Inspired by Life
Dr. Mohit Agarwal of Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, Delhi, is one of the most dynamic medical oncologists in the country, with nearly a decade of clinical experience. He considers his commitment and sensitivity to be his biggest assets as they help him empathize with his patientsBY Rosy Jose
How would you describe yourself?
A determined, sensitive workaholic.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
My biggest strengths are my commitment to my work, and my innate ability to empathize with my patients. My biggest weakness is my impatience.
How do you unwind at the end of a tiring day at work?
Playing with my kids is what I look forward to at the end of every day. Reading a few pages every night before sleep is part of my bedtime ritual, which I have followed since I was a kid.
Who would you say has inspired you the most in your life?
My grandfather is my source of inspiration. I am what I am today only because of him. I lost my father at a very young age. My grandfather took it upon himself to take care of us. He motivated and supported me to be a doctor. He believed this profession was an opportunity to provide a great service to mankind. I remember that when I used to study late into the night, my grandfather used to get up and make coffee for me. He was the happiest when I got my MBBS seat.
Who is the most important person in your life?
Obviously, my wife. Do you even think I can dare name anyone else? Jokes apart, she is my strength and takes care of every aspect of our life so well that I can concentrate on being a good doctor.
Are you involved in any initiatives apart from work?
I am actively involved in various cancer awareness camps and initiatives. I have been conducting screening camps for tribal populations in Jharkhand.
What are your hobbies?
I have always had a penchant for collecting things that take my fancy. As a kid, I had a huge stamp collection, airline stickers (the ones which were put on the baggage) and the most eclectic of all, bird feathers. Presently, I would say music and books. I truly relish concerts, from ghazals to hip-hop.
What is your fitness mantra?
My fitness mantra is simple: be active and eat right. I love going for a walk in the evening. I also play badminton when time permits.
Tell us something about Delhi that you feel is unique.
Architecturally, Delhi is a unique mix of the modern and the traditional; you can see high rises along with monuments, Old Delhi and Lutyen zones. The street food available in Delhi cannot be compared to any other place in the world. It has adapted to different flavors—Chinese bhel, Italian aloo paratha. For any foodie visiting Delhi, Chandni Chowk is a must-visit.
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