About me


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.

Other interests:

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. All the photos in this blog have been taken by me, except the ones in which I’m present of course

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)

19 thoughts on “About me

      1. Dr shayam
        I enjoyed meeting you yesterday. I do not have your email address to contact you. I am here until Thursday
        and would like to meet you again before I fly back to the UK. I have read your posts. I also like to take
        Photos of the places I have visited in India. Can we meet up sometime? Marion de Souza from the Justa Hotel


  1. Dr shyamala vatsa

    Your information is of great help to us . All the unknown information or rather i should
    say the information is more educative.
    please keep writing . All the best to you.


  2. Amazing! Dr. Vatsa, I’ve known you for over 6 years now! what I see, read, comprehend is really splendid. I loved the links to various articles in DNA. Especially the “mood swings”/”anxiety” and “Depression”. Talk to you soon, Dr, Vatsa.


  3. Congratulations Shyamala on such an interesting diverse page which I found totally relevant and absorbing. I loved the way you interspersed your articles with poems. Look forward to following your blog. suchi


  4. Was very impressed, touched and enlightened by each of your notings on the blog.You have covered so many areas of human interest in a very humane way, from serious issues like mental disorders to the joys of travel and nature. I wish more and more people get to read these blogs, which will certainly improve their quality of life in many ways. Please keep up the good work


  5. Hi Shyamala,
    Came over from my blog. Thank you for visiting.
    Was wondering if there are any article that you have written which could be cross-posted on http://konkanikesari.com/
    I manage that site, but it is not very active. Would love for you to send in something that you have already written on your blog.

    Best Wishes


  6. Doctor, thank you for making me stop smoking within 3 months. I hope many others approach you for the same.



  7. Wow…Dr…I wish more people get to know about you… U have given my life back…my life is very much normal thanks to your constant support and…miss you so much…


  8. Hello Dr. Vatsa,

    Consulting you helped me a lot with my relationships and to move on, I would like to refer a close friend to you and wonder if you can give me your contact no?



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