Love for Surgery: My Life My Passion – Dr Mohit Sharma

Dr. Mohit Sharma Clinical Professor. Specialist in for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Burn Surgery, Ear Reconstruction, from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences spoke about his life and passion.


Dr Sharma started with his experiences in school. He said that all through his life he always wanted to improve and do something better. Through an anecdote from childhood, he advised that it is important to be straightforward and simple and express clearly without hesitation. He explained that being straightforward and simple is one of the divine qualities mentioned in the Gita. He spoke of his experiences in a camp during his fifth grade where he learned that to do service to country one needs “tan, man and dhan’’, i.e. body, mind and wealth. It is not wrong to earn money righteously to help others and help our country. His interest in medicine kindled when he read magazines about heart surgeries and heart transplants. Despite his interest, he said he was an average student with an aversion towards Maths, and he decided to overcome it and wanted to get rid of the label of not being up to the mark, and during his 10th grade, he worked hard in his studies, especially Mathematics. His hard work helped him get a distinction in his exams. He said that it is essential to have a single pointed focus and that helped him focus during his twelfth class on biological sciences and do well in these subjects. He was especially inspired by the shloka that says that God’s grace can make a mute speak with eloquence and a lame person climb high mountains. He felt he can do something incredible if he has faith in God.


According to Dr Sharma life is 90% grace and 10% effort. He advised that when one serves elders and teachers their blessings comes back as grace. Understanding his strengths and weaknesses he put in the right effort to get into the medical college. Grace helped him do well in the entrance exams and he got an admission for MBBS.

His advice for students was that they should join medicine only out of love for the subject, not out of compulsion, without passion the pressure becomes stressful and difficult to manage. He also mentioned that hard work alone is insufficient, intelligent hard work is important. He recollected an advice from a doctor that branches are not important but persons are important. If people are good, then that branch flourishes. He advised the students to take the branch based on interest and not based on its popularity, short gains or easy life. Passion made him pursue surgical sciences.

While doing his MS he got acquainted with Swami Ranganathananda and other saints. Once a Swamiji took him to Amma. During the program, he was called by Amma, and Amma asked him to join AIMS after completing studies.

After completing MS, he started preparing for Plastic Surgery entrance exam. Since he did not do as well as he expected, he was at the top of the waiting list. However, his passion for plastic surgery drove him to meet the Head of the division at the University of Delhi to allow him to observe his surgeries without pay. Within four months he was allowed to scrub in and assist in these surgeries. His passion and perseverance and being available gave Dr Sharma the right opportunity in plastic surgery. He tried the entrance again, however, the second time it was much tougher. Due to the grace of God he got through this time. Through this experience, he demonstrated to the student how one should fight through challenges to do good to humanity.

After his training, he joined AIMS Kochi in the plastic surgery department. He spoke of one surgery he performed in AIMS when they reconstructed the tongue of a patient affected by oral cancer. This groundbreaking surgery took him to England for a couple of fellowships. He then spoke of the successful hand transplants performed by his team. Throughout his talk, he gave examples of how grace helped him get through obstacles; “If you have tremendous self-effort and grace of God, all success will follow”, he concluded with these beautiful words.


I learnt that failure is the stepping stone to success. – Pankajam T

As my ambition is to become a doctor I really enjoyed and imbibed the secrets of his success, his dedication and determination. -Ananya G

Dr Sharma showed us how to stay dedicated to ones work and to always remember that without God’s grace, nothing is possible. – Abhinav Saikrishna Maddipati

He helped more people to attain their happiness so I also want to be a source of happiness like him. -Keerthana G

He is a living example who learnt and applied the Bhagavad Gita. He connected his life to the slokas of Gita. -Aadarsh Kalyaan S

Win over your own fear and that we have to be clear about our goals. -Sannidhi

I learnt that you are the one to lift yourself and so you should always have a single point focus. -U Shriram

Showed us that dedication and ultimate surrender to God can help us achieve miracles. -Aditya R

He is one of the most inspiring personalities I have ever seen. The dedication to his work is very inspiring. -Anupama K Patil

Dr Mohit Sharma’s life was an eye-opener & as I understood how important the grace of God is, the blessings of family, teachers and friends are, to help us soar and that it is actually the key to balance in one’s life. -Amrit Subramaniam

The thing which I liked is that he never stopped learning. I liked him as he was not too smart at first and then he became a person who could help the handless people, get another persons’ hand and thus lead a normal life. -Amruth Ganesh Jm

The importance of the belief in God and his blessings is proved by his journey. The lesson of loving oneself and that we are our best friend and the worst enemy is something which I learnt from his speech. -G Sripujitha

I learnt that if we enjoy the work that we do, then we won’t feel bored while doing that work and that we will be happy doing it. -Yashas Kumara Adi

From his speech, I learnt that we can achieve anything through hard work. -U V Thanushya

He inspired me to have faith in myself and god. -Ramyadevi V

It was an inspiring session and I came to know the miracles he did which made me think more creatively. -Pavithra M

His commitment and passion for his profession and how he rose against all the odds was inspiring. -Anagha Manoj

Mind-blowing. Really deepened my passion towards medicine and service to the world. Really felt my life surge through with his words inspire me to the core. -Vidya Suresh

Learnt that just hard work doesn’t help, you need to have grace as well. -Radha S Navada

