Interview with Dr. Pradnya Dhokrikar- Small Animal Veterinarian

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In our pursuit to assist the youth to make the Right Academic/Career Choices, we have interviewed several successful individuals.

This interview is with renowned Veterinarian, Dr. Pradnya.

She is a highly qualified subject matter expert who is on a continuous learning journey, consulted by many in her profession in India and abroad.

For Dr. Pradnya, love and passion for animal well-being, empathy for pets and their owners, communication skills and dedication have been the contributory success factors.

Reading her interview will be insightful, motivating and will give direction to people who have love and passion for working with animals.

Read on to find what she has to share about her profession and Veterinary practice.

CB5: Dr. Pradnya Please share some detail about your current professional activities. What do you do?

Dr. Pradnya: I am a small animal veterinarian  – I treat cats, dogs, birds, and turtles. I have been practicing in Pune since 1995. My clinic – “PETS CLINIC” offers a complete range of veterinary services including physical examination, vaccination, diagnosis and treatment, spay/neutering, dental care, surgical care, blood work and preventive medicine.

CB5: What is the degree that one needs to practice as a veterinarian? How did you decide on this line for your formal education? What made you select this line of study?

Dr. Pradnya: My basic degree is Bachelors of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc); thereafter I did Masters in Veterinary Medicine (M.V.Sc) in Mumbai and then another Masters in the US – MS Small Animal Surgery.

As a school going girl (1970-80) I had many options to decide like Theater, TV (was a new opening in 1970’s in India), studying law. But I took our pet Pomeranian dog – Bosky to a veterinarian in Mumbai – Dr. Doshi and then I decided I would be a Veterinarian. The Vet’s way of handling my dog and other patients, his client interaction – all impressed me as a 10th-12th std girl and helped me to choose my career.

CB5: How did you begin your profession?

Dr. Pradnya: Soon after I completed my M.V.Sc, I started working. First I did house visits, but I soon realized the need of having a clinic, where the patients can be treated in-house and “ PETS CLINIC” was set up in 1990.

CB5: What do you enjoy most about your job as a Veterinarian?

Dr. Pradnya: The most rewarding/enjoyable part of my profession is to treat and help animals on a daily basis,The chance to promote health of the pets, the joy of resolving a dystocia (difficult labor) and holding the newly born puppy/kitten in your hands, a very sick animal who walks with a wagging tail. The happiness is endless!

Also to relieve the pet of its suffering that has experienced terminal or chronic illnesses is not enjoyable but satisfying that as a vet, I could help them cross the rainbow bridge in the least painful way.

CB5: In your opinion what are your success factors? What elements about your personality help in this success?

Dr. Pradnya: Success factors:

a) Communication skills- very important. Through talking, listening to owners, observing the body language of owners

b) Scientific knowledge- The training and skills achieved during rigorous learning years. Knowledge of anatomy, diseases and behavior patterns.

c) Empathy/ Compassion- Towards both – animals and their owners. To be able to put animals and their owners at ease during their visit.

d) Dedication and passion for animals

e) Being available and

f) Quick decision making

 

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CB5: What are the significant achievements in your present career that you would like our readers to know?

Dr. Pradnya: 27 years ago I started a very basic clinic, where I would treat and vaccinate animals. Now we have a full-fledged clinic with facilities for advanced care and referrals. New graduates are interested in learning/practicing at my clinic. Few students have also started their own practice after working with me or have gone abroad to work or practice.

Academically, I was awarded the Rotary International Scholarship to pursue Masters Degree in Small Animal Surgery in the US and last year an Externship in Ophthalmology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Israel.

CB5: What were some of the sacrifices you had to make to reach the level of success that you have achieved?

Dr. Pradnya: Long years of Study –  almost 7-8 years.

It hurts/ pains when I have to euthanize an animal/pet

One has to be on call – No private life

Physically and mentally demanding. Sometimes emotionally too.

