Now who has caught our attention over the last year as much on Facebook and whatsapp as the cartoonist with that tongue in cheek sense of humour, who has helped us laugh at ourselves and make life a little bit easier in our duty rooms, cafetarias and…..confess it, even some OPDs and ORs. TREAT caught up with him recently for a small peek at the man behind Laughing Doses.
I did my MBBS from Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital (admissions batch 2000) following which I did my M.D. Anaesthesiology in 2010 from SRTRMC, Ambajogai.
After doing freelance work for two years in Solapur, I joined SMSSR, Solapur in 2012 as a Full time Anaesthesia Consultant.
How I started cartooning:
I was good at drawing even as a child. Though I received numerous prizes for drawing at School and accredited government conducted exams, I drew my 1st cartoon only in 2003 during my second year of MBBS. It was on the state of Medical students while studying heavy books. Then came the many cartoons during college events .
Then there was this huge gap when I was working as a Resident and later, doing freelance work. It was when I started working as a full timer with fixed hours , I got time again for cartoons.
The huge response on Facebook and Whatsapp has been a large impetus and keeps me going.At present around 13000 people have joined my Facebook page “Laughing DOSES”.
RKLaxman has been my major inspiration. When some of my doctor friends call me “Laxman of the Medical field” , it feels really great.
On my radar:
Of course surgeons are on the radar but favourite target are Obstetricians and Gynaecologists . They keep us on our toes 24 hours….. with their “Its fetal distress …. Come stat”. And we have to go breaking our schedule.
But to be fair, many of my cartoons are on Anaesthetists itself.
Given the online medium, I’ve adopted the following method- once I’ve imagined the concept, I directly use tracing tools on image editing software to draw the pictures. Sometimes to get a particular nuance or expression right, I check for the same or similar on the net.
Anaesthetists should have a sense of humour ………
Because his job is not only make the patient pain free but to reduce the stress of the Surgeon and make him stress free.
Thanks, Ganesh Choudhari, for keeping us in great spirits. Here’s wishing you a fun filled career loading more such doses of laughter. Cheers !!