Prescription for success

Prescription for success

And so can you

Author           Dr.Roopleen

Publisher      power publisher

ISBN               978-93-86526-78-6

Cover design            inkbugdesigns.

The book claims to the stories behind the lives of a few successful doctors. Their journey’s and what guided them and what drove them along the way despite challenges.

“And so you can” somehow came across as oh! These people were not meant to succeed, yet they did. Which implies, that you are entitled so you can.The result was I started reading the book with reservations.

The format of the book is very medical college case presentation like, the history of the person where he came from and what was the challenges.etc. The narrative concludes with advice to the medical student and takes away for anyone who is looking to do something with their life.

Some interesting takeaways were

  • Dr.Virendra Sarwal—being a doctor is about hard work and perseverance.
  • Dr.Khurana clarity and dedication is important.
  • Dr.Lingam Vijaya be a team worker and be focused.
  • Dr.Muralidhar Pai believes in your self and do not give up.
  • Dr.Krishna follow your passion and your stay in integrity.
  • Dr.Jyothirmayi Biswas trust your intuition, put in hard work and keep updating.
  • Dr.Barnali Das play on your strengths and work with dedication.
  • Dr.Mahipal.S. Sachdev tap your potential, take the risk and go the extra mile. (This person’s contribution is definitely worth a read, more than that it. It is worth internalizing. He has honestly shared the good, bad and ugly of the medical profession.)
  • Dr.Praveen R.Murthy hard work is the prescription. Challenges appear to take you to the next level.
  • Dr.Anita Panda dream big, stay true have faith in God
  • Dr.Jas Kohli another contributor who spoke horse sense. He has brought forth the most salient factors, like connecting and empathizing with the patient. Don’t let the naysayers bother you. Be financial literate.
  • Dr.Dhanashree Ratra nothing beats competency, your patient is not a case but a person who needs help and you happen to have the required help, be ethical.
  • Dr.Sarbjit singh check what is making you choose medicine as a career, put your priorities in place, stay ethical.
  • Dr.Vidushi Sharma be flexible and adaptable. Listen to everyone but do what you think is right. Chart your own path.
  • Dr.Vinaya R.Murthy is more practical in what he shares. He lists the requirements for an doctor in contemporary scenario
    • Competence
    • Empathy
    • Communication skills
    • Commitment and perseverance
    • Business skills
    • Additional skills which are not part of medical curriculum.
      • Finance,
      • Hospital management
      • Insurance
    • Dr.Sundaram Natarajan to achieve something it is all about the mindset.

The book is an interesting read for people who are starting out on any career. It instills a confidence that is possible to stay back in the country, innovate and achieve.

Looking the people who have been interviewed, they are achievers no doubt. Most of them ophthalmologist, but conspicuously missing were the legends from the medical field. Who were truly challenged.

  • Dr.T.M.A Pai the founder of the Manipal hospital who was a quite family practitioner, from there he built the entire Manipal empire of today.
  • Dr.Hansda Shekhar  from Jharkand in his mid thirties, had face prejudice as a student because he was tribal, and prejudice when he went back to serve in home town because he was prescribing contemporary medicine. He has penned his experiences as a book which is amazing.
  • Dr.H.V.Hande who is now retired but started out as a general family practitioner  in Chennai, today  he was the health minister during MGR’s regime. The good doctor has also transliterated kamba Ramayana and now working on the Vedas. His modest practise has now morphed into the multispeciality Hande Hospital
  • Devi Shetty of Narayana Hridayalaya who has made cardiac surgery affordable to so many people.

Then there are names from the field of ophthalmology that are conspicuous by their absences.

  • Govindappa Venkatswamy of the Aravind hospital Madurai.
  • Gullapalli.N.Rao founder Dr.L.V.Prasad eye hospital.
  • Srinivasa Rao P.N. he was the person who started the ophthalmology department in KMC Manipal. If you are an ophthalmology student you definitely would have heard of him he is a legend, who had expertise in seven branches of ophthalmology. He was the man who took ophthalmology to rural Karnataka and Kerala performed surgeries in make shift OT’s
  • Babu Rajendran of Vijaya eye hospital Chennai who created technical innovations for surgery.

Over all a fairly good book, you can buy it on Amazon here.

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Musings and Meditation

Musings and Meditation

Opened Eyed Meditation authored by ShubhaVilas, published by FingerPrint publishers, is actually a compilation.

I had enjoyed the small insights Shubha vilas gave on various things in his two books on Ramayana, hence I assumed this one would be so too. But well this was kind of different.

The usual approach I have to a review is I read, the book and put it in the frame work of a hexagon but as if was doing this, I realized this is a self help book… so it is there, to help whoever asks for help. Who am I to judge and categorize the content?

