A Day in the Life of…..

‘Rolling the dough is my favourite part of the job’ that’s what Massom Ali Khan, a baker by profession says to Journalist Alison Saldanha in her article. http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/PUBLICATIONS/HT/HM/2011/04/24/ArticleHtmls/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-baker-24042011012003.shtml?Mode=1

‘A day in the life of’ is a weekly feature published in the the HINDUSATN TIMES every Sunday in the Mumbai local section on the THINK!  Page.  The weekly feature explores the lives of those unseen Mumbaities essential to our day.

As an occupational therapy student during my undergraduate days, work analysis use to be a tough task. Interviewing the patient about the details of how he spends a normal day in his life and then analysing and appraising the detailed history and planning an occupational therapy programme around the obtained data.

But it is through this I understood the importance of knowing the number of stairs a patient with a cardiac condition had to climb to reach his home, how frequently did a patient with a cumulative trauma disorder took breaks from the computer operation or Whether an individual loved Hindi ghazals or the masala Bollywood movies as his favorite past time.

Sanjay Jumbekar, a 58 year old man working as ‘a police photographer’ says ‘”My day usually begins at 9:30 am, unless there is an incident in the wee hours. If there is a murder, robbery or housebreaking, I rush to the spot to capture the scene while it is still fresh”

The articles in this section mention about the stressor particular to their work, whets the best part of their job, the working hours, the social and emotional components involved and how their families get affected because of their profession.

These articles are an informative read for us as Occupational therapist to understand an individual’s perspective about various  profession in India.

Here are some of the articles:-

A day in the life of a MAID:-

http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/PUBLICATIONS/HT/HM/2011/04/10/ArticleHtmls/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-maid-10042011010004.shtml?Mode=1

A day in the life of a Milkman:-

http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/PUBLICATIONS/HT/HM/2010/10/10/ArticleHtmls/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-milkman-10102010014003.shtml?Mode=1                                                                                                                                                                                                       Happy occupational reading……