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    Books, Dad, and Jack Reacher

    One late afternoon I was at a bookstore in Birmingham, England, clutching Lee Child’s thriller Night School, featuring long-running character Jack Reacher. I was there just for the signing, with an awards ceremony awaiting me that evening in Manchester, a two-hour train ride away. But how often can a girl surprise her father with a birthday dedication from a favorite author? Until I was about six years old, my father, a surgeon, made sure he was home every night to read to me and my little sister. He adapted the comic characters Asterix and Obelix for our enjoyment and performed…

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    Reflections of a Surgeon

    Dr. Vinayak Nagesh Shrikhande’s earliest memories are of buses, trains and snakes. Born in Kolhapur, he moved to Belgaum in the neighbouring state of Karnataka as a kid, a six-hour bus ride away. At the Belgaum racecourse, he recalls jumping out of a tree when faced by a snake coiled around a branch. And one of the local attractions of visiting his mother’s family in Dombivali, near Bombay, was the iconic Deccan Queen, India’s first superfast, long-distance passenger train, hurtling towards the big city with its tall buildings and smart, important people. Since then, my maternal grandfather has lived and…

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