Be ready to help the people around, have good friends and always listen to your grandparents. -Praneshwaran V

Interesting. I learnt to be straightforward in my life. We have to be open-minded -Sachin Kurup

I learnt that if we fail one time, we have to try again and again. -Buvana Varthani

Enjoyed the presentation and learned a great deal about the life of a surgeon and how Gita helps to live it right. -Sriram Ganesan

To become successful in life, teamwork is very important. –Dhanushree Ramakrishna

Dr Mohit Sharma taught me that through hard work, simplicity and discipline you can do anything. He derived a lot from Gita using it in the correct way and I wish to do that too. -Kushagrika Marwaha




Love for the hearts: Dr R Krishna Kumar

Dr. Krishna Kumar spoke to the campers during the My Life, My Passion session on June 5, 2013. In this talk, he urged the audience to accept challenges in life. He said it is important to be constantly challenged in life because it stimulates changes and hence keep us alive. He added that learning is not a time-bound process. He urged the students to put their best in every moment of life to attain the satisfaction that leads to an overall development on a daily basis. He also asked them to develop an attitude of Gratitude in life.


Follow your heart and have faith in God.
– Aswathi TS

He made us aware of the difficulties and challenges one has to undergo on the path of achieving the goal.
– Pranav S

Krishna Kumar sir told us to never look at the results just go on for ever.
– Shruti Sreevalsan

It was a really touching experience.
– Amrita Sindhu M

His speech was very inspirational. I learnt that if we practice we can achieve anything in life.
– Thiru Ramakrishnan T

He proved that true love can cure anything.
– Prabu Vignesh S

Love what you do unconditionally and be devoted. We should never compartmentalize our life as a happy zone, relaxation and work zone. The purpose of our life should be the means for our happiness.
– Aiswarya PL

I came to know how care and affection are given to the child by the doctor and his team and also about a great service done in AIMS. My eyes started watering when I saw the video shown by him and hats off to AIMS for providing such kind of services with great doctors.
– Priyadharshini J

I never believed in religion like him. but according to him if you meditate on your work the divine helps you irrespective of whether you believe him or not. God doesn’t grade a devotee with the Poojas and Upavasas he does but on the honesty of work and dedication he has. Dare to swim upstream!!
– Prarthana Shedge

I thought he would speak about the medical field. but he made realize about swimming upstream.
– Arun Prasath B

His talk was inspiring and also after hearing his speech I decided to put in hard work for achieving my goal.
– Ruxana VP

It was a wonderful experience to know about the real medical profession.
His determination to achieve his goals, his desire to come back to his mother country and serve it, was and is really inspirational.
– Akhila A

I learnt from him to never wait for rewards. We should be persistent, then we can achieve anything if we believe in that. Be passionate in our career, try to achieve perfection and be positive!
– Aarathy ER

Learnt about hard work, determination, swimming against the current, turning your work into a meditation!! Wonderful.
– Geethanjali VS

It was an apt talk for our session “My life My passion”. That was it. To swim upstream. Indeed an inspiring talk.
– Aswathi Krishna RL

Got inspired by his talk. His love towards the profession is appreciable.
– Silpasree SJ

To have such a doctor in our society is a true asset. His life story was very inspiring.
– Anjali Anil

Thank you so much for sharing with us your experiences in the medical field. You showed us that true success can be achieved only by going up the tide. And thus stay happy by showing true conviction and dedication to that one passion.
– Arjun CB

Glad I attended his session, it’s one of the best things that has happened.
– Harisankar KH

Ramanji session was a profound and astonishing session. The session was one of the best of all. I learned how working as a team is a vital part for every success and how every small role is important in the completion of the job.
– Sujith P Shaju

I have learned that we should not swim according to the stream rather we should challenge it by going opposite the stream and face challenges.
– Rahul Kowshik R

It was a good session with Dr. Raman about Pediatric heart surgery. Through this session I came to know that meditation is not only when we sit with closed eyes. It’s when we involve our self completely, focused on some goal.
– Nishanth Bhat K

I got an idea how to be a successful team leader.
– Koushik K.K.S

If we can make other happy and we will be happy.
– Sathyamoorthy A

I learned how we have to sail upstream and we have to learn for our joy.
– Ram Prasath VR

Learnt, how to plan for my goal.
– Prashanth S

It was the most awesome speech I ever heard. He was very informative and taught us how to find the purpose of our life.
– Divyaprasaath S

A person who taught us the story of the salmon that swims upstream. We’ll never give up sir.
– Hrishikesh Sivanandan

I learnt patience, passion, and dedication from him.
– Balakrishnaveni A

Great, we understood the peak point of love and dedication. I really admire his sense of determination and perseverance.
– Gayathri PS

This person had always inspired me otherwise too as I have heard a lot about him! He had so many points in correlation with Gita and he could inspire so many of the other students too. I had many of them come and tell me at the end of the session. Inspired us to go “up the stream”.
– Medhini Menon

An inspiring session, no words to explain.
– Parvathy Venugopal

Is an inspiration for the youth who like to achieve their passion in life and like going against the flow of river. The way he took the session was really interesting and I didn’t get distracted at all. Love the fact that he came back to India and is serving in AIMS and helping the poor and dejected people of our country. He is one of the few people whom I have seen who doesn’t give a damn to money.
– Anjanikumar Pathak