“My life has been one of struggles at every stage. My father had a transferable job. Initially, schools were reluctant to admit me and my parents had to fight every single time. You may wonder what all the fuss was about. Well, I was born a dwarf. My height is only 3’ 9” today.
I had a good voice and a taste for music. As a 9-year old when I submitted my name for a music competition, I was not included. Undaunted by the discrimination, my mother stood firm, fought with the teachers and succeeded. I never looked back. I won many competitions in music, literary and other fields as long as l was in school.
Despite that, in every new school, I had to prove myself again and again. I had to face glares and sly remarks from fellow students. Even my teachers had doubts about my capabilities.
The seed of passion to pursue medical education was ingrained in me at a very early age. Facing frequent health problems and a major surgery at the age of three incited that passion. I vigorously prepared for competitive entrance exams and secured admission in a dental course. The principal of the college was reluctant to admit me. He felt that I would not be able to perform clinical procedures because of my height. I convinced him that he could dismiss me from the course if I couldn’t perform the procedures. But, I did it all successfully and graduated as an outstanding student.
As a young doctor eager to plunge into practice, I approached several fellow dentists for opportunities. None were willing to take me on as their assistant. But I never gave up.
I managed to get a job as a lecturer in a private dental college. I derived professional satisfaction in teaching and undertaking clinical treatment of outpatients. However, the frugal pay forced me to explore other avenues.
At the time, the information technology sector was expanding into new fields, of which healthcare was one. I got an appointment as a consultant. I also took an MBA degree in Healthcare & Hospital Administration. I kept up with innovations in the IT field, besides keeping abreast of developments in the medical field by keeping in touch with my peers and through other media.
I would have become a timid and useless woman incapable of facing life had I not had an encouraging and healthy environment at home. Today, I go through life with complete confidence. Even though I am short, I have never allowed myself to be dwarfed in my thoughts and actions. Today, I stand tall by my achievements.”