Black dog

He shows up in my bed on a night of utter despair…

Making me stay with him for days till I finally begin to repair…

Music is not the healer anymore, food I can hardly chew..

The skies begin to turn dark and everything else is blue..

He feeds on all my attention, making it hard to concentrate..

Concealing it under the mask of humor I tell people; “life’s great”..

They’ll judge me if they see him, consumed by the fear of shame..

A glass breaks thousands of miles away, he tells me “You’re the one to blame..”

He keeps me up at night, barking the loudest he can..

It’s harder to get out of bed and go to work, lookin’ like cavemen..

Pushing me far away from my friends, hitting me with the strongest wave..

My depression isn’t my pet anymore, now I’m his only slave..

If only I can seek help and someone to hold my hand,..

I’ll train my black dog again without needing a magic wand…

P.S. Depression shouldn’t be allowed to grow darker and bigger making easier for it to control us. There’s no shame in asking for help and sharing your true emotions with people close to you. But it’s a shame when we see someone around us suffering and fail to ask “Are you okay, bud?”

-®Hira Chaudhry

©Image courtesy: The scream, Edvard Munch

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Gangrene

“As doctors we’re taught, when a part of our body becomes gangrenous (body tissue dies due to loss of blood supply), we have to surgically remove it.. Right?” he asked looking at the scalpel in his hand shining in it’s glory..

“Yeah, that’s right! Even if it’s your right arm.. Else, it will spread to your whole body and damage vital organs!” the surgeon kept his gaze fixed on the dead body, collecting evidence for the autopsy..

“But, what if it is a vital organ that you cannot possibly survive without?” he leaned over the body, placing his hand on it’s exposed heart.

“What are you even talking about?” his gaze shifted to the resident’s face, which was paller than the one on the table.

“Nothing.. I guess we have to figure out some things on our own,” he said as he walked out of the room firmly holding the scalpel.

“Well, God’s created this miracle of a body meticulously.. We human beings have this amazing ability to survive, even if it’s cancer.. But sometimes, we don’t!

Look at the sky, dark and hollow… How many lives did you engulf to become this dark and gloomy? How many nights I spent looking at you, shedding silent tears? But who will cry for me, if I don’t survive? No one.

My heart is my biggest enemy… How long will I hold on to a gangrene? Tonight I’ll rip it out and see what happens, either it will adapt or perish.”

He raised the scalpel to his chest as water started pouring over his head.

That night, the sky cried for him with all it’s might.

Forgiveness..

Placing his crown on the side table,

Listening to the Prince’s fable,

Kissed goodnight to the princess’s forehead,

Watching them sleep on the silk bed,

He looked around the room glistening with gold,

“Why do I feel feeble and old?

When I’m still young with valour and vision,

Why does my heart feel wounded with a lesion,

When I have all the treasures to give,

And I live a life people dream to live?”

Listening to the King’s silent pain,

A voice whispered through the rain,

“A smile is all you need to give,

To live with peace you must learn to Forgive”…

Blind!

After 38 years of life,

Falling in love,

Having two children,

A boy and a girl..

When the nurse finally unfolds her bandage,

She sees for the first time and says:

“Life is beautiful”…

Writing a Research report or proposal? Confused? Here’s your friend in need!

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 Research is a compulsory part of every subject these days. Submitting a proposal prior to a research report, dissertation or thesis is standard. It is only after the proposal is approved, the work on that particular research project can be initiated.

                You want to know what is important about research, I ask what isn’t?                “According to data from The World Bank, United States alone spends 47.3%
whereas, China spends 52.5% of the total government expenditure on health development issues only.” Medical research will help us to save all that budget which could be spent on other necessities like education.                                                                                                                           Being new to this practice many students become confused or perplexed when filing a mandatory document for their supervisors. This is why a majority do not receive good remarks and are even advised to revise their proposals on the first attempt. The reason behind this can either be due to lack of proper guidance at educational institutions or student’s interest. But interest can be easily developed if the students understand the importance of research in their future career along with some creative modification in the method of presenting the subject of research.
As far as the contents of the research proposal are concerned, they should mainly cover areas such as background, research problem,
research objectives, research questions/hypotheses, a brief review of extant literature, significance or scope of proposed study, research design, study outline, budget and timescale.
For the ease of readers, each component of a research proposal is separately described as follows.

 **Background
There should be a rationale for the proposed study. In other words, the selected area of research should be justified in the very first part
of a research proposal. It is pertinent to mention here that the rationale must be referenced and backed by literary works.

**Research problem
Under this heading, the main idea of research is discussed comprehensively with all the possible and relevant issues added to it.
This section is written in a very critical manner such as not to exaggerate the real problem but to define its significance to be resolved.

**Research objectives
This section must be dedicated to identifying the main objectives of the study through numbers or bullets.
A research study should have at least three to four objectives, set after reviewing the previously carried out researches on a similar subject.

**Research questions/hypotheses
Research subjects are sometimes picked from research questions and hypotheses.
These questions are opted for when the finding of answers is aimed at, whereas hypotheses are picked if testing of the assumptions is intended.
It is decided in accordance with the requirement of the projected study. Both can be presented with the help of bullets or numbers.

**Literature review
This is the most substantial part of a proposal. The section critically represents the findings of previously carried out researches.
Outline the background of your idea and build your discussion logically towards the research proposal.
A brief overview of secondary data should be given under this section.

**Significance of proposed study
Make your proposed study different and unique from the previously studies on a similar subject by stating facts and comparative analysis.
In this regard, differences based on approaches, subject areas and methods can be taken into consideration.
The expected contributions of the proposed study in the existing literature should also be expressed in the portion.

**Research methodology
This component is designed to identify the exact course or road map of a research study. In simple words,
you as a researcher defines how you would conduct the proposed research study under it.
Therefore, the segment proposes methods that strictly comply with the nature of a projected research study.
It should be noted that a proposed method such as survey, interview, observation, focus group, field notes, etc.,
should not only be described but also justified under the heading of this crucial part of a proposal.

**Outline
There should be a detailed outline for a proposed study. The structure of the whole study should be explained while
identifying the main chapters of the study.
Moreover, all the main headings and their subheadings should be clearly mentioned.
In this way, the segment distinctly shows all the possible areas intended to be covered under the projected research study.

**Budget
Research work also needs money to be carried out. The estimation of the required budget is requisite to understand whether
the expenses on the research project are affordable for the researcher or not.
Though students sometimes are financed by educational institutions or other supporting organisations, these also require a
full-fledged plan of expenditures for assessing the need of a student before providing him or her with financial support.
For this reason, students should scrutinize the feasibility of carrying out the research work within the available funds.

**Timescale
Another important factor is the management of time required. This section is designed to clearly discuss the consumption of time
expected during each and every step of the research. Additionally,a Gantt chart (a bar chart stating the starting and finishing dates of proposed actions)
can also be drawn for the sake of better representation of project management within an applicable time frame.

Hope this turns out to be helpful.. If you have any queries feel free to comment 🙂