I am a medical doctor and a practicing psychiatrist. I like my work as it connects me with people at a level that I find meaningful.
Travel – have done a lot of it. Two of the most beautiful places I have seen are the Himalayas, at many different places from Kashmir to Sikkim, and the Straits of Magellan around the southern tip of South America.
Trekking – went on treks long ago; was introduced to the night sky, trees and birds by fellow-trekkers. Have recently started trekking again after several years.
Reading – more or less alternate between fiction and non-fiction, nothing too dark and heavy
Books I have recently enjoyed are ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins, ‘China Shakes the World’ by James Kynge, ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ by Mohsin Hamid, ‘The Analyst and the Mystic’ by Sudhir Kakar and ‘The girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ by Steig Larsen. Occasionally read Maeve Binchy or Rosamund Pilcher because they are extremely relaxing, especially as they are set in pleasant places that create a peaceful mood
Painting (oil) – dabble in it a bit
Photography – point and shoot, nothing hi-tech
Writing – have written two books for children with the hope that they will guide young readers towards being their best selves; at present writing a regular fortnightly column for a newspaper (DNA, Bangalore edition, alternate Saturdays)