CB5: Would you have any advice for the younger generation, especially someone who is at crossroads trying to select an education path, say someone between ages 14-21 years?

Dr. Pradnya: Those who want to be Veterinarians- think, think and think….

You have to love and have a passion for animals. This is not a getaway if you don’t get into medical school.

If you are here to make money, you are greatly mistaken. You are in the wrong profession! Expect to earn 15%-25% less of what human doctors make. Expect to work long hours, not get lunch, stay late after work. You have to witness a lot of sad (very sad) and depressing cases. Have to deal with owner’s who are unhappy/stressed out.

Being a Veterinarian is not glamorous. It is often very depressing, heart-wrenching job.

CB5: Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?

Dr. Pradnya: I love my job. I have passion for animal well-being and I honestly cannot see myself doing anything else as a career

CB5: Thank You for the wonderful interview. We are sure that your words of experience will help our young readers and parents gain better insight about Veterinary Doctor as a Profession.

CB5: That was Dr. Pradnya Dhokrikar- Small Animal Veterinarian, giving us deep insights on her experiences in choosing and rising in the profession.

Hope this gives our readers a new perspective about Veterinary Doctor as a Profession

Until our next Blog on another interesting profession…

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Interview with Pratap Jadhav- Interior Designer, National President, Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID).

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In our pursuit to assist the youth to make the Right Academic/Career Choices, we have interviewed several successful individuals from various professions.

The second in the series is Mr. Pratap Jadhav, Interior Designer, National President, Institute of Indian Interior Designers.

For Pratap, the fun and thrill he gets out of design and creativity, his communication skills, fair practices, compassion and dedication have been the contributory success factors.

Read on to find what he has to share about his Illustrious Career…

CB5: Mr. Jadhav… As an Interior Designer, you are in a very interesting and creative profession which actually impacts everyone… Can you please share with us some detail about your profession? What do Interior Design specialists like you do?

Pratap Jadhav: I am an interior designer by profession and we have been now working for last 27 years in Interior design consultancy. We have largely been doing residential, high-end residential, corporate offices and commercial projects. It has been a wide spectrum, but we have a very selective clientele. Because of our approach of not overdoing and keeping it simple. We try and limit the number of projects we do at a time, because we aim for the best for our client and every project that we do.

Parallel to this, I am also heading the professional body as the National President of Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) in India. So a lot of effort and contribution has been done from our end for the profession of Interior design in India.

CB5: How did you decide on the field of Interior Design for your formal education? What made you study Interior Design??

Pratap Jadhav: We have it in the family, my father was an architect, so we obviously had some creativity in our blood. But the reason I did not opt for architecture was that I wanted to run away from five years of education , I was always fascinated by the interior spaces. One  actually deals with client psychology on day to day basis, understand each and every person in their family, or people working in the offices and understand human behavior, human psychology, culture. Interiors felt so intriguing at that time, rather than doing architecture because it would go on for years and interior projects would get faster outcomes. I was being a little rebellious then. I was actually planning to go for advertising but then destiny was to make me an interior designer.

CB5: Very Interesting! And Where did you study ID? What were/are your motivators? Who are your icons?

Pratap Jadhav: I studied in Marathwada Mitra Mandal, it was the first batch of the School of Interior Design, blessed with a wonderful faculty like Hemant Khire and R.M Kulkarni. They are still my gurus, and they groomed us so well that we don’t call ourselves as accomplished designers even now, as every day we learn something, we understand something new. This field is still very new and young so to say, it’s still growing and you have to keep your eyes, ears, all senses open to be able to absorb and understand this.

