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As a new graduate completing my residency, I was fortunate enough to land a job as the Center Director of a medical referral practice and that meant I got involved with hiring optometry staff. While exciting, this new responsibility meant that I was solely charged with facing the challenges of staff management, and therefore, immediately thrown into interviewing any potential new hires. Thankfully, three years later, interviewing candidates and hiring optometry staff has become much more second nature. Approach this as if the applicant is on the clock from the minute you call them.

Additionally, pay attention to grammar and politeness. Use this time to speak with the applicant about his or her resume and ask any surface questions that you feel will help you make your final decision. A shy and passive candidate may find it difficult to talk to your patients, especially if a patient is disgruntled.

However, a more reserved employee may thrive in data entry positions such as a billing and coding specialist. An ophthalmic technician must be friendly as he or she will interact with your patients a great deal, but must also be detail-oriented. So how do you figure out what kind of attributes an interviewee brings to the table?

If he or she seems extremely uncomfortable or quiet, a front desk role may not be appropriate. Work experience will give you an idea of how he or she handles challenges. An excellent candidate will always arrive early, appear professionally dressed and groomed, and exhibit a positive behavior. Additionally, candidates should not exhibit an air of entitlement or come across as if they assume the job is already theirs.

A table usually doesn't. Myridon , Oct 8, But neither of the "how things are" sentences in 1 is a common English saying, or a common English metaphor. I have never heard either of them. In your example you compare being a student and being a teacher. Is there a "fence" between students and teachers? Is there a "table" between students and teachers? I don't think these metaphors "work" are clear; are understandable. She has been living and working in England since as a Paediatrician. She has a special affinity for epistolary novels as well as novels written as journals and diaries like 'Diary of a Provincial Lady' by E.

Besides these, she takes special interest in novels with medical themes such as 'A Country Doctor's Notebook' by Mikhail Bulgakov. Her message to the readers as a doctor is to never take health for granted. Also read on http: Mar 14, Adiba rated it it was amazing. Crisp and is everything that it claims to be, you read the letters like your own, are involved in their life, hint of suspense as to what the next letter might be.

Jan 09, Fatima JAX rated it it was amazing. A well written and yet another letter-writing theme novel I read after "The Perks of being a wallflower". It is nothing better than to lose yourself in a good book. This book exactly did that to me.

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I would definitely recommend this to everyone. Feb 26, Vivek Tejuja rated it really liked it. There are some books you never thought you would read and when you do, you are only too glad that you did. There have been plenty of such books in my life. They make an appearance when not known to me at all, I may start reading a while later, however when I do, I wonder why I did not earlier. They leave an impression so vivid that I know I will reread the book. It is almost like food you never liked and somehow it seems to grow on you so much that you relish it. This has happened to me quite la There are some books you never thought you would read and when you do, you are only too glad that you did.

I never liked novels written in the form of letters. Somehow it did not work for me at all.

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I tried reading 86 Charing Cross Road, liked it a little and some more, but just left it at that. There have been other books, on similar lines which I did not love or want to go back to. It is not that I do not like reading letters, however reading them in a book format, more so when fictional, does not cut it for me.

Uma and Abhi almost got into my skin while reading this book. This book also reminded me of it to a very large extent. Uma and Abhi are childhood friends. It is surprising that they are childhood friends considering Uma is younger by 10 years and yet that does not matter. The letters are written from to and reflect almost everything about those years. Abhi is a surgeon in London. Uma is studying medicine in Calcutta. That in short is the premise of the story. Why did I love this book compared to the others? I loved the way it was written.

At no point, as a reader was I bored and at the same time, I did not feel that the book was way too sentimental, given what happens later which I will not reveal.

The writing is easy and does not veer into medical terms which it could have that the reader might not understand. Off late, I have started reading a lot of Indian fiction and it is suiting me just fine. A read that will for sure leave you with a smile on your face and maybe that is most required in times such as these. Feb 25, Maryann rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I couldn't stop looking at how the London Bridge was reflected in the waters of the Hooghly under the Howrah Bridge, to the point that it was turning out to be rather difficult to tear my eyes away from the cover and get between the covers.

