff before, but as a fellow British-colony (South Africa) ex-hindu indian working in science in a foreign country (France)- I’m really looking forward to reading your stuff!

  11. lordshipmayhem says

    Welcome aboard! I’m enjoying your sense of humour. It reminds me of my own … and now I don’t know whether to be happy or scared. :P

  12. Corvus illustris says

    “… Hinduism is the religion I don’t believe in … “

    The corresponding one for me is pre-Vatican II (really, pre-Tridentine) Romanism, which is responsible for my meeting your illustrious successor Averroës (though I don’t believe in the unitas intellectus either). You two suffer from tone-deaf Latinization, I from an inadequate calque.

    This will be fun. A (US) MD relative-by-marriage is already enjoying comparison of medical slang(s).

  13. Christoph Burschka says

    And yes, I own a sonic device and have a blue box. It doesn’t open doors but it can make blind people see.

    I think I have a new favorite FtBer.

  14. Bjarni says

    Bwahahaha! Great intro, already making me grin.

    I look forward to reading more of your stuff, welcome!


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