And so can you


This non fiction and inspirational book by Dr. Roopleen Kaur has 17 motivational stories of established and famous doctors who talk about their hurdles as they’ve come this long way – from being nothing to being everything in their field.
The 17 virtues that the author talks about are:

  1. Tenacity
  2. Ever onward
  3. Self belief
  4. Bouncing back
  5. Fighting spirit
  6. Perseverance
  7. Passion
  8. Never give up
  9. Fire in the belly
  10. Positive attitude
  11. Resilience (My favourite amongst these)
  12. Firm resolve
  13. Determination
  14. Fortitude
  15. Courage
  16. Survival Instinct
  17. Never say die

I prefer abstaining from non fiction yet this book is a nice read. Although written in a monotonous and boring manner it tells us tales about famous and celebrated medical practitioners who have surpassed all hurdles that life threw at them starting from family members’ death, parent’s wishes being different from them to biasness meted out to them for being a woman.

Out of the 17 stories the one which I liked the most was about Dr. Anita Panda (story 11) about resilience. Her mother passed away when she was 6, she was the youngest of the family and due to lack of schools she had to quit her schooling for 6 years from third grade to ninth. Understanding nothing of mathematics she was asked to opt for home sciences instead but due to shear hard work and resilience she faired well in mathematics despite not knowing the six year knowledge of the subject. Later the story tells us the hurdles that she had to face at AIIMS and how gender bias forced her to withdraw from the president’s post and how her trophy didn’t have her name etched but her male contemporaries had. At the ripe age of 67 she’s ever ready to face challenges and continues to set an example for all of us.

This motivational book is a nice read for uplifting ones morale but could have been written in a less monotonous and tedious way. All the best to the author.

#qotd: What’s your favourite self help book?


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