I have been acquainted with ‘House Visits’ of doctors
since I was a little boy. My ‘Doctor Uncle’ often used to
visit our home to treat me for minor illnesses. It used to
be like ‘open your mouth… say ah… hmm…’ or ‘Flex
your legs, now straighten them…’ and so on. That was
in those homely days.
Once I visited an 80 year old lady patient of mine for
a house Call.
‘You are like God that you came to see granny!
‘Can I get you a cup of tea?’
‘ Won’t you have a snack?’
‘ How about some nuts?’
‘ Have you heard that Rahul Dravid hit fifty runs?’
‘ Anil Kumble! Oh gosh! He is out of the world, man,
out of the world…’
‘Do you know that a lot many movies we see on
cable TV are pirated?
After half an hour I suddenly remembered why I was
there. I asked:
‘Can I see your grandma please?’
‘Oh! She left a moment ago to visit the temple. It’ll
take her at least half an hour to return. In the
meanwhile why don’t you taste this new recipe?’ and so
So every house call becomes a memorable
Yet many a time, it is convenient to visit a patient at
home rather than call him or her to the office.
I still remember those days when my favourite
‘Doctor Uncle’ used to examine me and tell me funny
and interesting things.