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New Friends

National Conference on Mind-Body-Medicine
Mount Abu
August 6-10, 2010
Part-I The Journey
Part-II Stay, Food and Beverages
Part-III Mount Abu in Rainy Season
Part-IV New Friends

New Friends

I have no habit of making friends here and there, so this may sound odd to myself. But the nature of Abu, piousness in Brahmakumaris’ campus, long duration of stay or being alone may have worked. I do not know, but I have friends.

I have to start the story with Dr. Laxman Patel (Surat), my room-mate, my starting-to-end partner and holy heart friend. It was for the first time, I experienced walking hand-in-hand with someone all the time; he needed support  for giddiness, but I was learning a new lesson. I saw a great Brhmakumaris devotee in him. I learnt walking hand-in-hand with friend, father/mother, brother/sister or your life partner is a worth taking a simple but magical experience for both of the pair.

Second of the list is my respected senior ophthalmologist colleague Dr. Piyush Matalia(Jamnagar). He was my teacher in Ophthalmology 35 years back at Ahmedabad and having great sincerity in teaching and love for students. I had a chance of re-living the said life-a great nostalgic feeling and emotions. I surrendered myself for one full day. It was a rare  nice experience worth remembering. He was accompanied by his spouse and doctor couple of Jamnagar - Dr. Tanna, Pediatrician.

My other roommates for four nights were Dr. P K Hak, ENT Surgeon (Jammu), Dr. P M Gosai, Lawyer and Doctor (Ahmedabad), Dr. Jayesh Gandhi (Mumbai), Dr. Ajay Bagga, SMO and Pharmacologist (Hoshiarpur, Punjab), Dr. A K Gangwar (Luknow) and our junior most friend of Surat - Dr. K Modi. Last two, could not register  their memory in our mind, after considering Dr. Laxmanbhai and me.

Now I will tell you about my accidental friend just because she was my neighbor attending the lecture, Dr. Namita Mohapatra, Physician (Cuttak, Orissa). We were asked to tell each other about ones' own introduction for 4 minutes each. Well, we told each other everything as self introduction and that ended in a relationship to be remembered.

Dr. Harish Behl, Orthopaedic Surgeon (Mandi, HP). His son looked like my nephew Hardik, so I wanted to have a snap with him. The family in total was so welcoming and well behaved, I learnt a lesson.

Dr. Pradip Sahu, Pediatrician (Paradeep, Orissa) was with us for Abu sightseeing tour for sharing the expenses of vehicle; now we share love!

I am sure I am not going to tell the story of my experiences with all 750 delegates, but I will conclude my friends story after telling about last 4 friends.

I am a father, and my fatherly emotions make me love people around. I met Kiranjeet Kaur, Dietician (Delhi) at Nakki Lake. We laughed very much on innocent but intelligent jokes. She told me practice demands EXTRA CARE of clients. I am happy to learn that.

Last day while seeing Art Gallery of Gyan Sarovar, Dr. Matalia group including me met Dr. Avinash Zatye and his wife Dr. Shilpa (of Sindhdurga, Maharastra). The innocence visible was infectious. We had a long round of talks on lunch table.

These friends are bonus to the Mind-Body-Medicine Conference, I’ll always remember.
With Dr. Laxman Patel

Dr. Piyush Matalia

With Room-mates

With Dr. Namita Mohapatra



With Dr. Behl's son

With Dr. Sahu and others

With Kiranjit Kaur and friends

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