But then they all lack the beauty and intimacy of a hand written letter. The Other Side of the Table by Madhumita Mukherjee is a beautifully haunting book in the form of letters between two friends- Abhi, who is training to be a neurosurgeon in London and Uma, who is just entering the world of medicine in Calcutta. Each letter acts like a new chapter and leads you on beautifully. Abhi is older than Uma and is already an established surgeon and Uma, who has just entered medical college is a keen student and is determined to shine.

Through the book we see Uma mature from a girl to a woman and Abhi enter a more serious and somber stage of his life. The correspondence between Abhi and Uma, which spans ten years, gives us a picture of their friendship, their frankness and how vocal and comfortable they are with each other, taking advice from each other on matters pertaining to life, their careers, relationships, marriage, love and sex.

As the book progresses, one sees Abhi and Uma go through defining moments in their lives; marriage, difficult relationships, heartbreak, challenges at the workplace and a critical illness. What I also loved was how we see Uma evolve from a headstrong and stubborn girl to a woman who has tasted heartbreak and defeat and taken it in her stride and moved on and how Abhi, emerges from being a carefree and breezy young man to someone with deeper realizations about life and his purpose and values. This is a book which doesn't leave you even after you've turned the last page and whose characters you begin to miss because they'd begun to feel like friends.

Heartbreaking, yet heart-warming, a beautifully told story; highly recommended. This is a book review requested by the publisher Feb 13, Ramya Idea Smith rated it it was amazing. The story is told entirely through letters between two people. Letter-writing isn't just a lot art, it's a lost form of conversations. Time is the punctuation for those familiar with the language of letters.

Because of the time that lapses in between, people's lives move on. Every new letter is both a re vIf you've ever been a letter-writer, you will love this book. Every new letter is both a response to the previous and the beginning of a new chapter. Thus letters are like milestones on life's journey, rather than parts of conversation. No wonder, as the book says, "We have been storytellers, chroniclers and witnesses of each other's lives.

Abhimanyu is her older friend, already a successful doctor, who advises her, challenges her idealism and acts as a sounding board through her growing-up pains. Over time, Uma matures to being more of an equal to Abhi just as he enters the second stage of adulthood - questioning his purpose, settling his values etc. Through a correspondance spanning ten years, we see fatal illnesses, marriage and heartbreak.

The voices of the two main characters come through distinctly even as they evolve with the various life-changing situations they each experience. I loved the two characters and how their evolution occurs through the book - Uma's naivete, then disillusionment, defeat, resignation, acceptance and renewal and Abhi's breeziness, flightiness, crash landing, devastation, darkness and renewal. It's a lovely story told well. Mar 06, Bhargavi Balachandran rated it really liked it Shelves: There are books that will cry hoarse and demand you to pick them up , and there are the unassuming ones that will quietly work their magic on you.

Before you reach the last page of the book , it would have successfully cast a spell on you. The Other Side of The Table belongs to the second variety. I have always loved reading epistolary books ; this books hasn't disappointed me as well. Letters fly back and forth Abhi, who is a neurosurgeon based in London and Uma, a feisty girl stepping into th There are books that will cry hoarse and demand you to pick them up , and there are the unassuming ones that will quietly work their magic on you. Letters fly back and forth Abhi, who is a neurosurgeon based in London and Uma, a feisty girl stepping into the world of medicine in Kolkatta.

What do they write about? Madhumita has done a great job in capturing the essence of both the characters through the letters they pen. Uma who appears rather immature and impetuous at the beginning mellows into a resilient woman as things get tough at work and with her domestic front. Abhi , who initially comes across as a level-headed intelligent chap turns pessimistic when he gets ill. Lovers lost , disappointments faced, new achievements conquered - the letters tell them all.

The language is lovely and the editing taut. Despite being an erudite piece of fiction, the book is amazingly easy to read and not pretentious one bit. The pace is just right and will keep you hooked till the end. I read this book in not more than two stretches , and wanted to sorely get back to the book when I couldn't read it in-between.

Which is why I think that this is a rather good book , as not many books make you want to drop everything else you are doing and get back to them pronto.

