Duty Of The Gods

Shefali Saxena Friday 28th May 2021 08:22 EDT

Vishal Sahni is an orthopaedic surgeon and author based in the Manchester area. In 2017 he won the best innovation in health care award for developing and performing the first-ever Robot-assisted keyhole surgery on the shoulder joint. He was born and raised in Nagpur, India, known as the tiger capital of the world.

Vishal Sahni is anguished by loneliness amongst the elderly and organises regular tea parties at his residence for them to share stories and sing songs from the 1950s like Que Sera Sera. So far he has resisted their calls to dress as Doris Day though! He lives with his wife and little daughter in a charming seaside village in the North West of England.

In an exclusive chat with Asian Voice he spoke about his book, ‘Duty Of The Gods’. "I wanted the title to evoke a strong reaction especially since the story is set amidst the devastation wreaked by a "once in a century pandemic" and to me, the story demanded a juxtaposition of science and God," Sahni said. 

The book is a  ruthless organization is determined to profit from the Covid19 pandemic at the expense of millions of lives, but two doctors refuse to let them. Dr Rebecca Hartley-Jones, an expert epidemiologist of the GHO, is used to dealing with unknowns. But when her professor sends her to Wuhan, China, she is stunned by what she finds and even more troubled by what it could mean for millions of innocent people around the globe. Her hunt for answers takes her to Iran, where she is thrown behind bars and subjected to spine chilling torture. Dr Raj Kumar, an Indian virologist, joins her in the mission that will take them across the globe, and ultimately, place them in harm’s way and have long-lasting effects on everyone from every nation. Will their quest to find a cure and root out the truth lead to disaster, or will they find the answers they seek and find love?

Doctors are no less than Gods right now. But who do they turn toward while saving the world? Vishal said, "Doctors look up to science to deliver and the supreme job satisfaction keeps them going. The thought that their hard work can save a life and return a loving father or mother, from the jaws of death to their family keeps them going. However, doctors are humans and fallible too. While performing their duty, which is sacrosanct to them, many suffered from severe depression and exhaustion working flat out and some lost their lives. RIP."

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