“You have to do it, Damn’it…” roared the boss… I held the scalpel with trembling hands… I moved forward after dropping the scalpel on the floor, looking stupid and clumsy. “Sister give him another knife…” - My maiden attempt to cut open a live human… a surgeon was born.
It has taken 80 years of perspicacity to be able to pen a literary vision of my life - The life of a boy born in 1939 rising from a self-effacing family and his journey of becoming a successful surgeon ahead surviving the challenging generational ideologies. This classic collection of true life stories is a real flight of struggle and love of 3 generations with humorous anecdotes in school and medical college representing spectacular scene in real life.
It is a true extraordinary account of a doctor’s life and each page will make you smile, cry or think!
Born in 1939 near Sialkot of Undivided India in an average family, I was always a brilliant student topping in class. My father was a pharmacist in jail department and was educated, intelligent and so was my mother. I studied at DAV college Ambala, topped and joined medical college Amritsar. I got surgical training at Patiala and my Master’s degree. Joined teaching job at Rohtak and then in Govt. hospitals for 15 years at Sunder Nagar HP, Ambala City and Cantt and resigned in 1978 to settle in private practice.
I was married in 1968 having 2 daughters and a son, who are all highly placed as doctors. The present book is my true life story from 1939 to 1980, my adventures with the knife and interactions with bosses, subordinates and patients. My life has been very eventful both as a surgeon and otherwise I have received several awards for meritorious work guided always by conscience. I got a rare distinction of getting a scroll of honour – Samman Patra from Income Tax department in 2000 and life time achievement award from Govt. of Haryana in 2021. I have been life member of about a dozen professional and social organization. I have several hobbies – playing golf, music, singing, poetry, painting and talking to my children and grand children.
My wife Kamal is like a shadow and is really my better half – knows more about me than I know about myself. I cannot think of a life without her.