As a mischievous kid, my mother directed my energy towards music, art and activities like trekking and mountaineering. I enjoyed the treks and it would give me immense joy and happiness amidst nature. Cherishing music, I was also part of a music band. During the course of my education, I initially studied engineering for a year. I often felt disillusioned seeing that engineering was more about theoretical learning than practical training, which wasn’t exciting enough for me. So, I decided to switch to medicine.
I began studying M.B.B.S. at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. With high-levels of stress and work load, there were moments of great difficulty. However, music came to my rescue in dealing with stress and all its excess baggage. As soon as I completed M.B.B.S., I was commissioned in the Indian Army. I served in Kashmir and the Siachen Glacier. 7 years of service in the army taught me a lot about life. It helped me grow as a person. I was the only doctor amongst 1000 to 1500 army men and Kashmir being one of the most sensitive zones, I have seen difficult days.
There were days when I didn’t sleep or eat for 72 hours straight, but what kept be motivated was the satisfaction of successfully treating my patients. Being in army taught me to tackle difficult situations calmly and to never give up no matter how tough the situation gets. As of now I am pursuing my post-graduation in general surgery. My mother and my family have always been very supportive of my decisions. What keeps me going even after so much work-load is my love for what I do and the satisfaction I receive with being able to cure my patients successfully. Following your passion and loving the work that you do will always bring you true happiness. So, never be serious, be sincere.