I write this not because the doctor we are talking about is my FATHER (though, I won’t deny that this fact makes me prouder). However, I write this because what this man is doing or rather has been doing for the past 25 years is indeed commendable. An era where every profession is commerce oriented, where doctors’ bills are as big as Disney Land itinerary for an Indian family; Dr. Sandip Pandey offers medical services for free. Yes, like all other great medical practitioners his healthcare centres conduct Free Health Check-up Camps but what separates Dr. Pandey from his peers is that his hospital has a free consultation period everyday of a year.

Any patient can visit Sanjivani Healthcare between 9 am to 11 am and consult doctors here for free. Moreover, the fee charged between 11 am to 9 pm is as nominal as Rs 50; and after 9 pm the fee is just Rs 1oo. Being associated (quite closely) with men like Dr. Pandey is a blessing for me. When we see people like him serving the society so selflessly and not for a day or a year but for almost their entire career, it gives us a glimmer of hope. Hope that goodness is still there, hope that there are people in this society who actually care. In an age where news of heinous crime, including female infanticide, rape, murder and what not make us question the direction in which are we moving; news like this save the day.

I thank you Dr. Pandey for being what you are. I also thank you for being my Daddy. I am blessed to be your daughter. I am proud to be D/O Dr. Sandip Pandey.

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