Dr. Megha S. Nath is a talented doctor and author. She believes in having confidence and self-esteem against all the challenges. Dr. Megha had a dream of becoming a dental surgeon at a very young age, and she started writing a book when she started reading more and more books.
Dr. Megha S. Nath is a dentist by profession and has done her schooling and dentistry in Banglore. She began writing at a very early age when she was in school, and other than that, she loves to meet people. Also, Dr. Megha S. Nath loves traveling a lot, and she is a friendly person.
Q) Talk to us about your work schedule and what pushes you to work harder every day?
Dr. Megha S. Nath– I think the most significant advantage I have is that I am a very early riser, so, by 5, I am up and awake, ready to face my day. I usually write in the mornings because it is quiet, and I have time for myself, no disturbance, and I have no other activities to do at that time, so I write early in the morning; it works for me.
I work both in the mornings and evenings. I am home in the afternoons for the break to manage my time that way, and all my readings and other activities in the late evenings or towards the night. That time suits me, my thoughts are fresh, and I like to write at that time.
Q) Who are your favorite authors, and what do you like in them?
Dr. Megha S. Nath – Among Indian authors, I began my reading journey with Ruskin bond and Swami and his friends; I like the simplicity in the language, and I aim to write this way someday by using simple language but yet conveying so much. I also like reading Sudha Murty because she writes in the most unadorned style. It is readable for new readers.
I like reading Murakami because it relates to a lot of imagination. Every time you read his work, it can be interpreted differently, so there is a lot of scope of thinking and deep thinking in his stories. I also enjoy reading Arundhati Roy. However, she has not written many novels. Yes, whatever she is written, I love all of them.
Q) Any favorite inspiring lines from any book you have read yet, that you want to share?
Dr. Megha S. Nath– I can think of just one word, it is a line from the alchemist, and I know it’s many people’s favorite. It is a word Maktub, as I am a stronger believer in destiny. I feel no matter how hard we try and whatever we do, ultimately it is our destiny, but yes, the amount of hard work you put in can alter your destiny perhaps someway, but I am a firm believer in destiny. We create our destiny.
Q) What do you believe to be the most pressing health issues today? Why?
Dr. Megha S. Nath– Being a dentist, let me first come to my discipline; the first thing is proper oral hygiene; we are eating a lot of fast food and artificial sweeteners and a lot of things that are damaging our teeth and oral hygiene, leading to a lot of diseases. Also, right now, the pressing concern everywhere is cancer. It is something we are not able to come over efficiently even now.
mental issue is common in young adults. There is always a fear, and slowly, people believe that it could be related to lifestyle. And other than that, of course, lifestyle diseases like high blood pressure lifestyle changes lead to diseases. Somewhere we need to get up a bit, be careful, and have mental health; of course, I can not underestimate the seriousness of that.
Q) Any healthy lifestyle tips which you want to share with us?
Dr. Megha S. Nath– Many people will agree with me. Still, yes, waking up early and spending some time for yourself, either in any physical activity or your mental well-being, such as yoga. Find a quiet place to sit without your gadgets, and I think that will help you a long way. Otherwise, we must try to stay away from junk food and eat home-cooked food as much as possible, although it’s sometimes tricky. And yes, exercise well and stay healthy.
Q) Doctors have been consistently held on a pedestal at par with God, but we see how malice has intercepted the service in various sectors. What is your take on that?
Dr. Megha S . Nath– See, there is an exception to everything. In earlier days, doctors were considered equal to God because people thought they could hear their pain. I think it was relevant in those times. Even now, some people are doing selfless work, and we don’t hear about them because people work quietly in the background, people are doing a lot of work for the underprivileged, they are working hard, and a doctor does try their best to work selflessly for the patient benefits.
But sometimes, yes, because we are also human, there is an element that you might call greed or some temptation, it shouldn’t be there, but then it’s happening everywhere; one must try to overcome that, and think about the patient benefits, primarily that should be our aim. That is what we promise when we take an oath when we graduate, that patient comes first, so, as doctors, we should remember that and try to work for the welfare. There is no way we can avoid it.
Q) What do you share with youngsters aspiring to start their careers in the medical world?
Dr. Megha S. Nath– I would say that I would be prepared to read a lot because there’s no way and learning will never end; you have to keep upgrading yourself. The learning process must not stop, and also it cuts down your time. If you are in a clinical branch, you must be prepared to let go of many things. Only if you have a powerful sense of service, sacrifice, and willingness to learn then only you must go ahead. You carry your patient’s joy and sorrow with you back home.
Q) If given a chance, what would you choose for yourself in the future to continue as a doctor or write more books?
Dr. Megha S. Nath– I want to balance both, but somewhere I think writing. With age, probably I would go with the writing because we must make way for the youngsters somewhere we must move gracefully aside and make way for the younger generation. As of now, both, but maybe I would like to continue with writing in the future.
Q) What were the challenges you faced at the beginning of your career as a dentist and a writer?
Dr. Megha S. Nath– As a dentist, initially, I faced challenges like when you study and learn a lot of things based on theory, and when you go into clinical practice, it does not happen like that all the time. And as a writer, it’s always self-doubt, whether you are good enough, whether people will like your work, and will they even read it. It would help if you bent your rules sometimes, So that was always a conflict.
Q) Could you please share tips on healthy teeth and happy reading?
Dr. Megha S. Nath– Healthy teeth; I have some very simple rules, brush twice a day, visit your dentist frequently, try to rinse every time you eat, and no smoking or drinking and eating tobacco. And don’t have too many sweets. And for reading, begin with a very simple book. Read what makes you happy. Don’t try to compete; read what suits you, even if it is an old book you might have read in your childhood.
Q)Lastly, could you describe an incident in your life that taught you something important?
Dr. Megha S. Nath- It’s about a patient when I began my clinical practice, and it was a scorching day, and that patient came from very far away, and he was an older man. He came and had some issues, and I prescribed medicines and he asked what your fees are, and my clinic is in a rural area, so I said give me whatever you think because if I refuse, he might not feel good about it.
And then he took out his small diary, which was wrapped in plastic, there were many papers with the rubber band. He opened that, unfolded one piece of paper, carefully took out Rs 100, and gave it to me. And I felt so bad that Rs 100 is something that we spend without thinking, all of us do it, it’s not even a portion of which we spend when we go out in a cafe. But, it was so precious to him.
And I mean that made me think that many things in life are precious to someone, and we take them for granted. We should always count our blessings and show gratitude for whatever we have. This is what I learned through this incident.
Dr. Megha S. Nath is an empathetic and diligent doctor who knows her responsibilities well. She knows that doctors must be very dedicated to their careers and work passionately toward their patients.