Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Day 76, Monday, 30th January, 2012

Dear Readers,

Two and a half months have passed since I came to Saudi Arabia to meet my immediate and medium-term objectives: to earn more money, to perform Umrah, and if possible, Haj, and to study and appear for the MRCPCH examinations ... and qualify as a member of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, U.K. 

Those of you who have been reading this blog regularly must already know that I have performed the Umrah within a week of my arrival in this country. The earnings have also begun, and I plan to transfer the first tranche of my earnings to India within a day or two. As for the last objective, I have been reading, though not substantially as of now. I may appear for the first part of the exams in October 2012 when I visit India for my first year-end vacation. This will depend also on whether I clear the Saudi Council exam which will give me the necessary accreditation to practice in this country. 

Today, there was a general sense of lethargy in the hospital as most of the Saudis came in late on account of the party the previous night (read my entry for day 75). The doctors, however, were on time, and we had a relatively light day in the OPD. 

Dr. Niaz Qureshi, the Pakistani OB-GY doctor, who is also my room-mate, is planning to leave tomorrow for his month-long vacation to his homeland in Multan, Pakistan. I have decided to go with him to Ta'if, then onward to Mecca to perform Umrah, and then, onward to Jeddah, from where he would fly off to Pakistan and I would go to Juzer's house to spend a few days with his family. I also intend to buy a mobile phone for myself (sorry, Dr. Muhbeen, but I have to do this). 

I prepared for the departure in the evening, purchasing things I needed, packing my small bag, and so on. I am so looking forward to the next day.

Signing off for now.

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