Umesh Bhat B
Umesh Bhat B is a consultant surgeon born in November 1958 to Shrimathi and Ganapathi Bhat of Belagodu village in Udupi District. Born in a lower middle class family comprising five children, he had a difficult childhood. His father ran a small hotel in a village in Hassan district, Karnataka for some time and returned to their ancestral village. He had his primary education in the village school along with back breaking work in the agricultural fields. A time came when he was almost sent to work in some town before Lady Luck smiled on him and made him continue his education. However, he walked nearly 20 kilometres every day for his high school and junior college without lunch. His hard work was rewarded when he got a merit seat along with scholarships, first for MBBS and then, immediately for MS in General Surgery.
Bhat returned to his native place to work amongst his own people. Though he had a difficult starting in practice, many good people helped and encouraged him. After 30 years of his surgical practice, the author decided to tabulate his trials and tribulations as a surgeon to help others. This story appeared as a serial in a magazine before MUP decided to publish it in a book form. Presently, he continues to practice as a surgeon in the coastal town of Kundapur where he resides with his wife. His two sons stay in Bengaluru, the elder one working as a software engineer and the younger one is a final year student in BIT, Bengaluru.