Medical students and their faith - being a Hindu medic
- By: Sumita Kini
Habit can become a way of life, and living in a traditional Hindu house surrounded by non-Hindus in Barnsley, is no exception. I was always quite adept at keeping the two apart; home was where I left my views and Hindu ideologies, and school was where I learnt the essence of being “cool.” Unlike school, medicine encourages individualism, and for me this involved accepting the culture my parents have been trying to instil into me at home. I never understood the fuss, until I came to the clinical phase in my third year of studying.
It could be seen as a norm for British Asian children to join medicine after A levels. This culture has also seeped into television, as you will be sure to find an Asian doctor pottering about in the background of a soap, ready to stun us with his one liner, “We are doing all that