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Oct 22 2012

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.

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    Anonymous
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    ttch

    Welcome!

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    Avicenna

    Thanks! Always good to get a hello…

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    Lofty

    Greetings! I hope you have some interesting insights to share.

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    Badland, delurking for a bit

    I’ve seen and enjoyed your comments on other blogs here. Welcome!

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    Lou Doench

    Welcome!

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    billygutter01

    Welcome aboard!

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    Avicenna

    Thanks for all the welcomes!

    Hopefully the old posts will go up on here, but I should start on stuff I already have in a bit…

    A

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    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 :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avicenna_(crater)

    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.

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    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.)

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    Rawnaeris, Lulu Cthulhu

    Welcome, I can already tell I’m going to enjoy your writing!

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Capitalisation fails on my part there, sorry.

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    Stephanie Zvan

    Well, hello. How did you get here? ;)

    Welcome!

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    kevinkirkpatrick

    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!

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    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    Welcome! :)

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    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    Hmm, interesting, newest comment first.

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

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    Crommunist

    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!

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    Emrysmyrddin

    Welcome to FtB, from one Brit to another! :D

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    Emrysmyrddin

    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?

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    irisvanderpluym

    Hi Avicenna! Long time. Great to see you here. : )

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    peicurmudgeon

    Glad to see you at FtB.

    I remember meeting you over at Negotiation is Over about a year ago. I’vpoppd into your previous blog a few times since then.

  22. 22
    Avicenna

    Same way brown people get everywhere…

    By being a (nearly) doctor… (Or an engineer or running a shop or takeaway)

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    Avicenna

    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.

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    maxdwolf

    Welcome!

    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). :)

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    Aditya

    In which hospital are you doing your clinical rotation presently?

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    Avicenna

    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.

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    Ms Anne Thrope

    Hi!
    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!

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    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    Welcome to FtB Avicenna!
    Glad to have a new voice.

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    lordshipmayhem

    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

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    Stephanie Zvan

    Yeah, having you around is going to be good.

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    Corvus illustris

    “… 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).

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    Jafafa Hots

    I think I might learn some stuff here.

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    Alethea Kuiper-Belt

    Welcome. I wasn’t acquainted with your work before, but you look very interesting. (Oh no! More time wasting for me!)

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    Christoph Burschka

    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.

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Okay. Cheers for that.

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    Bjarni

    Bwahahaha! Great intro, already making me grin.

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

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