At the End of the Day

By Dr Reina Khadilkar

This book is a collection of essays on topics ranging from the mundane to special. Relationships, friendship, marriage, changing values, being a woman, ageing, and fighting cancer, all find a place in this book. Profiles of ordinary people, who have lived extraordinary lives spreading sunshine around them, will introduce the readers to the ordinary man with extraordinary deeds. Social topics ranging from the smoking menace in women to female feticide find a voice in this book. These are topics about the life going around us, sometimes caressing us, while sometimes blowing us away. It is about unconnected lives that touch ours unknowingly, changing our perception or re-assuring us about the path we have chosen. It is about every day that comes as a new day in our lives. These short essays will touch your heart, make you nostalgic, sometimes bring out the pain, or joy in your heart, flow from your eyes as you reminisce about your own life. You will enjoy reading some and find some articles cathartic. Some are thought provoking; while some will help, you strengthen your heart as you go ahead in life. Some essays will make you pause and think about your role in that situation, while some will re-unite you with your broken relationships. This book gives words to your thoughts.

Dr Reina Khadilkar
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Dr. Reina Khadilkar has been practicing as a General Surgeon and teacher in Pune, where she lives with her Orthopaedic surgeon husband, Madhav, and two grown-up children. She attributes her literary effort and her ability to perceive the happenings around her as she sees it with deep sensitivity, often taking her through the roller coaster of emotions, to her upbringing under the tutelage of her highly cultured grandparents and parents. Teachers, elders in the family, patients, seers, even the ordinary man on the street, have influenced her way of thinking. Working with poorest of poor in – Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College at Pune, has given her the insight into human emotions like courage, acceptance, destiny, suffering, changing the way she looks at life. Her debutant novel, “OH! TO BE A LADY SURGEON” was published in 2011, and is about the struggles and eventual success of a small town girl in the highly competitive and male dominated world of surgery. It talks about the grit and steel with which women multitask and come out winners. She believes in the power of the heart and in the goodness of human nature. She allows her emotions to flow in words and finds writing cathartic and elevating at the same time. You can reach her at reinakka@rediffmail.com