‘Some patients get bogged down, some keep an optimistic approach’

Jagavegali Mansa, Jagaveglya Goshti’ book by Dr Sushma Deshmukh highlights the trust and faith that patients and their dear ones blindly repose in the doctors. About how selflessly many social workers extend support to the strangers who need medical attention. The book throws light on how to live the life with a clear mind and how to fight the diseases by defying the odds


  • Through this book, a vivid depiction of doctor and the ‘patient relationship’ has been sumptuously sketched.
  • It not only brings out the manifestations of inter-active human dispositions, but also crystallises the uniqueness of the human approach in rendering the ‘healing touch’ drenched in human considerations.
  • It also brings to the fore the concept that is envisaged in the context of qualities expected out of the ‘first contact physician’ that he/she should be ‘competent, confident, compassionate and reflective’.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sushma Deshmukh, Gynaecologist from Nagpur and the author of the book said, “Since, my parents were doctor. So, I came in contact with the patients since childhood itself.  I have experienced the patients’ problems and how the relatives struggle to gather funds. Some patients get bogged down while some keep an optimistic approach. So, the book speaks about how to live the life with a clear mind and how to fight the diseases by defying the odds.”

The translation of ‘Jagavegali Mansa, Jagaveglya Goshti’ was done by Janhavi Jagtap, a 16-year-old Malad resident. The book will be named as ‘Hats Off  To You’. She started doing it at the age of 13. Also, she is a national badminton player.

Jagtap said, “I had a doubt whether I would be able to translate the book into English. But, I was able to do it with my mother’s help. She read all the Marathi stories for me. I took three years for me to translate it. I got a big opportunity to understand the feelings of the common people.  I learnt a lot from it. After my SSC exams, I aspire to enter the medical profession. And you can say, this is the first step towards it.”