Midwest Book Review of ‘Bapaji and Me’

Bapaji and Me: A Memoir of India and Beyond is a memoir of medicine and the Indian community. It documents a grandfather’s history and influence and the changes that have affected India’s relationships and regions. Sadhna Bhatia weaves the compelling saga of an exceptionally wise grandfather who instilled in her, at an early age, a […]

Grandparents and Joint Family in Indian Culture

After reading my book Bapaji and Me, my dear friend suggested I write a blog on grandparents and joint families in Indian Culture. In Indian cultures, Grandparents and Joint family are intertwined and glued together. Grandparents are the Guardian angels that give you boundless love and you can do no wrong. They are the Megamillions […]

A Boston Spring and Learning from Failure

In 1970 when we returned to Boston in the spring,  it was at the height of its glory. The flowering trees and crisp, bright air were so refreshing. Yet, even with the wonderful weather and all our comforts here, we still believed India was our home, and we both were homesick for a few days. […]

Climbing a Mountain as a Woman Doctor of Color

Dr. Mario Ablondi with the OR crew LMH

My dream as a child was to become a doctor. This dream was fulfilled as an adult when I was admitted to the prestigious Lady Hardinge Medical College for women in New Delhi, India. A short introduction to LHMC History. Lady Hardinge, the wife of the then Viceroy of India, initiated the process in 1914 […]

Cherished Memories with Friends

Over my 80-year lifespan I have treasured and enjoyed the company of my old friends while making new friends as time went by. Each group has a very unique place in my friendship, my reflections start with my dear friend Ragini.  We met at age 4 on our first day in kindergarten at Mt. Carmel […]

Doctors Can’t Cook

At an early age of 5, I already knew I wanted to become a doctor, due to my Bapaji’s mantra, influence, and teachings. When I was 13yrs old, Chaeji suggested I should learn how to cook.  My reply was short and simple, “You know I’m going to be a doctor and doctors don’t cook!”, as […]