“I took a field in medicine which is out of the ordinary, for women. I am an orthopedic surgeon. The proportion of female orthopedic surgeons in India accounts to about 500 in total compared to several thousands of male surgeons. It involves a lot of physical push and pull and a lot of manual labour which women don’t usually prefer. But, the first time I saw the saw cutting into the bone to make someone walk, give them an able life was when I realized how good it feels to help someone live.
You could call us the fixers. Because, if we see a bent bone, we swoop down and quickly fix it up! That is truly the most exciting part. Looking back, I have always liked medicine and I loved the subjects. However, it was my dad’s dream to become a doctor. My grandad worked as a peon and despite my dad being a rank holder, they couldn’t sponsor his education to fuel his dream of pursuing medicine. At that time and age, my dad had to give up on his dreams. This is my way of fulfilling his dreams for him; that, combined with my love for fixing bones and mending broken hips. To anyone reading this, I just want to say that you should do what makes you happy. Even if it’s a job or a degree course, you should be able to derive some sort of happiness or pleasure from it, else it’s not right for you.”
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