My father, was a big ideal for me, highly creative person, the projects that he has done I feel are still contemporary. His work, his principles on which he laid his foundation, his practice throughout his life, the respect that he garnered from the family, from the clients, from the entire fraternity, from the public at large was something which has made my being into this field little easier, as the ideal was at home itself. I could see his success and I could see the satisfaction on his face, he was never bogged by anything else and he was always a focussed individual throughout his life. He was also a leader, he headed Nasik’s IIA center, so even some of the leadership qualities in me are inherent. He was “THE” reason I got into all this. I try and follow his principles, an absolutely non-corrupt man, fair and very sincere to his work – I think I learned that from him. So my father was my biggest motivator. Apart from him, in practice, I adore the work of Charles Correa, Ramesh Edwankar along with Chandrashekhar Kanetkar. I tried to learn a lot from them. These have been an inspiration and because of whom the whole design process or the design ability or the design understanding grew.

 

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CB5: Wow…when you have such a set of mentors how can you escape success? And what do you enjoy most about your work as an Interior Designer?

Pratap Jadhav: Nobody can copy you, nobody can replicate what you have done. It’s not possible, even if I open the book and I try to replicate something, it’s not going to work, so that’s the thrill. The first day of my college we were told to draw a line and one single line also cannot be repeated even by ourselves. So that uniqueness and fun that one gets out of that creativity was something which excites me.

CB5: In your opinion what has made you successful? What are your success factors? AND What elements about your personality help in this success?

Pratap Jadhav: I can come across people, I can speak well, I have been very sincere, fair like my father, my principles have been laid and I can’t compromise them. Being able to communicate effectively is one of my biggest assets and again thanks to my father who made me participate in debates and competitions, elocution competitions from my childhood. So that gave me a stage here and got opportunities. My ability to be able to do public speaking has given me a lot of openings and opportunities in life and plus the principles I have, the philosophy that I follow and something which supports all this to make me a better leader.

CB5: What are the significant achievements in your present career that you would like our readers to know?

Pratap Jadhav: A happy family, secondly we have done really good work which I enjoy myself, I don’t know how much of it is appreciated but otherwise we have niche clients, we don’t do lot of projects at a time, our work has been published, as a leader I have been appreciated for my work throughout India and across Asia Pacific. Additionally,  on 7th July I will be awarded as a Prime Leader by CNBC TV and Chamber of Commerce of Dubai. So these are highs in life, but  I believe the highs or satisfaction that I get through every project that I complete, that’s where I feel we have achieved, because we put in a lot of effort and energy in getting a project done. Though I feel because of my IIID, some part of it has been left out, research could have happened more, we could have done better sites than what we are doing, but still, at the end of the day, we get the results. So we are enjoying the process, that’s where the gain is that’s where the appreciation that has come from across India, across Asia Pacific board of designers. It gives us a good feeling that we work, we are approached, we are appreciated. The work is happening, the sites are coming up well, we are evolving every day we are doing better work every day.

CB5: What were some of the sacrifices you had to make to reach the level of success that you have achieved?

Pratap Jadhav: Huge – the only sacrifice I feel is my time to my family which is largely reduced because of my commitment to IIID. I have traveled extensively in the last 2.5 years, hardly get time to be with my family, and my daughters, but nevertheless, I feel that there is some gain. They will look at me as an ideal and follow it in their lives. But still, I feel at times I could have given more time to them.

Even in office a lot of my absence is been felt. I haven’t been giving a lot of time, but because of the wonderful staff that I have and the quality of delegating things to people which helped me in IIID leadership is also helping me here. I just do the work of my core competence that is design. I don’t do anything else, my staff is the one working day in and day out. My man Friday Ankush Ghare is my life line at work along with my design staff.

CB5: So focussed hard work appears to be an important mantra! Would you have any advice for the younger generation, especially someone who is at crossroads trying to select an education path, say someone between ages 14-21 years?

Pratap Jadhav: Work hard, gain as much knowledge as you can and then be proactive. Keep doing work, don’t look at the time. It pays ultimately. Be fair in your practices. I see a lot of younger generation getting into wrong practices or trying to establish their practices in wrong ways. I strongly believe if you work hard, if you are fair throughout your practice, it might take a decade or a half but at the end of the day what comes to you is the satisfaction and also recognition, money follows.

