This is a reproduction which I penned down, soon after medical hooligans (this is in one occasion I was ashamed of my M.B.B.S (Ceylon) certificate) when they came in numbers and assaulted the Dental Students in the middle of the night, gate crashing a function held in the Dental Faculty. None of the culprits were given proper sentences and some are now practicing physicians. By strange coincidence I was invited to a wedding where a Medical graduate was married to a Dental graduate. I did not see any Medicos invited except perhaps few seniors in academic sphere. I must thank my mother in law who passed away 3 days prior to this function and on her account I excused myself from any celebratory functions till three months Dhana was over. Suffice is to say that I have not attended any student function from that day to now and I will keep that vow till retire. I am getting some devilish ideas and some quotes from Peter Mark Roget M.D., F.R.S would be appropriate before giving the reasons for my devilish inclinations. First of all Mark’s (I am entitled to address him by his second name simply because I am in my geriatric age and he is a medical colleague without any honours from the Royal Family) birthday falls on the 18th of January and he would have been 233 years old. He recorded his outrage for Napoleon and his petty Officers (His father was a French Pastor), The Tygers of Africa less to be dreaded, are less ferocious than these….. Demons are milder…….be treated than they…… My devilish ideas originated from hearing a tuition teacher killing one of his colleagues and seeing that there is a devilish trend to advertise their illegal trade on billboards around the country. I get a quiet satisfaction when I see the polling masters pasting their posters over the tuition masters and this battle is raged in the night and my dog does not sleep accordingly. Even though my dog sleeps well in the daytime and I have to come to work and I cannot catch my lost or broken sleep is my problem. The real reason for my devilish inclination is this frequently interrupted sleep. I have noticed my dog now sleeps under my bed (not unless he is angry or frightened). Poor fellow I believe is frightened. Coming back to Roget why he was not honoured by the Royal Family intrigued me, perhaps he was Swiss and had French Connection. When I think of the the French and how much they contributed to English Language is a common knowledge, he is now remembered not for his Medical Achievements but for his contribution to English Language as a whole. I sometime think that English is versatile today because of its foreign connections. Few quotes are in order but I would not say from where I got them, simply because these local pseudo-English teachers should do some soul searching before teaching English as a second language. They should do some digging themselves instead of copying what I pen down here for leisure. Every workman in the exercise of his art should be provided with proper implements. Actor with wardrobe of costumes……… Painter …………..every hue and tints. An amount of labour very much greater than anticipated……. A few words for my own consumption are in order. The term “pulmonary consumption” for tuberculosis from which disease his father probably died when he was five. The consumption coagulopathy, I teach are the by products of this man’s ingenious but hard work. The compiler of the Thesaurus started his work after retirement in 1840 when he was 61 years of age. In 12 years he (he probably started this in 1805 as a hobby to complement his academic talents) managed to produce the first edition. 28 editions were published during the remaining 17 years of his life. His son John Lewis Roget revised the last edition he was working at the age of 90. His grandson Samuel Romelly Roger revised and publish an edition in 1925. The paperback edition came in 1953. He was a chess master and his slide ruler and the knight’s movement over the chessboard without returning to the same square twice were the showpiece and mastery of his mathematical talents. What have the University and the Education Department done to uplift their spiritual talents except thuggery. When I see this I am less inclined to blame the politicians in spite of my devilish dreams.
16th of January, 2009