TN doctors take a biking trip to the Himalayas for their reunion

By NT Bureau Published on Mar 11, 2018 04:49 PM IST

Chennai: Twenty years after graduating from medical school, a group of doctors from Salem decided to meet up and reminisce their good old days. They wanted to do something out of the box, an experience they would relish for ages rather than a usual routine meeting in a hotel or a resort.

Thirteen doctors began their reunion journey into the unknown valleys of the Himalayas, with overwhelming happiness over meeting friends after ages and the excitement of first-time adventure bikers.

Dr Dharma had a long cherished desire to travel to Ladakh by bike since his college days. His patients and appointments became the hurdle in fulfilling the dream.

The same was the case with his friends too, all of who were in the midlife, had to take care of their professional commitments, therefore, the time to travel was a big question. A plan of a reunion with fellow classmates seemed the perfect reason to live the long unfulfilled dream.

Dr Arun Subhas, anaesthesiologist, Salem, Dr Dinesh, ENT surgeon, Salem, Dr Navaneethakrishnan, anaesthesiologist, Chennai, Dr Nanda Kumar, ENT surgeon, Karur, Dr Jeslin, anaesthesiologist, Nagercoil, Dr Jay, anaesthesiologist, Salem, Dr Kumar, radiologist, Salem, Dr Raghu, rheumatologist, Tiruchi, Dr Arjunkumar, Deputy Director Health Services, Dr Elayaraja, ophthalmologist, Kaatumannarkoil, Dr Satish, diabetologist, Salem, Dr Prem Kumar, endocrinologist, Salem, Sherwin and Dr. Dharmaprakash - intensivist, Salem explored the new travel. This was the first long-distance bike trip for all the doctors, a press release said.

"When I proposed a reunion over a biking trip to Ladakh, the idea was met with both enthusiasm and apprehension by my friends. Enthusiasm, as this was something that we have never done before. Apprehension, because, we as well-settled middle-aged doctors, were not sure if we could get out of our comfort zone and actually pull it off. But after hours of brainstorming, the excited doctor’s group decided to plunge into it. It was an impromptu decision that gave us an experience of a lifetime," said Dr Dharma Prakash, Manipal Hospital, Salem. The trip was coordinated by tour operator Cruise.