Yellow

Whenever we admit an especially nice patient to the hospital whose diagnosis seems worrisome and somewhat elusive, we assume the worst — cancer. Of course this has no scientific basis whatsoever; it is simply the experience that all of us have collectively had throughout our training. Such is the case with a patient I admitted…

Red Baraat: a bhangra brass band!

As we strolled along Frenchmen Street last weekend, I overheard the words “Indian funk brass band” and immediately turned around to learn more. That night, Blue Nile was hosting Red Baraat, a diverse band that fuses the contagious energy of bhangra music with the joyful shake-your-hips sound of the brass bands of New Orleans, the…

Philly Friends Meet New Orleans Carnival

This year’s Mardi Gras marks the third consecutive season for me. As a resident living in New Orleans, it is easy to look forward to the revelry and good cheer surrounding this joyous time. While the rest of the country slows down their celebrations after New Year’s, NOLA keeps its spirits energized for a few…

Mardi Gras!

I cannot believe Mardi Gras is upon us again! Memories of last year’s festivities are still fresh; it was especially unique in that it was my husband’s first Mardi Gras. The weeks of parades, catching beads and trinkets (all in good clean fun, unless you’re on Bourbon Street of course), the crazy and colorful costumes…

The Nutcracker

For a very long time, I have been wanting to see a live symphony or ballet performance. Although I have studied only a minute fraction of the history of classical music and art, I have a great appreciation for the technical skill and discipline of classical musicians and ballet dancers. There is nothing like hearing…

Festivals Galore

This past week has been jam-packed with festivals! New Orleans itself is known for its myriad of fun and quirky festivals ranging from those in honor of tomatoes, oysters, mirlitons, and swamps to film, music, art, and wine. The city does not need an excuse to host a party and a parade! ¬†Last weekend I…

Three

Being a medical student in North Philadelphia and then going on to residency in New Orleans have shaped my view of medicine and the vast injustices people face. Most of my clinical rotations in medical school dealt with the underserved and uninsured population. These are hands down the most challenging patients to treat for reasons…

Frankenstorm is No Halloween Treat

Exactly two months after Hurricane Isaac made landfall in New Orleans, Hurricane Sandy is fast approaching the northeastern U.S. coast. This past weekend, my husband and I were visiting home in Philadelphia where it seemed like deja vu; the news was monopolized by hurricane coverage. Video clips of empty grocery store shelves, long lines, school…

The Drunken Reveler

Wine and cheese are a favorite combination around the world. In any major city, people enjoy sitting down with a glass of wine (red has always been my preference!) and a selection of cheeses and warm breads. I recently visited a wine shop cleverly christened¬†Swirl for a casual meeting to discuss casual topics such as…

Oak Alley

Like many southern states, Louisiana’s history is rich with plantations and estates. The lands are kept well-maintained and open for visitors to tour. One (very, very) hot summer day last August, my husband and I visited the historic grounds and Antebellum mansion at Oak Alley Plantation. Located on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Almost one full year ago, a good friend and coworker invited me and an interviewing applicant to view William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Somehow, I had gone through all of high school and college without having to read more than one or two of Shakespeare’s plays. Unfortunately, this was not one of them! Feeling…

The Aboveground Work of an Underground World

Street art is absolutely fascinating. I never paid attention to the strange creativity of it until I moved to New Orleans and noticed the words “You Go Girl” graffitied onto a small patch of a building, something that could easily go unnoticed, during my first year of residency. On any given day when I would…