Just finished reading Paul Kalanithi’s ‘When Breath Becomes AIR’, a well said story of making the right choice at the very end of life. Paul lived a meaningful life, and died in the best possible way he could. Salute his decision to die peacefully, in comfort, surrounded by his loved ones, choosing palliative care right to the very end.
A very emotional story, the life story of Dr. Kalanithi, who died fighting cancer at the age of 36, while on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, when he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. The journey then on narrated with brutal honesty and surgeon-like clarity and precision, this story gives readers an insider view of life and death, from a doctor’s point of view, a patient’s perspective and a philosopher’s sense of exactness.
A must read for anyone interested in life or death or the brief moment that connects and separates both, when breath becomes air, slowly, yet swiftly, with the haste of a breeze.
Ever since I had the misfortune of watching helplessly my father being tortured to death in a hospital ICU in India, I have not had a single day of peace, for the past 22 months. I started feeling useful only after I got associated with Pallium India, a non profit organisation based in Kerala, which is making painstaking efforts to help patients with life limiting illnesses get basic pain relief.
A day spent with the medical staff and volunteers of Pallium in January was a beautiful experience, more so since we had the company of Dr. Rajagopal, the founder of Pallium and a couple of guests from the UK, among them senior journalist Jeremy Laurance, who was working on a feature story on palliative care in India.
The link here is the article Jeremy wrote, published on Mosaic, and republished by prominent publishers such as the Independent.
This articlewas first published by Wellcome on Mosaic and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.
I didn’t know today was going to be father’s day until this moment! Isn’t it a strange coincidence I am promoting my shortread book (Kindle book) ‘Past Life’ dedicated to my late father today, a decision I took last evening! It goes with the theme of my book though.
I should admit, I haven’t got my book edited, for I really had this terrible urge to write and publish this book in one day. Do let me know if you spot blunders, or even minor errors.
This book is a tribute to my father, my guide, guardian, philosopher.