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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Dr.Kamala Selvaraj

I was watching this program called "Sigaram Thotta Mandihargal" on Vijay TV last week. It featured Dr.Kamala Selvaraj, Gemini Ganesan's daughter. It was a bit surprising to see her disarmingly unassuming answers . She had always been only an average student in school. She did her Bachelor's from Manipal ('payment seat') and according to her, "you need not be very smart to come to this line, but you need to be very hardworking". Her first stint in a clinic after she was out of college was more or less a "trial and error" affair - she would consult a senior doctor daily and ask him whether she had given the right drug/dosage or not.
With striking honesty, she narrates her experience in Australia where she had gone to study artificial insemination. She had problems with their accent, training lectures and quite simply, she was overawed by it all. However, with time and work, she began to see hope.
She described the feeling when her (and India's) first test tube baby (named Kamala, i think) was delivered.
It would have been one heck of a feeling. Being a coolie, one gets to hear the phrase "it's my baby" often - Kounder's gem "Gundoosi vikkaravan ellam thozhiladhibaraam" comes to mind. Infact, a coolie tends to get into a state of smugness from time to time, being sucked into the monotony and mediocrity of life and work. She could feel smug. adhu allava achievement!
Being a doctor - The greatest profession in the world!

P.S: (Reassuring note to self) vidra vidra soonapaana... singam da neeyee.. appadiye maindain panra....

9 Comments:

  • okke okka point on a lighter note....Did you put this post because the name Kamala Selvaraj has Kamal in it.....:):)

    Actually I admire Gemini's other daughter...the one who acted in Ninaivellam Nithya...She could have gone some distance in the moviedom....but she chose to become a doctor....Very rare to find people who refuse to be drawn into the glamour world even when the opprtunities existed..

    By Blogger mutRupuLLi, at Thu Apr 12, 09:49:00 AM  

  • Sridhar,
    aahaa.. :)
    That is purely coincidental!

    What's her name? And what's with the name Bobji??? :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Thu Apr 12, 01:42:00 PM  

  • Coolie padai pasanga neenga sonnada vanmaya kandikarom! :))

    "Being a doctor - The greatest profession in the world!"

    I think Scientists who are genuinely passionate about finding something throughout their life are equally great.

    Richard Dawkins is one such thala. Don't know why I keep spreading about him! But I am recommending his documentaries and his books especially "Root of all Evil?" and "The God delusion".

    By Blogger Thilak pratap selva kumar, at Thu Apr 12, 05:12:00 PM  

  • mutrupulli,
    Was Jiji a doctor? I thought she was a journalist with the Hindu group.

    Didnt see the movie but I thought she was a complete statue in the 3 hit songs with Karthik :)

    By Anonymous thetalkativeman, at Thu Apr 12, 09:18:00 PM  

  • bala,
    Thalai adds a re-iteration to every conclusion...e.g, appidiye maindain pannu thaaye, appadiye maindain pannu...

    you could have given a note to readers too - kootam podathey, po, po! :)

    By Anonymous thetalkativeman, at Thu Apr 12, 09:21:00 PM  

  • TTM,
    I am pretty sure that JiJi(is that what she is called) is a doctor....She was also working on AIDS awareness.....I remember her interview Yugi Sethus's Nayyandi Durbar.....Am not sure about her working in Hindu

    By Blogger mutRupuLLi, at Fri Apr 13, 12:40:00 PM  

  • Thilak,
    "Richard Dawkins is one such thala. Don't know why I keep spreading about him! But I am recommending his documentaries and his books especially "Root of all Evil?" and "The God delusion"."
    Thanks mate! Will check out this pagutharivu pettagam

    TTM,
    "I thought she was a journalist with the Hindu group."
    I think one of them (sisters) is a journo with TOI, New Delhi...


    TTM,
    LOL @ the reiteration comment.. yes.. talking of thalai, Soonapaana video (kovil intro scene) coming up...
    "you could have given a note to readers too - kootam podathey, po, po! :)"
    Viji,
    Where are you :))

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Fri Apr 13, 02:13:00 PM  

  • mp, i have absolutely no recent info :( All I knew what the last line in this article. It's actually 17 yrs old!

    By Anonymous ttm, at Fri Apr 13, 10:21:00 PM  

  • enna en per adi paduthu?
    aan aan, poikitte iru, poikitte iru! :-D
    perusu, indha kootatha kalaikka patta paadu enakku dhan theriyum... :P

    -viji

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Apr 16, 03:41:00 PM  

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