I have lived/worked/studied in a few different places, and these are 3 main things that have added great value to my life in all these different contexts -

Think I maybe started this in my 8th or 9th standard, and I’ve filled quite a few notebooks since. I’ve never really gone back to read them — that was not their purpose, and I’m not sure I ever want to! But they’ve been so great to help me work through my thoughts and emotions, or often to just note down the things I’m grateful for. …


This month, me and my husband have marked our 10th year wedding anniversary, and I’m going to make this entry about how my career has (or rather hasn’t) progressed in this time!

Thinking back to my school days, I would say I was pretty ambitious. I took school seriously, consistently got good grades, and worked hard to get into medical college. My ambition to make a big career lasted through med school I think and well beyond, all the way to when I got married, actually! …


I started writing this on 23rd March 2021, our National Day of Reflection here in the UK. It marks the anniversary of our first national lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I thought I should make this entry about some of my reflections of the past 12 months.

In one way or another, COVID-19 has touched all of our lives. So many people have died, leaving families devastated by loss. So many others have been unwell with the virus and continue to struggle with Long COVID or post-acute sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), as experts have recently termed it…


I love reading with my children and I love the books we read/listen to together. We recently finished ‘The Puffin Book of Big Dreams’, and here are some big ideas from the book that I noted down as things for me to aspire to. I am sharing with the hope that others reading may also find inspiration from some of these dreams…

Aim to do something worthy of a standing ovation

Aim to make your work/your life be a part of a learning curriculum

Make your name worthwhile, maybe through a distinguished service to the world in some way

Finally, just make sure when your dream does come true, to stop a while and live it!


I read the following quote on Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich: “Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it”, and for some reason this has stayed with me. I think the quote suggests that deeds, as opposed to words, are what really count, and I do see the truth in that. But while I am only telling the world of my research intent (and quite vaguely at that) through this post, I am also seeing my write-up as an output in itself — the post serves to document my thoughts at this point in time…


If anyone can be labelled as ‘prepared for lockdown’, it should be me. I attended a workshop on creating memes this week, and I made this image to sort of express this…

My thesis write-up just did not go according to plan — I had all my data collected and most of the analyses completed before I had my first child; then I had second one 2 years later. This meant that while I should have had my PhD wrapped up by the end of 2017, I have only finished it in 2020! In fact, I think the lockdown actually…


I have 2 main objectives in starting this series of stories:

After 7 years, I have now completed all the requirements for my research degree, and ready to graduate (once again) in the midst of a global pandemic. I completed my Masters in 2009 during the H1N1 pandemic — my parents could still attend my graduation then; only there were no handshakes at the graduation ceremony. …

Aishwarya Vidyasagaran

Public health researcher and a busy mum of two cheeky chops

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