That’s when I resolved to approach this book very differently from my usual synopsis, this time round I decided to focus on how did the book work for me, and mention what I found interesting.

The book opens with an impressive line up of blurbs, and a dedication to his teachers. The author walks us through his musing through 64 chapters, which to me appeared as notes, with key pointers to a sermon from Shubha Vilas actually ambled through as though ambling through a garden…

The introduction of the book begins with the author’s musing on meditation. When I muse over it, I realized we tend to forget that meditation, and the follow out of meditation is experiential and individualistic.

Like in the rendering of the Ramayana, as a footnote he would have philosophical inputs, here he has tried to match events from Mahabharata and Ramayana to get a point across. Again this relates can only happen if the reader viewed the narratives from the same point of view as the author. What really worked for me was the very crisp summary that he provides as a box at the end of each of chapter.

Some interesting take away for me from where I can work interactions are

A take on analysis, over analysis can cause paralysis of action.

A chapter on making right decisions gives interesting insights on what drives us to a decision.

Good attitude is the matter of choice

Without appreciation relationships head south and hit rock bottom.

The observation that ShubhaVilas makes about the human mind, operating and expressing through symbols, when it comes to beliefs, values and thoughts, and these symbols emerging from the cultural ethos, made great sense.

In the page 65

When it comes to self image he makes another apt observation that is it is the weak that seeks approval.

In the chapter where the author discusses the qualities that make a person charismatic, there are interesting things he talks about, though I do not fundamentally agree with the icons he has used to illustrate these qualities, the qualities in themselves are very sound –

  • Respect is one quality of a charismatic leader and respect breeds respect.
  • Put others before you, though self preservation is the primary goal according to the scriptures, a charismatic leader tends, to take people along that is create a win-win situation, or chooses to put the other before him or her.
  • Thinking out of the box and improvising is another quality of a charismatic leader.
  • Valuing one’s own contribution is also important, one need not boast, but one has to acknowledge the self, after all the world looks at us the way we look at ourselves.

While making a point, Shubha Vilas has quoted a story from the Upanishad, he has apparently come across it in the Mahabharata, the story of the sage Kaushika who burns up a crow, and when he goes to town to beg for alms, a housewife, makes him wait for it, while she completes her household chores. Just as the sage was going to curse her, she smiles and him and says, I am not the bird that you this morning. Interestingly Shubha Vilas stops the story here; he does not complete it, to where the lady directs the sage to her teacher, who happens to be a butcher.

Like the qualities of charisma, Shubha Vilas also ponders on innovation. He builds a link from informationà contemplation. àQuestion àRisk faction àconnection àcollaboration àcelebration.

Another interesting muse is on why people provoke this on page 178

How would I rate this book, well I don’t, and to who I recommend it to, this is dicey again, I would suggest that if you reach out and ask for help the book will help you. But the choice of asking for help is yours. To put it in Shubha Vilas’s words communication happens with connect and connect happens with

ISBN      9788175993907

Publisher             fingerprint

Author:                                ShubhaVilas

Other books by the author

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Magic of Tidying

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Three women, at shared workstation, we were catching up, with life, one student, one journalist  each at different stages of life,  while we were in conversation a fourth woman joined us, interestingly our narratives were all similar, during the conversation, the fourth girl…shared a book with us, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying.” By Marie Kondo, I did something which I do not normally do I ordered it on Amazon.

The book was definitely an eye opener, it is also quite a challenge because during my self recovery I have been a steadfast follower of the flylady the first thing Marie tells us do it one shot. What I really liked about the book, is she takes us step by step starting with the clothes,

The book walks us through the journey of Marie Kondo to being the tidying expert, she then tells us the challenge she faced in tidying up, and challenges faced by the clients through her enterprise and it does not seem to vary very much.

Then she holds our hands through the need to discard.

The sorting of things into categories, then sorting those to be kept and those to be thrown, finally storing efficiently.

She talks about ironing which kind of vibed wonderfully with me, for I love to iron and stack my clothes. Lot of things she shares in the book makes sense. Letting  go is a major need of life, but what really got me was do it one time, at stretch after which only maintained is required.

Major take away for me

  • Each day empty your purse, and thank the purse for helping you through the day.
  • Put your footwear in the designated place and thank it for serving you through the day.
  • When we buy something that we later find redundant then discard it after thanking it, for teaching you that it was not needed in your place, and thanking it for the pleasure you got in buying it.
  • Before you buy one, make sure your discard one.
  • If you have a gift that you don’t like you might just be the keeper for it to reach the right destination

I now actually understand the oriental concept of reverence, it just means, take that breathe to thank the universe for whatever resource you have used. The resource could manifest in our space like a handbag, shoe a bottle of water or what ever. Including thanking the house for sheltering you.

