The Process of Self Discovery
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The Three Muscat Years is a memoir that shares the story of three years you spent as an Army doctor and the experiences that helped shape your life and period of self-discovery. Why was this an important book for you to write?
You have said it in the question! It was the process of self discovery that has guided me through all my professional and personal life since then. I was introduced to a multi cultural experience through my deputation to Oman at a very early stage in my career. That helped shape my view of people and things. I doubt I would have benefited as much, had I gone on such a deputation at a much later date in my career in the Army.
I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?
My relationship with Glynnis. For various reasons, I did not write about my relationships before the start of this book’s events. I felt that would be too close to an autobiography! But my failed relationship had saddened me, and Glynnis brought a freshness into my life for which I will remain forever beholden to her.
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
I come from a traditional South Indian background. Family ties, respect for elders and unconditional acceptance of all peoples as one’s equals, were traits ingrained in me by my parents. I wanted to highlight them, since they are more relevant today than ever before.
This included highlighting the common values shared by Indians and Pakistanis, who, for political reasons, are considered enemies of one another! The best part was that I did not have to bring in any imagined qualities in my friends to make them look good. They already were wonderful individuals!
Integrity is part of the psyche of all armed forces personnel – at least, they should be. I wanted to drive home this characteristic which we neophyte army chaps had already internalised.
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?
That we are all good people at heart, regardless of nationality, faith, caste, or creed.
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