Read more. Reading is something which the younger generation is not doing right now. Huge amount of reading is required to have a holistic approach towards design. We have to understand humanities, culture, religion, to be able to be a good designer!

Become Self Aware. I have been blessed, there were some extremes in my personality which were pointedly identified in the CB5 and it has helped me gain confidence and leadership that was accepted at IIID and now I have been asked to repeat the tenure and it’s all because of that one thing that was pointed out and it has helped me a lot. It has given me a wonderful insight. I have recommended so many of my friends to do CB5 and benefit from the counseling, because I myself strongly believe that CB5 has given me the mirror that I could stand in front of and understand myself so well.  I feel CB5 is a very scientific way of knowing yourself. So I must thank Ms.Chatura Damle and CB5 for the same.

CB5: Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?

Pratap Jadhav: I would rather talk of two things – Design and Leadership.  We were always driven by trying to achieve timeless design solutions, so even though our office space is almost 10 years old, it looks like it has been done yesterday and 10 years down the line it will still look like it has been done yesterday. So this is what we try to achieve, trying to be minimalistic. I know this is a little difficult and heavy term for me to use at this age. Even though I am 52 right now, trying to be minimal, trying to eliminate things that are not essential in space and trying to make it better, user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. I strongly believe that SPACES INFLUENCE YOU, YOUR LIFE so that is the reason we have come out with the mission of “Taking design to the masses” at IIID, for last few years. There is a notion that design is only for the elite, which is not so. Every individual in this country or in this world deserves a lifestyle and we have not let design reach those classes which are on edge. That is what we are driven towards now. We had a design yatra which was 26000 km’s, taking design to the masses, we had 12 episodes on NDTV Good times repeated thrice, we tried to reach to the masses to make them understand what design is. We conducted 450 programs across India and 45 projects have been undertaken by IIID. Because we do something as a design, it stands as an ideal, people do understand how design can influence their life and how it changes. The chaos that we see around in the society right now can largely be reduced if we have a nicely designed society. So that’s our mission, that’s where we head towards, that’s where I would like to work.

Education is another field that we have worked in. 31 colleges are affiliated with IIID. We are trying to enhance the quality of education in Interior design in India. We have formed the Council of Interior Design Education. We are trying to get licensing to practice Interior Design in India.

CB5: Thank You for the wonderful and detailed interview. We are sure that your experiences will help our young readers and parents gain from your experiences.

CB5: That was Mr. Pratap Jadhav, President of IIID giving us deep insights on his experiences in choosing and rising in the profession. Hope this gives our readers a new perspective about Interior Design…

Until our next Blog on another interesting profession…

Thank You

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From Veterinary Medicine to Acting, Television to Movie Direction & ScreenPlay: The Nitish Bharadwaj Story

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In our pursuit to assist the youth to make the Right Academic/Career Choices, we have interviewed several successful individuals.

The first in this series is our interview with the famous Dr. Nitish Bharadwaj, Actor, Director and Screenwriter.

For Dr. Bharadwaj, passion for cinema, hunger for knowledge, persistent hard work and constant search for originality while being different, are the contributory success factors.

Read on to find what he has to share on his CAREER movement…

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CB5: Please share some detail about your current professional activities. What do you do?

NB: After having tasted flavors of various walks of life in India & abroad, I am now completely focused on my film career, mainly as a director & screenwriter.

CB5: Your formal education and your professional career have different tracks…How did you decide on the line for the formal education? What made you select this line of study?

NB: My love for horses & tigers made me choose Veterinary Medicine for formal education. Moreover, I was hell bent on not becoming a ‘human doctor’, which was considered the 1st choice in any middle-class household. So, in a way, I rebelled to choose Vet Medicine.

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CB5: When and How did you get into your current area of work? What were/are your motivators? What made you change your career path as defined by your formal education?

