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“Medicine is my lawful, wedded wife, and literature is my mistress”

Russian physician-writer, Anton Chelrhov

This blog is where I share my perspectives on various issues and not just related to medicine but not necessarily in exclusion to it. I’m a free thinker & compulsive writer. I’m an surgeon by profession but an artist at heart. I shall share my perspectives, my poems, my life lessons, my experiences with my patients and with the world at large in this little corner of cyberspace.

The Twitter-Storm in a Kashaya (Herbal Tea) Cup

People often forget that food is also made up of chemicals- each of which have their own toxicity levels. Enough of the regular garden variety chocolate can kill a mid sized dog by poisoning. Many of these supposedly “immunity boosting” ingredients- Turmeric, Fenugreek (Methi) seeds, chawanprash, basil(Tulsi), Aloe Vera when consumed in large quantities can cause liver and kidney issues in people

When will Artificial Intelligence replace Human Doctors?

AI robots will be complementary to human doctors and won’t be a zero-sum game for a long time to come. AIs will help us reduce our mistakes, decrease our workload, make us work more sane hours and in turn manage our work-life balance- but at least in the foreseeable future they aren’t going to replace us. Maybe it will lead to lot of us doing less mundane, repetitive jobs and with doctors doing much higher intellectual level work.

Why I love what I do?

I wasn’t a natural at being a doctor and struggled a little bit in medical school. Medical school was sometimes confusing and intimidating. I picked up empathy along the way and learnt to be compassionate to other people. I found out that I loved the difference that I bought to others and got better at doing my job. A lot of what I love about my job today, I discovered while being a doctor. If I hadn’t taken up medicine I would have never found out how much I would enjoy it.

The Alina Project- TVM’s first steps into Vietnam!

The Vision Mission (TVM) travelled to Vietnam in July-August, 2019. TVM was collaborating with Alina Vision, USA to set up a Medical Retina Service and Oculoplastics service at Alina’s first eye hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam.  TVM’s goals as an organisation has been at capacity building, sustainability and access to sub-speciality eye care in under-served areas in East and South Asia. This found mutual synergies with Alina Vision. This Project was named “The Alina Project”

The Sri Lanka Diaries- TVM footprints in 2016

I was part of a team of surgeons who went to Northern Sri Lanka to operate on poor patients there who couldn’t afford eye surgery. We went to a hospital in Vavuniya which was the biggest hospital in the northern province to do the surgeries. This region was the most affected by the 25 year old civil war which only recently ended.

Project Netra 2017: The Vision Mission’s India story

We started this present trip with a CME in Bhubaneshwar, then moved to Bhawanipatna to witness the launch of the collaboration between Trilochan and SBI foundation to make the Kalahandi district of western Odhisha cataract blind free by 2021. We then moved to Sambalpur to commence Project Netra 2017. This year TVM is supporting TN for 2000 free cataract surgeries.

Finding Superman: Changing a prolific surgeon to a social entrepreneur

December, 2015 This was my second trip to Sambalpur, a nondescript town-city in western Odhisha. I was introduced to The Vision Mission (TVM) by my colleague, Dr. Jayant Iyer when I was working in Singapore. He along with his friends (Avinash Jayaraman and Jason Lee) had established a non-profit organization to help under served areas inContinue reading “Finding Superman: Changing a prolific surgeon to a social entrepreneur”


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