Poise, Purpose and Passion

In the last month I’ve had the rare privilege of meeting two remarkable people—Srujna Beg and Dr Devi Shetty.

Srujana Beg is a young school girl from Hyderabad. She was recently in Madurai to participate in an all-India creative writing competition for ISC schools. I did not meet her in person. But that hardly mattered. Instead I discovered her through her sparkling narrative. Srujana’s powerful prose is among the best I’ve read in recent times. It was a touching memoir of her childhood and revolved around her orthodox grandmother in a traditional Malalyali household and her obvious son-preference. The story unfolds against the backdrop of her grandmother’s death and the nostalgia is astringent. The prose was unpretentious, powerful, and straight from the heart. It sparkled with poise, purpose and passion. It was obvious that writing is a passion for young Srujana. Whether she is wise to pursue her passion, such that a passion also becomes a profession, whether she is able to listen to the whispers of her heart, only time will tell…

Like Srujana, eminent cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty is also passionate about his work. The 60-year-old surgeon is driven by a deep desire to make not only cardiac care but all forms of healthcare available to as many people as possible through his innovative low cost healthcare model that he describes as “Walmartization of healthcare.” Dr Shetty was audacious enough to follow his dream. The challenges were mind boggling but that only made him more determined in his resolve. He said to me, “If you need to have a complete road map before you set off somewhere, you’ll never get there.” How wise and how true!

Srujna Beg and Dr Devi Shetty have shown me that when passion and purpose are in place, the rest will follow…