Wednesday, September 24, 2014

To be of service till the last breath

This post is dedicated to a doctor whom I consulted just once but who left a lasting impression on me.

About a month back I visited this doctor for a health issue. When reading this post one may think what is so great about this doctor that I chose to write about him after visiting him just once. The primary reason being that he decided to meet and treat me despite the fact that  he himself was advised bed rest by a doctor, as he was getting treated for broken ribs after having a fall.

How and why this meeting happened? My sister-in-law was his patient and was her go to man mostly when she suffers any health issue right since her childhood days. She had his mobile number and one Sunday about a month back she called to check whether he is available in his clinic so that I could also consult him for an ailment. He responded saying that he is not fully fit but can get the checkup done at home. We both visited his house. His wife opened the door for us and lead us right to the doctor's bedroom. He asked us to sit and told us that he cannot sit or stand as he has been advised bed rest. He had a fall at the steps leading to his house and got his ribs broken. He was undergoing treatment for that. Looking at him I could make out that he was either in his late 60s or possibly in the 70s. He told us that he had fallen multiple times in the past and those were more dangerous but still he never had been in a situation like this. He then started getting details of my health issue and instructed his daughter-in-law to get the medicines that he was prescribing. He prescibed medicines for a month and advised how to take them and also suggested some restrictions related to food. While all this was happening I noticed that his house was not the luxurious types that you would typically associate with a doctor. Making money did not seem to be his primary goal as is the case with vast majority of the new generation of doctors. I paid his fees and then headed for home. 

A month passed by and I was planning to consult him again for a followup. Last Sunday we called to check his availability. A lady, possibly his wife or daughter-in-law picked up the phone and informed that he will never be available. Upon probing further for a reason, we were told that about 20 days back he passed away. It was a shocking news for us because even though he was advised bed rest, he was not bed-ridden. He was talking and gesturing like any normal person.

I wish I could also be of service to society till my last breath in whatever small way I possibly could.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Narendra Modi - The PM India always wanted

You may love him, you may hate him but you just cannot ignore him. Narendra Modi is a force to reckon with. The last decade we were used to a lack lustre Prime Minister (PM). Come 2014 and you have a very dynamic PM who speaks with confidence and is spontaneous. When you have a leader who speaks like Modi, you got to listen. Hundred days in governance is too early to judge how successful he is. However, what strikes me the most is that he has brought life into the post of PM. This is reminiscent of the times when Dr. Abdul Kalam was the President of India. He too was such an inspiring leader. The ideal situation would be to have Narendra Modi as PM and Dr. Abdul Kalam as President. Wishful think you might say.

In India, the Prime minister's post is the most powerful post. During UPA, it was the Congress President Sonia Gandhi who was the most powerful personality instead of the PM. This was the case both within the party and even when it came to the government. Manmohan Singh was always sidelined or not given the due respect his position deserved. It showed in his body language and when the leader is weak, the whole country will automatically be perceived to be weak. Narendra Modi on the other hand is confidence personified. For the swearing in ceremony he invited leaders from all the SAARC nations. It was such a nice move and out of the box thinking too. Making the bureaucracy work was one of the first initiative taken by him after becoming PM. Creating an interactive website and using social media tools like Facebook and twitter is another important initiative of his. The common man who voted for him now is updated of almost every thing that he is doing as PM. There is also  a forum for people to contribute towards development of the nation. He is incorporating the common man's ideas for tackling the various challenges that the country is facing. He is also motivating people to contribute both with ideas and actions in nation building. How successful he would be in improving India's prospects is something that we are not in a position to predict now. What matters to me is that the things he is doing right now is something which has never happened before in this nation. After being voted to power, the general trend has been to ignore the masses. This is not the case right now. 

Pakistan's ceasefire violations are being tackled boldly by this new government under Narendra Modi's leadership. The Indian army is now giving a fitting reply to ceasefire violations by Pakistan. There is a limit to enduring Pakistan's nonsense and there comes a point when one has to pay back. I feel great pride when I see the news channels and find our army personnel's with their morale boosted. Earlier we were not retaliating strongly to the misadventures of Pakistan army. Now things have changed. Yes, there is a risk of a war like situation but what is the use of losing our soldiers by not retaliating. 
In his bilateral visit to Japan Narendra Modi was at his dynamic best. I liked how he came across as genuine and warm towards the people of Japan.

Today on occasion of teacher's day, he interacted with school kids. Again such a novel idea. I know there are some voices condemning his initiative as school managements and state machineries had to face some hardships due to this. However, the whole idea for me was inspirational. He reached out to the future of the nation on Teacher's day. Has any Prime Minister every done this? In the age of technology he is using technology to connect with the masses. Reaching out to school kids was a really great initiative on his part. Inspiring kids and being open to take their questions is definitely a  welcome act on his part. 

Kudos to Narendra Modi! Again I know it is very early days for his government but based on what I have seen so far, he is saying and doing things which is refreshing and unprecedented.