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20 pieces of advice from Professor of Pathology to his only Daughter

Dr  Sampurna Roy  MD



"Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a DAD"


My Father is my biggest inspiration in everything I do in my life. He is just awesome. Before starting my writing project, he gave me some solid advice which I want to share with my readers. Fortunately, many of my readers are also my Father's ex students. They can easily identify with this post.


20 pieces of advice from my Father

1) Take care of your health. You cannot achieve anything if you are not physically fit. Wake up every morning with the desire to start something new.

2) Taking time out to do something different is a privilege. If you still feel stressed and overworked, you are doing it for the wrong reasons. Ask yourself why you need to do this? If you like the answer go ahead and do it.

3) Write only when you are in a relaxed and happy mood.

4) Choose a quiet place. Switch off loud and annoying music when you are thinking or trying to create something new and different.

5) Stop complaining, grumbling and asking for help for every small problem.

6) If you are unable to concentrate on a topic, it means you are not sure of it or distracted for all the wrong reasons. Stop writing immediately. Go for a walk or take a nap.

7) You are the boss of the project. Are you thinking like a boss?  Make a set of strict rules and stick to them. Break large tasks into smaller achievable tasks.

8) When you write on a topic be concise and highlight useful facts. Nobody has the time to read long-winded and boring essay. It is all written in the pathology text books. 

9) Learn to draw neat diagrams. Any post on pathology without photographs is useless.

10) Pathology is  a "global" subject. It is a small, flat world and everyone knows each other directly or indirectly. We have real life friends all over the world and they are watching. Think carefully before you choose any topic. Be a honest, sincere and a good netizen.

11) Prepare to make some sacrifices. There will be changes in your personal and professional life. Don't completely cut off every form of recreation.

12) Use your intuition to select friends who will uplift and encourage you. Family cannot take the place of a group of like-minded, trustworthy friends.

13) I will not advise you on social media because I don't use it. You are a social media addict. Hope you are using it with a positive attitude.

14) Don't be selfish, sarcastic, rude or self obsessed. Try to be polite and helpful whenever possible.

15)  Avoid sounding superior and condescending. The tone you write in will reflect your personality.  Always thank those who send you e-mail with feedback.

16) Don't give your mobile phone number to strangers. I'm sure you don't want flood of phone calls when you are in the middle of writing.

17) Writing a post is easy but editing and selecting an appropriate headline is difficult.

18) Be prepared to learn new things everyday. Being a geeky doctor is tough but not impossible. Negative feedback is very useful for further improvement.

19) You have selected the right niche. Now regularly create something useful. I know you can do it.

20) No, you cannot manipulate your father to give you ideas or proofread your posts. Ask your trusted team of friends or hire someone.

Good luck.

Those were 20 pieces of advice from my precious Dad.



Prof Director Dr H Roy  in 1994

His Mentor was Prof Vulimiri Ramalingaswami



A Daughter may outgrow your lap but she will never outgrow your heart.

"Happy Father's Day"





Dr  Sampurna Roy  MD

Consultant  Histopathologist (Kolkata - India)







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