Cry of agony for a payment by blood

I agreed with myself around a year ago that I will not write this post because of the positive side I see in my MBBS colleagues in my parallel batch at school. But, it seems I need to write this after seeing the news of a child's death because of an ignorant doctor.

Around a year ago, when my daughter was 2 weeks old, she had a surgery for an infectious wound which was possibly the cause of an ant bite or a bee sting (or similar flying insect). As a two week old infant, she went through an ordeal that I cannot muster the words in my entire vocabulary to write.

I'm not going to elaborate on the treatment. It had a lot of cloxacilline and augmentin, and those who know medicine know what augmentine does to a two week old. My focus here is the doctor.

When we found out that the growth in her arm was too big to be cured by medicine obtained by a local doc, we went to show her to a specialist doctor, and he immediately told us to admit her in Lady Ridgeway hospital. And I still thank him for the strict nature he told that to me which I could go forward for better treatment.

I don't think I need to tell you how government hospitals are like. It was a total upside down environment for me and my wife. The staff was never focused onto any single patient. Instead, they seemed to act like they've seen worse patients and this is just "another case".

The consultant doc there is my main character. He visits the ward once a day, and goes into a ward round. I was never allowed to stay when this happened since the patient visiting time was way over by this happened. As per my wife, all he did was to nod and note something after looking at the child's wound and utter some medical jargon to the students and the ward officers. Nadeera not being familiar and uninterested in medical stuff, never understood a word he told the other docs. He never spoke with her. Never told her how the child was and when we could take her home.

We could not bear the case. We weren't experienced parents. We damn well knew that the hospital we were in, is the best place for the child. That single point, kept us there despite all the issues. Still, to know the status of my child, I had to ask my friends using back-channels and my wife had to beg the nurses. After about a week, we managed to get off the hospital and take Thenu home.

Still, I had to visit a nearby hospital everyday to re-dress her wound and check progress. Progress was slow. And we had to make a move. Either go back, or find another method to speed the process up. We managed to channel the same consultant doc in a private hospital. He checked the wound again there.

To my utter surprise, he gave us ample description, with instruction to attend her to a hospital for further treatment to speed the healing up.

So we checked her in to a private hospital, and informed him. Voila! the gold started to speak.!

He came every day to see my daughter, dressed the wound himself which at LRH, the nurses asked us to do, and gave us updates about the progress. No question, he was good at his profession. But in my head, I remember arguing, what if this happened to a child who could not attend to a private hospital?

All he had to do at the LRH, was to tell my wife for 10 seconds, how the child was doing. Assume he has 100 patients to attend to and this will take him 1000s which is 17 minutes of his precious schedule.

There is no use trying to find out what the name of the doc is, or what hospital I went to. The message I convey to all my medicine-related friends is this;
Speak to your patients. Tell them how they do. Take 10 seconds off your ward rounds to tell them they're doing great. Motivate them to heal, to survive.

 Remember, you were taught by free education. Those patients who visit national hospitals paid taxes for your lectures! They missed meals for your lab equipment. They cut sweets off their child's menu to grant you that vehicle permit.
They have already paid for the treatment.! No one walks into the hospital to get free medicine!

If you can't afford to show love, do your job you were paid well in advance to do.

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Surprise Visitor

I was doing some editing work in the PC and suddenly this guy flew onto the monitor. Good thing I wasn’t doing any edge erasing while it flew in. I was just surfing for some images I could use.

I usually grab them by hand and let them go out of a window or shoo them away through the door. But, I just had to use a paper after I saw this close-up Open-mouthed smile

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GPS Assisted Cornering

Disclaimer: if you crash, its on your own cash. No responsibilities taken for following guidelines here!

indexOkay, you might think this is some sort of AGPS crap, but no. This is how I’d describe driving with a GPS device hooked onto your car.

This applies to Sri Lanka, and I’m pretty sure it would for most Asian and other developing countries as well.

The fact that there aren’t many GPS providers with accurate data makes navigation; hell, to guys like me. I usually can’t memorize any road. The only roads I have in my head are the ones I travel or drive very frequently. Unlike my father and some other people like several cousins I have, I neither can tell a guy how to reach Kandy with n-turns and m-roads in the description nor can I listen to that description and figure the road out.!

That’s where GPS comes in. I’m not the kind of guy who buy expensive hardware off the market if there’s a free alternative. So my alternative is Google Navigation powered by Android. I’m not here to talk about Navigation and directions. I’m here to talk about Navigation and cornering.

The level of detail Gmaps gives in cornering was tested by myself on two trips now. The first was the family trip we had to Katharagama. It proved vital in the Horana-Rathnapura road. The second was the more recent trip to Badulla. In addition to the Horana-Rathnapura road, I used it for the entire trip.

Before I elaborate, take a good look at these

This is Racedriver GRID.

GRID 2009-09-21 20-57-03-37

and Need for Speed Underground (Sorry for the view, but this is the best I have in my collection)


and this is my setup;


Yes, it’s the lower left that makes them similar.

I know exactly what comes to your head. So let me explain.

The phone shows me the Google map in navigation mode (if you think navigation is disabled outside the USA, you need to grow up and root your phone) In the map is the latest and up to date version of the map. I say this because before these ‘trips’ I check the Google map myself and correct the road alignment to the map myself.

So before I reach any part of the road, I know how its going to lay out. The only thing I need to figure out is the placement of the vehicles in front of me.

I know, you still look a bit astonished. You have the issue; of the need to ‘look’ at the map to do that. This is where the pictures I showed you come in. If you have played NFS, GRID and most other racing games, you need to know when to keep the eye on the road and when to peek at the map. This needs intense practice.

If you keep your eyes in the map too long, you will crash for sure. and you need to keep in mind not to peek at every corner. Keep a small cache memory of the bends, and never peek while taking the curve.

If you’ve driven your car long enough and know what you’re doing with the map, this will be the coolest way to drive.

What I have seen is that most drivers calculate the speed of approach for a curve after they have reached the apex of the curve. In places where multiple curved exist, this is troublesome. And then they brake at the apex, resulting in a jerky ride, a gear shift and wasted fuel.


With this method, you know what the bend looks like. This is the sort of knowledge which daily drivers have on these roads. then you can brake, shift or even accelerate accordingly to the bend ahead.


Take a look at this bend-set. would you know that U shape before you take the first one to the right and then passing the smaller ones? If I was going in this spot, I’d stop overtaking others altogether, and start slowing down. Take the map off and visualize the bend. All you see is a left trun! And imagine this in the night.!

Hope you guys got my point. But remember, you need to

1. Keep you eyes on the road. NOT on the map. Just peek on it for several milliseconds.

2. Keep the device level with your vision. Never keep it anywhere you need to turn or lower your head to look at it.

3. Setup the system BEFORE you go.

4. Always keep in mind that the map might be wrong. use it to take a hint. Don’t try to drive the shown path

5. Use common sense (yeah right!)

Note: if you see the blue navigation path off from the yellow/white road, the road is probably right. Gmaps updates itself in stages, and when someone corrects the road, the navigation takes time to update. So the navigation layer might show old data.

If you see that some of the parts you drove was drawn wrong, go to and correct it!


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The Little green bot

After a long long time, something came up to post. :D

I was able to publish my first android application yesterday. It isn't an advanced app. And in fact, it was the very first app that I used to learn android programming. When I purchased the market publisher account, I didn't have any app to publish.
So what I did was, I re-did the whole thing at home since my original program was in the office laptop. The older version I did just had text boxes so that users need to enter text.

But after several office Java projects and Android learning of my own helped to revamp the UI a bit and I got it compiled.

You can check it out at


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