Book review | Making Excellence A Habit by Dr V. Mohan


Author: Dr V. Mohan

Genre: Autobiography, Non-fiction 

No. of pages: 191

Published on: 22nd February 2021 

Published by: Penguin India 

Format: Hardcover

My rating: ★★★★★

One of the few practising doctors in India who contributed to research, education and charity in such a large measure, the book documents the fundamentals of what makes a person achieve meaningful success. While hard work, passion and focus emerge as winning lessons, delicate and tender learnings from Dr Mohan's life, such as empathy or spirituality, are not forgotten. Written in Dr Mohan's sagacious and affable voice, and peppered with examples of his bold and unusual ideas such as planning a diabetes expo or conducting a country-wide diabetes study, this book is a behind-the-scenes account of a person honoured internationally for delivering path-breaking care to hundreds of thousands of people with diabetes.

Dr V. Mohan's Making Excellence A Habit is an inspiring biographical testimony to become India's Padma Shree award-winning leading diabetologist. Dr Mohan starts his tale with his medical college days where he decides that scientific research is his main forte and ends it with an heart-rending finale to his pinnacle of achievements.

The author's extraordinary interest in diabetes and spreading awareness about diabetes in India takes the focal point in the book. He uses his keenness to address how he drives his passion into a big success. He talks about his determination, his resilience, his dedication, and most importantly - his setbacks, that finally helped him achieve what he wanted. Dr Mohan's humble yet powerful success story is motivational to the ones who are ready to attain their goals no matter what happens. 

Dr Mohan not only gives his inputs on how to lead a successful life, but all also gives us a view into the world of scientific research, paper publishing, and higher academics in India. He talks about the struggles he faced as a young researcher during a time when the internet was not a sensation and the only way to rely on past publications was to visit the library. His path to found ICMR-INDIAB (Indian Council of Medical Research-India Diabetes) to study the prevalence and predictability of diabetes on India is mammoth feat and ever-inspiring. 

Dr Mohan has an immaculate and detail-oriented writing style. He writes about his professional and personal life in a way that they both showcase their symbiotic relationship in the author's life. He uses personal anecdotes as examples on how to live a life of excellence, without making the narration boring. Really appreciate the way this book gives you both factual and subjective information about a whole lot of things in the medicine world. 

Dr V. Mohan's name is synonymous with diabetes and diabetology in India. Dr Mohan started working and doing research on diabetes along with his father, Prof. M. Viswanathan, considered the 'Father of Diabetology' in India, as a second-year medical student, when he was just eighteen. There has been no looking back since then, and for nearly five decades, Dr Mohan has been consistently contributing to diabetes healthcare, research, education and charity. After working for twenty years with his father along with his late wife, Dr Rema Mohan, Dr Mohan established the well-known Dr Mohan's Group of Diabetes Institutions. This includes Dr Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre (the hospital wing), the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (the research wing) and Dr Mohan's Diabetes Education Academy (the education wing). Dr Mohan established one of the largest chains of diabetes centres in the world, with over forty-eight branches spread across thirty-two cities and eight states of India and which have treated nearly 900,000 diabetes patients. A prolific writer and researcher right from his undergraduate-medical-student days, Dr Mohan has a prodigious number publications to his name, with over 1300 articles, research papers and chapters in textbooks. He is one of the few medical doctors with an h-index of 129 and over 125,000 citations-considered a stupendous achievement even for a full-time academic researcher. He also contributes extensively to charity and effortlessly combines spirituality with science.

I received a copy of the book in exchange of an unbiased and honest review. 


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