NB: I was trained in children’s theater and was taught all the aspects of theater, esp. writing, art direction, make-up, lights, music and lastly acting. It remained my hobby all through my formal education. I kept on acting or directing on stage. My only motivation for the stage was the challenge it offered in every new play. However, I was also tremendously attracted to Cinema for its magic of storytelling, the art, costumes, music but mostly its unlimited scope to go beyond one stage. This aspect of theater always restricted my creativity. Cinema allowed me to break rules, form newer boundaries… there was no limit on my creativity.

As a person, I need newer horizons to conquer in life & theater shows as well as cinema gave me that fodder. There was no end to my dreaming, no restrictions at all. So, when I felt stagnated as an asstt. Vet at Mumbai Racecourse, the natural shift for me was theater & films. I made that as my career.

CB5: What do you enjoy most about your current profession?

NB: Ability to create, which I believe is God’s own ability. To weave a story from a seed of an idea & to dream for months to write a screenplay. Then the toil of making it for celluloid where I am involved in every department of cinema. It offers me an opportunity to research in diverse fields other than films, such as history, art, literature, architecture, music, costumes, fashion, metallurgy, trade, human behavior & psychology. I learn something new every day and with every new subject. This keeps the fire in my belly alive; the fire to reach new destinations, fire to excel & outperform my past work. I can not ever stagnate in life. That would finish my zeal of life.

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CB5: In your opinion what are your success factors? What elements about your personality help in this success?

NB: My success factors ?- Passion for cinema, hunger for knowledge, focus on hard work, ability to immerse in something that I believe in, constant search for originality & to be different than the crowd.

Success? It is a relative term. I just enjoy the journey. In my heart, I am a child who wants to explore new horizons, set my own goals & achieve them.

CB5: What are the significant achievements in your present career that you would like our readers to know?

NB: My portrayal of Lord Krishnā in Mahābharat, Parshuram in Vishnu Puran, a Gandharva in a Malayalam film ‘Njan Gandharvan’ & my directorial debut film in Marathi titled ‘Pitruroon’. I must move on to bigger & seemingly more difficult subjects for my next films as a director.

CB5: What were some of the sacrifices you had to make to reach the level of success that you have achieved?

NB: Sacrifices? Not really. God has been extremely kind to me; so were my supportive parents. But the ups & downs of professional as well as personal life taught me a great deal & have made me a person mature enough to take on the mantle of a film director. LIFE IS THE BEST SCHOOL!

CB5: Would you have any advice for the younger generation, especially someone who is at crossroads trying to select an education path, say someone between ages 14-21 years?

NB: I think I have something to tell the parents, and it applies to me too. Keep the children away from the false virtual world for as long as possible and expose them to various things like books, art, sports, music, drama, dance, literature, food … from the age of 4 till 14, so that they realize where their passion lies. They must be soaked in these options to begin with. It is now almost proved that modern tools of communication are making anti-social robots & slaves out of our children. Practice restraint & teach restraint to your children. Gadgets should be made available to kids when they absolutely need them. Bring your kids closer to nature & not iPad screens. Nature humbles you, teaches mutual respect. Don’t buy your children’s love with gifts. The best gift a parent can give his/her child is ‘quality time’. If a parent achieves this, the child will automatically choose its education &/or career path wisely.

One can sustain a lifetime only in a field which is closest to one’s heart. And mind you, money has never brought happiness, peace & a sense of fulfillment to anyone in life. Demonstrate this to your child & your job is done.

I know it sounds easy but is difficult…. Peer pressure etc. etc. … but then, it isn’t impossible anyway!

CB5: Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?

NB: ‘The Manual of the Warrior of light’ by Paulo Coelho

‘The art of man-making’ by Swami Chinmayanand Ji and of course…

The ‘Bhagvad Geeta’ by Lord Krishnā.

If possible, the Yoga & meditation, to be learnt from a qualified Guru.

HARI AUM TAT SAT!

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