Short Stories

Winds of Change

Dr. Sheshadri Som was Chairman and Chief Medical Officer of Narayana Hospital. Vasudha Som, his wife was Chief Executive Officer. Together they set up the hospital to bring quality care to Rajahmundry and areas close by.

Like anyone else in healthcare, they encounter challenges, both operational and ethical from time to time. Life takes an unexpected turn at one point. This spurs the winds of change in the hospital.

Read this story to see how the Soms revolutionise healthcare delivery in their hospital and then eventually beyond.

Love takes courage

Rohan was every girl's dream. Handsome, intelligent, great sense of humor. He was also heir to Atul Karmarkar, Chairman of Shweta Electronics, Maharashtra's leading manufacturer of electronic components. Pooja was Rohan's fiancee. They had met at a friend's party and soon fell in love.

Pooja and Rohan were planning to get married in a few months when lightning struck their lives. No one could have imagined that their lives would be disrupted this badly.

Love takes courage is the story of their fight against circumstances much beyond their control and how providence brings hope in the form of Kunal, a strange benefactor.

With my fourth short story, I delved into unknown territory - a love story! Hope you like it!

The blue pill

"For the last four years, Dr. Achinta Roy had painstakingly worked on this device which he believed would change the way people thought about dialysis. Currently, patients got treatments mostly in hospitals in machines that were the size of a washing machine. There were a couple of newer machines that were the size of a desktop printer. However, Dr. Roy's goal was to make it much, much smaller. That would be truly portable! Another of Dr. Roy's goals was to make it accessible in countries like India where medical technology reaches often many years after reaching countries like the US."

Follow Dr. Roy's intriguing journey from a lab in Kolkata to a gigantic corporation in the US in a sincere attempt to change the lives of dialysis patients.

This story, my third, is very different from the first two which were patient-focussed. This one looks at the dialysis industry from right inside it. The lead character has been inspired by a real-life person!

No stranger bond

"One thing Sharada Subramanyam hated though was that she couldn't eat the coconut chutney that she made to go with the idlis. She had to make do with sambar and that too with such less salt that it took away half the pleasure of eating the idli. The excess potassium in the chutney could actually kill Sharada. Despite this, Sharada would make the coconut chutney for Bala and Madhu and they relished it totally. Idli mornings were happy mornings in the Subramanyam household!"

"Shuja Mohammad had overcome the initial frustration associated with being diagnosed with kidney disease. He was slowly settling into the dialysis routine and diet and fluid restrictions. He had also come to terms with the fact that he would be dialysis dependent for his entire life. He would spend a lot of time reading the Holy Quran and in prayer."

Sharada Subramanyam and Shuja Mohammad got dialysis at adjacent beds at Delhi's Gangabai Memorial Hospital. "No stranger bond" is the story of these two amazing individuals who find their lives unintentionally intertwined in the strangest way.

This was my second attempt at fiction.

In you we trust

"Aparna has been on dialysis for the past four and half years. She was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure about five years back at the age of 24. Anyone would have been devastated with this sequence of events but not Aparna. She quickly gathered herself and fought to regain control of her life."

"Dr. Suketu Jha is the Chief Nephrologist at Bangalore's Charaka Hospital. Dr. Jha hated for a transplant to fail. A transplant, he believed was the ultimate challenge in nephrology. It was the only real treatment, he felt. Dialysis - even daily - was at best a compromise. Yes, good, frequent, long duration dialysis did offer a good quality of life but it wasn't even close to the quality of life offered by a transplant."

"Prakash took pride in his work. He was extremely confident about his abilities. Education-wise Prakash was like many other dialysis technicians - no graduation degree, only a diploma in Dialysis Technology. Yet, he was very skilled. Patients wanted only him to cannulate. They hardly felt any pain. He could cannulate in one attempt."

These are the main characters from my first short story. I had been thinking of writing a short story for a long time. I had not come across any fiction that has a dialysis unit as the primary setting. I thought it would be very interesting to try my hand at this. The response was really great!


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading some of your blog posts, Kamal.

Rajeev Sharma

Sivaram said...

Dear Kamal,
we worked together at Summa computers.
Wonderful blog. I liked your fighting spirit. Whenever I come across any one who had kidney failure and on dialysis, I used tell your story to motivate them.
I feel proud to work with a person like you. Keep going, You will reach great heights.
All the best.

Kamal Shah said...

Thanks Sivaram! Hope you're doing well!

Anonymous said...

Your blogs are inspirational.Admire your courage and determination.Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hi kamal ji
My name is keerti from lucknow. My mom is the dialysis patient of nephroplus,lucknow centre up.

Dr Harpal Singh Malhotra said...

It was nice meeting you, kamal.
You are a real fighter & inspiration for many.
Keep going strong & fighting fit...