Page 14 - XIV - My Daily Routine during my whole period of pursuit of learning , specifically from 1939 to 1955 - To rise from overnight mattress before the Sun rose in the East and at the first crowing of cockerel , have a bath , and have my breakfast consisting of overnight unrefrigerated cooked rice preserved in a cool earthen pot , mix it with butter milk and enjoy the breakfast with mango pi...ckle - no early morning milk or coffee - first time I had coffee was when I am 18 years of age . My school dress , no particular uniform , but a simple clean khaki nicker ( half trouser above the knees ) and a white half sleeve shirt , no foot wear till I was 18 years and carry a load of books in/by hand - no back pack , never had one ; walk to school till I am half way through of completing my Medical MBBS Degree . My learning process was in stages - I. First stage from 1939 to 1944 - name it what you like - pre school , kindergarten , Montessori , Private , Elementary . II. Second stage from 1944 to 1949 - Middle cum High School ; III. Third stage from 1949 to 1952 - preparatory pre-medical college education ; IV. Fourth stage from 1952 to 1958 - Medical MBBS Degree ; V. Fifth Stage from 1959 to 1962 - Post Graduate Medical Course - MS General Surgery ; VI. Sixth stage from 1962 to 1968 - work cum study abroad - FRCS . VII. Seventh stage from 1968 to 1970 - work , study , travel - FICS , ECFMG . VIII. Eighth stage 1995 - 1997 Gerontology - IX. Ninth and now in my final stage continuing my being a life long student and recognizing what I have learned is a drop in the ocean of knowledge - I am neither trying to boast nor trying to be modest , but me I was arrogant when I knew very little and now I feel ignorant - so friends that is a bird's eye view of my learning process and let me go back to my first stage and start at the very beginning - is it like a game of snakes and ladders ? No I don't think so - let me take a deep breath and I will be with you all forthwith ----- bala Krishna murthy .