Professional satisfaction, hard work, elation! Dear Pharmainfo.net friends and future participants in Skills Test 2011, Good day to you all. I want to share my feelings and thoughts on the competition that we all went through in the last several months. On the whole the feelings that fill me when I think of Skills Test 2010 are feelings of professional satisfaction and elation. What quickly comes to my mind is the hard work that we had to put in to prepare materials for the different blogs. From the beginning our team (ATHARVANA)'s main idea was that we must contribute in a significant manner and that our presence on the platform must make a clear difference. We must write blogs in such a manner that those who read them must get a clear advantage in terms of knowledge and clarity of concept. With this objective we used to sit as a team and discuss. I think I can claim that I was never "authoritarian" in our team's meetings or discussions. Niklesh, Santosh and Kranthi, all used to contribute to the discussion on topics, strategies and plans. We used to meet about once in ten days. I used to allocate the work and everyone was very prompt and attentive to the work on hand. Overall I enjoyed the team play. I also enjoyed the way my students learned and I learnt a few things and techniques from them. I enjoyed the tension that was generated when we had deadlines to meet. I learnt the skills involved in speaking a piece, recording it, sending it to somebody and listening it again. Now I have a lot of professional satisfaction that I have contributed on some relevant topics to the site of Pharmainfo.net. I remember with happiness that I could do the hard work that was necessary to write the blogs. When the questioning races were started, I could participate once but later I could not participate because there were many things on my agenda at the time. The feeling is one of elation, because I could fulfill all the requirements of the test. When I think over the days of Skills Test 2010, I remember many days and nights of pouring over books. I remember feeling wonderful when Niklesh prepared our audio recordings very well and I remember feeling very happy that Kranthi is attending excellently to the blogs of all the people and making relevant comments.But two incidents clearly stand out in my mind's eye, one is of profound happiness, another is of great disappointment. First let me narrate the happy one. In one particular month, students prepared their materials and sent them to me but I was not finding the time to go over them. Finally, one night, I sat late into the night and corrected them one after the other and mailed them to my students. It was nearly 12 o clock in the night when I finished. My nephew, who was watching all this, commented, "I don't think anybody works like you." I told him that our students work hard. He said "I do not believe that. Your students will look at your mails tomorrow morning." Next day morning I opened the Pharmainfo.net website early in the morning at around 5 am, to find that Santosh, to whom I sent the mail at 12 o clock, kept the blog in the site only a few minutes later. I felt very very happy when I understood that my student was awake at that time and was eagerly waiting for my mail, though I did not tell him that I was going to send it on that day. I woke up my nephew and told him about this. Then he said, "may be, your students are like that, no one else is like that." I want to say something here; when we do our work very well, then we feel very very happy. Now let me tell about the unhappy thing. I have been teaching drug interactions since many years and I collected a lot of information on it but I lost many articles that I collected. So on one rainy day, I and Santosh, we went to our AU main library. I showed him the journals in which we have to look for the material and we both searched methodically. After about an hour's search, in one volume of the journal titled, American Pharmacy, we found the title "Drug interactions in NSAIDs", and the index told the page number to be 54. My joy knew no bounds, as I was thinking that I could show Santosh what I used to teach a few years ago. But to our utter consternation and disappointment, at the page 54, the pages containing the article were neatly cut off with a blade. I was really disappointed and it rankled in my heart throughout that day. Things like this should not happen. We are all academic people and we must behave with great responsibility, integrity and sincerity. Well, Pharmainfo.net has given us a chance to showcase our skills, and I want to thank Pharmainfo.net for it. I interacted with all the other leaders and learners and made comments. We shared many discussions. It was always educative in nature. I thank all the participants, I thank the critics and I thank Khan sir. Finally, our team's three idiots, made 2010, a very challenging and "happening" year for me, I appreciate them all for all of this. Vijaya Ratna This blog does not contain any plagiarised material.