Guess what I have done, I have given myself a couple of days off, at the end of the year to do just that de-clutter and tidy my house. I am also sharing a video of Marie and her folding technique.


Creative me…Really

Creative me…Really

My friend Padmashree just received her Amazon parcel it was a book, “Creative You” since we usually like similar books she let me peek at the blurbs, and it was quite intriguing since I had just taken the Myers-Briggs test for my Personal branding workshop!!
I had convenient Flipkart vouchers so got one for me too.
The book unfolds over three parts,
The book opened up with a line that I quite much keep saying that we are a creative and creative does not mean art and painting, creative is new thinking or thinking differently in any space. So the book became an immediate read space. The first part of the book is all about dispelling myths that surround creativity and the persona of creative person.
The question isn’t who is creative but how each person creative.
Part I is also about finding our space in the Myers-Briggs personality grid, the kind of creative preferences we may have, and the kind of temperament we have. that makes 4 components on the Y-axis and 4 components on the X-axis giving rise to the 16 creative types. Part II of the book discuss the personality types in details.
It the Part III that lets the authors down, since it suddenly takes on a wannabe self help, wannabe therapist, but I remain HR trainer mode. They are not really able to channelize the personality types into creative flows.
Authored by David.B.Goldstien and Otto Kroeger the book is an okay one time read. Had I read the book before I bought it, I would not buy it. Though if you are creatively blocked it would be a good point to unblock yourself from.
Yes Ladies and Gentlemen there are books that we buy after we read it simple because it impacts us so like the Quiet, and Eat, Pray and Love/
David B. Goldstien is Myers-Briggs type indicator certified and has spent more than six years researching the connection between creative potential and psychological types. An internationally known artist and entrepreneur, he writes blog
Otto Kroeger is a pioneer in the field of practical application of psychological types, he is also an expert in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment. He has several publication on the subject include type talk and type talk at work.

book review–Belinda’s chronicles..

the cry of the kingfisherBelinda’s chronicles..

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

Haa! J.D.Salinger, I can do this, to Belinda’s book.

The cry of the Kingfisher

Author Belinda Viegas

Publisher Goa 1556

ISBN 978-93-80739-13-7

Being the excellent storyteller that she is, Belinda  carries us through  a journey of thoughts, fears, and insecurities, of three women, from different social milieu of goa. Battling their demons, and slaying their insecurities.

What I really like about the book, is the reflective flow that is the undercurrent, there are no villains, no saviours, but the characters themselves.  Despite the tremendous scope for dramatizing the author has restrained allowing the reader to be a non judgemental observer.

Donna the destiny’s darling, yet craving for acceptance. Succorina the unwanted changeling, Mayola  who emerges from the shadow of a more aggressive extrovert sister. Their parts entwine, they grow, explore and accept themselves through a journey of self discovery.

Dr,Belinda ViegasBelinda has applied her experience as a psychiatrist honestly and courageously without dramatizing excessively. Woven her memories of Nairobi, Germany, and the very adventure driven life she has had.

About the author: A psychiatrist whose alma mater is St,Johns Bangalore, she spent her childhood at Nairobi, after marriage a stint in germany and Australia. Now based in Goa, she juggles, Psychiatry, motherhood, cycling, sailing, trekking and writing. Belinda is also a trained Mountaineer.

the three laws of performance

<a href=”; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life” border=”0″ src=”; /></a><a href=””>The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life</a> by <a href=””>Steve Zaffron</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”″>4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Published by wiley publications and marketed by Times Business Group in India, this is book from Warren Bennis series.<br />Live examples and open sharing who have utilized the Three Laws of Performance to rewrite the future of their lives and organizations have been used to dispense the technology such that the reader is touched and inspired to transform. <br />The authors <br />STEVE ZAFFRON is the CEO of the Vanto Group, a global consulting firm that designs and implements large scale initiatives to elevate organizational performance. Zaffron has directed major corporate intiatives with more than three hundred organizations in twenty countries.<br />DAVE LOGAN is on the faculty at the Marshall School of Business at the university of of Southern California and is a former associate dean. he is also senor partner or CultureSync. a management consultation form. Logan has written three books, including Tribal leadership.
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An Session with Louise.

Love yourself, Heal your life work book.

Author:                  Louise.L.Hay.

Publisher:               Hay house

The book is exactly what it says, a workbox, it is a step by step activity of the book Love yourself heal your life.

It did take two exercises for me to get the hang of it. But after attending the Love yourself,Heal your life workshop conducted by Asma D’souza, the book became absolutely workable.

Of course how exactly one uses this book is up to the user.

About the author.  Louise.L.Hay the author of international bestseller you can heal your life is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide.

addendum: Asma D’souza is contactable at her website