Dr. Shilpa Aroskar

I was raised in a middle-class household family in Mumbai. A blend of innocence and aggression, I was always zealous about everything. I dreamt of being a doctor on a journey to heal the ailing. With a strong will power and determination, I could achieve my dream and became a Paediatrician. The years spent in Medical College were the best years indeed and gave me a new perspective on life and the people. Seeing death and suffering at a young age has taught me many important lessons of life, the most crucial one being, seize the present moment and spending time with people whom you love. Life has been a roller coaster ride with its own highs and lows, however, I am truly blessed to have an encouraging and supportive life partner, friends who always stand by me and two wonderful children who have helped me grow as a person much beyond the I or ME. Books are my best companions and it opens up a world of its own. Writing is always natural and effortless, more of an outlet to my thoughts which is akin to meditation now for me. I do believe in adding humour to everything in life and not be too serious and try to control things. My dream is that every child in my country should get the right to good health, education and grow amidst love and security. At the end of my life when I stand before God, I hope I can say that I used everything that you gave it to me and I don’t have any talent left unfulfilled.

Sun Sign

Capricorn

What’s your greatest fear?

Drowning or getting a morbid disease

What is your greatest achievement?

Reviving a dying child back to life

High point of your life?

Becoming a mother

Which living person do you most admire?

My mother

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

SRK

Who are your favorite authors?

Rabindranath Tagore, Wayne Dyer, Dan Brown, J.K.Rowling, Shakespeare.

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Odyssey - Homer, The Fault in our Stars - John Green, Secret - Rhonda Byrne, Course of Love - Alain de Botton, When Breath becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi.

Is there a book you love to reread?

The Secret

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Top Gun, Few Good Men, Life is Beautiful, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

One Superpower you wish you had?

Healing Wand for the ailing and dying.

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

We all become stories in the end… Hope mine was good enough to make you laugh and cry at the same and be quixotic to still see the beauty, magic, love and meaning in this world.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

India, Paris, Switzerland, Countryside France.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Dancing

Which book you wish you had written ?

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

When and where do you write ?

In my clinic or at night in my study.

Silence or music?

Music

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

NO

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Mills and Boons

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write for your own self and not to please the world… because something written from the heart always reaches the readers through the Universe.

Dr. Shilpa Aroskar graduated from Lokmanya Tilak Medical College, Mumbai, and did her MD (Paediatrics) from Bombay Hospital. ‘Even as a young girl I visualised myself in a white coat with a stethoscope dangling round my neck, embarking on a journey of healing,’ she remembers. A Consultant Pediatrician with a special interest in Neonatology, she is attached to MGM Hospital and Sparsh Child Care, Navi Mumbai. The innocence in children always appealed to something deep within her and restoring tiny tots to health has imbued her work with both joy and meaning. Always an avid reader, books have been her best friends and guides. She first began writing as a way to relax and converse with her inner voice. Then, with motherhood, she experienced the practical problems of parenting, which prompted her to write her first book, Parents Guide To Child Care. Since then, writing has been an integral part of her life. Married to Prashant, an Ophthalmologist, their’s has been a journey of mutual support and encouragement which has allowed them to evolve both as professionals as well as individuals. They have two wonderful children – Saahil and Kavya. Being a mother has helped her better understand her patients as well as their parents, and to be more compassionate and sensitive towards their needs and expectations. Dr Aroskar dreams of the day when every child in India will have the basic right to good health and nutrition, and grow up amidst love and security.

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