Raghu Shukla, an Indian village boy turned NHS hospital doctor, turned writer, deliberates over his exploits in these thirty-six linked, lively and informative stories. They are a blend of memoirs, global travels, medical anecdotes, technological advances and world events – from the Second World War right up to Brexit and the Trump presidency. Tellingly, there is also a bonanza of life-enhancing serendipitous moments.
“It is a pleasure to immerse the reading imagination in the collision between two worlds so unimaginably different to one another. The seeing eye Dr Shukla brings to his memories of another continent, to his sudden immersion in this one, to his considered ideas on the challenges of life in today’s UK has that great gift that the borderer between two worlds often possesses – the spotting, the selection and the development of the telling detail. A compassionate medically alert view of today’s UK and memory of a continent left behind make for absorbing reading. This is a welcome memoir.”
Ian Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Scottish and Victorian Literature,
University of Edinburgh.