A subtle wisdom
Kavery Nambisan, a surgeon and acclaimed novelist, did her undergraduate training in Bangalore and trained as a surgeon at the university of Liverpool. Despite other more lucrative opportunities, she returned to work in the rural heart of her homeland. Balaji Ravichandran caught up with her after the release of her latest, partly autobiographical, novel
Yes, indeed. I come from a rustic background in Karnataka, and, until I was 12 or 13, I studied in a Kannada medium school with no basic training in English. Subsequently, our family had to move to Delhi, and I joined an English school, where I suffered because of my lack of English. I had to learn the language separately, and after my share of humiliations, I managed to finish my schooling quite successfully. Having read so much about the nature of our profession, I thought that I would really love to become a doctor. But, when I announced this one day amid a huge crowd, everyone was shocked. Some even thought I was joking, and one villager went on to say, “Why… she's beautiful enough to get married.” I was seriously offended, and decided that I would go to a medical college. And I did.
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