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Overall, a thought provoking book that will weave its magic on you. Feb 14, Sankarshan rated it liked it Shelves: I'd like to put this upfront - I didn't purchase the copy. It was graciously sent over by Arcopol from Fingerprint. Letter writing is so much intimate and quaint that it requires a reasonable grasp of the voices of the characters to be able to pull off a book that chronicles a decade of letters - "We have been storytellers, chroniclers, and witnesses of each other's lives. You have been truth-teller and soothsayer, critic and fan, confidante and sounding board.

Often everything, never nothing. And, while it stutters a bit initially "hand-pulled rickshaws tinkle" , it settles into a cadence of human emotions. A back and forth of the daily joys and hurts and, often the uncertainty of decisions. A very neat device is to keep an eye out for how the letters are signed off. I read the book through an afternoon.

And, while it is not the best method of judging it, I was left with a feeling that the editor could have tweaked things a bit. There is the standard "length of letter" feel that makes it a plod for a small portion. It is a good first book if that is what it is. A much better effort than most of the "first" ones that are available. I'd love to read more from the author. Nov 20, Smitha rated it really liked it Shelves: A very simple and poignant story told via letters shared by friends living in 2 continents.

Uma , at the beginning is an aspiring medical student, who later completes her course, does her post graduation and survives many upheavals. Abhi is an orphan , 10 years her senior and already a neurosurgeon practising in London.

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They share their lives via letters. I was so, so astonished to see that her thoughts and actions eerily paralleled mine. It was as if the writer accessed my thoughts and emotions A very simple and poignant story told via letters shared by friends living in 2 continents. It was as if the writer accessed my thoughts and emotions. Thankful to say that I had a better deal in life.

But if I were in her shoes, I would have behaved the same. This is a must read for all Indian females males too , especially if they are in the medical profession. The views on love, friendship , marriage and expectations are really really pertinent to the Indian setup. Apr 11, Ankita rated it really liked it Shelves: To be a doctor is to be an intermediary between man and GOD.

Doctor is one of the word that holds the power to scare me, well not particularly Doctors but the Hospital environment, it always makes me dizzy, all the emotions rolling around makes me nostalgic, It makes me wonder how Doctors control themselves but the answer is simple, their only motive is to save "To be a doctor, then, means, much more than to dispense pills r tpo patch up or repair torn flesh and shatter minds.

Doctor is one of the word that holds the power to scare me, well not particularly Doctors but the Hospital environment, it always makes me dizzy, all the emotions rolling around makes me nostalgic, It makes me wonder how Doctors control themselves but the answer is simple, their only motive is to save lives.. That's why I have a huge respect for Doctors for working so brilliantly. I don't remember when was the last time I wrote a letter, well I write it every year when I send rakhi to all my cousins but I don't wait up for their reply, I talk to then so I don't have any memory of writing an actual letter, probably when I was little and my Mum made me write one to my family members or something.

So when I read the summary of this book I was part intrigued by the two and fro letter conversation and part worried that will it be able to Invoke emotions?? Will there be proper story?? A whole book Filled with letter!! But then as the Summary of the books speaks, these are not mere letters, these are the letters that talk, that narrates a story more radiantly then you can imagine. Letters are not like emails where you just write something or ask something and there is an instant reply. A letter takes one's patience, builds up the excitement to receive the reply, it is more substantial, more real, even though it may take around 20 days to reach the other person especially when they are living overseas.

A letter keeps you going, it is something to treasure. This is what I felt when I think back of the story. Uma is now a beautiful young lady stepping into medical collede in Kolkata. Uma, A girl with braces and pigtails, that's how Abhi, her next door neighbor, now a neurosurgeon in London remembers her.

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The first letter is written in , from Abhi to Uma, and in opening lines I am introduced to Brain, in rather a beautiful manner. As time went by, there letters become more deeper and rooted, they are filled with every significant detail, their dilemmas, their happy or sad moments of life, in a way these letters are part of their lives.

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Uma and Abhi are two people who can always count on each other, through a leaf of paper Abhi is with her through her first heartbreak, her wedding, her ups and down in career. And Uma is with Abhi all throughout his difficult or successful times "Diagnosis: I am in Love with him. More time with him and big dollops of love. If still not better, more love.

They pour their hearts in those letters. I like the way they address a situation in medical terms, I could pick any latter any line and will know it's written by a doctor. It's a commendable job done by The debut author, she kept the essence of the story intact and their characters are always in sync. Those letters are the reflection of their lives.