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Not So Ugly People

By raid
 Dr. Kazi Mobin-Uddin

I wanted to post this Obituary (link at the bottom) for others to read but couldn't find the time...but then, after reading some of the obscene JEs that have been cropping up on naseeb lately, i figured, what better place than here, what better time than now (ya, that's my Rage reference...too bad I can't put that as the soundtrack to this JE).

Some of the stuff on Ghost's JEs (which happens to be nothing more than a bait to get a reaction) was quite disturbing. And then came the Ugly People JE. Disturbing? That's putting it mildly. Women (and some guys) whom I thought level-headed and respectful ... engaging in verbal fisticuffs that would put to shame the vixens on "The Days of our Lives". Really makes you wonder if the title of the JE isn't somehow right on the mark...Us Desi folks can be pretty ugly to each other.

Well, in any case, the main point of this JE is about a remarkable individual I came across over the course of researching for a presentation on "IV Filters" (bear with my randomness for a bit). These Filters are little Net-like, metallic devices placed in the Inverior Vena Cava (the largest blood vessel that takes blood back from your legs to your heart). They function to stop large blood clots from your legs from reaching the lungs in sick people (and causing massive damage...oftentimes leading to death). So I happened to notice that the very first such filter to be devised and used (in 1973) was called the Mobin-Uddin Filter. That name sounded awfully desi to me, so upon some more researching, I discovered that the founder of this device was indeed a desi: the late Vascular Surgeon, Dr. Kazi Mobin-Uddin (1930-1999).

Now, Dr. Mobin-Uddin's device was eventually replaced with better, more functional devices...and perhaps it's hard for non-medical people to understand the significance of his revolutionary discovery...But let me tell you, the idea of putting a permanent foreign object inside a blood vessel was just simply, psychotically brilliant for his time.

Dr. Mobin-Uddin did his medical school in Pakistan. He went on to complete his education in the West and his many discoveries were made possible by the resources made available to him by the West. However, he was a son of Pakistan and a Muslim like most of us on this site. And this brings me back to my initial topic about Ugly people.

This site often reminds me of how ugly our kind can be...and i'm not talking about physical characteristics here. But it doesn't take much for me to be reminded of how beautiful most of us can be...and are. I only have to look at people like Dr. Mobin-Uddin to rejuvenate my confidence in our kind.

P.S. Sorry for the cheese factor.

P.P.S FIG! I detest (internally) Ugly people (that 'fig' was for you, my favorite toon bud)


And here's the Remarkable Obituary for Dr. Mobin-Uddin, b/c i know you ppl are just dying to read it: download.journals.elsevierhealth.com

   Comments: 90     Raters: 29     October 17, 2008 at 11:14pm         


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natashany (October 21, 2008 at 7:11pm)
Hydrofoild (October 21, 2008 at 6:01pm)
you have a "wery gen-you-whine, natural desi accent, only..."

that's how they say it :P
Musings (October 21, 2008 at 5:25pm)
Hey Hey now!! I don't even have to imitate a desi accent. I have a very genuine, natural desi accent. :P
raid (October 20, 2008 at 7:02pm)
Hey dude, thanks for the link. That's the optho gadget I was referring to in an earlier comment. It's quite remarkable.
MysterAsif (October 20, 2008 at 3:53pm)
Check out Ahmed Glaucoma valve www.ahmedvalve.com
raid (October 19, 2008 at 10:23pm)
And when you do this, do you imitate a desi accent? And what number do I call to confirm this fobbiness you speak of?
Musings (October 19, 2008 at 10:19pm)
Raid: Yes, yes I do....I work in their phone customer service department saying hi my name is mary and how can I help you?
raid (October 19, 2008 at 5:46pm)
oh hey muazza...how could i forget, you probably put in a ton of these things...probably removable ones?

So you are an interventional radiologist? that's awesome...Rad is by far one of the hardest specialty to get into here in Canada. And IVR guys work like horses...non-stop with an immense caseload.
raid (October 18, 2008 at 10:56pm)
Seems like there's going to be a mad rush to subscribe to that Geo channel....are you sure, you don't work for them, musings?
mindot (October 18, 2008 at 10:54pm)
Oh wow! Uzzie's wedding was on TV? That means we must be on too!

raid (October 18, 2008 at 10:51pm)
Musings - sounds like a plan...Next time i'm having coffee with my friend, I'm sure you'll be there.

I've seen pics of Uzma's wedding here and there...and i've to agree...the bride and groom look outstanding.
missmoti86 (October 18, 2008 at 10:48pm)
Uzma's wedding on TV. Wow! cooool.
Musings (October 18, 2008 at 10:45pm)
Raid: Your friend sounds cool, you must introduce us.

As for Uzma, I was watching Geo and they had this show on Safeer E Pakistan. They were showing clips from a wedding and it was actually Uzma's wedding. :) btw Uzma, mashaAllah you looked amazing.
raid (October 18, 2008 at 10:23pm)
bachi - buddha kissay keh rahi ho? you know i love you...like my choti behen.
raid (October 18, 2008 at 10:12pm)
haha...choti, you started it.
raid (October 18, 2008 at 10:09pm)
Um...you want to get naked? Cuz: ?Bare with me? would be an invitation to undress.
raid (October 18, 2008 at 8:05pm)
thanks dude.
raid (October 18, 2008 at 7:07pm)
Musings - haha...i like to throw in a few inside jokes here and there as a shoutout to people I like. I happened to be talking to a friend last night and this person is the one who kinda gave me the idea to write this based on the person's disgust with the current state of naseeb. This person's pretty cool...in a nerdy way...you should meet 'em.

And what's this about Uzma on TV?

HeyThere - Thanks.
Musings (October 18, 2008 at 5:42pm)
Raid: Wow thanks for sharing that. And as much ugliness there is out there, sometimes we all need a reminder, be it someone who does a great thing....or people who do lots of little good things.

And what's with the inside jokes? Way to leave us all out of the loop. :P

Uzma: I saw you on tv today. :)
heythere (October 18, 2008 at 4:13pm)
Good to know this, thanks for posting
5 stars