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Making Excellence A Habit: The Secret to Building a World-Class Healthcare System in India by V. Mohan

Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 240
Price: Rs. 699 INR(Hardcover), Rs. 315 INR(Kindle edition)
ISBN: 978–0670094530
Buy here: https://amzn.to/2QahhdB

My take on the book:

Making Excellence a Habit is the memoir of Dr V. Mohan, one of India’s well known Diabetologist and Padma Shri award winner, narrated by himself. The book starts with a brief introduction of how and when this book idea started and hence moving onto his early childhood days, the reason for becoming a doctor after dreaming for the longest time to become a writer, educational journey and setting up one of the largest chains of diabetes centers in the world.

The book is written in a wholesome way, covering Dr. Mohan’s personal life, professional journey, research activity, approach towards diabetes, his values and what really helped his five decade long successful journey. The book is divided into 32 chapters with each of them starting with a quote by a famous personality, followed by Dr. Mohan explaining one topic that is picked for each chapter. The book also includes few poems and musings written by the doctor.

While autobiographies and memoirs can get tedious and remain as documented accounts of someone’s life, this book stands out with narration style which is simple, engaging and connects instantly with the reader. The book also has interesting accounts, even of few patients that Dr. Mohan treated over the years. The contribution of Dr. Mohan to research, his passion towards the field of diabetes, are well captured in the book.

The book also makes for a good read for those who have people suffering from diabetes in their family or those curious to read more around the topic. What I loved personally is, along with all the aspects we generally find in any successful personality’s life, Dr. Mohan includes the significant role of integrity and spirituality in his life.

Pick this one to read about the life of one of the most successful doctors in contemporary India, to read about the journey of Dr. Mohan along with his life lessons and values that made him the person he is today.

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