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The Phoenix Doctors Paperback – 14 January 2021

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Meet the Protagonists:



Karthik is the epitome of hard work and sincerity. He has risen from a life of penury to be doctor. His only interest hovers around, what is best for the patient. He does not budge to hierarchal slavery, financial pressures and rapacity of the boss. He fights against the odds to uphold his highest morals and values.



Meera is the perfect blend of beauty and brain. One would fall for her elegance and gorgeous nature, even at first sight. She is one of the outstanding medical students and despite lucrative opportunities, chooses to work in a government hospital. The romance between the doctor couple is the icing on the cake of the story.


A rich man, born with a silver spoon. He has his tentacles spread over multiple businesses, including running a multi-specialty hospital. He pushes doctors working in his enterprise to increase their practice scandalously. He follows sinister ways to trouble the lives of Karthik and Meera.

Q&As with the author:

1. Is “The Phoenix Doctors”, a medical novel?

I wouldn’t tag it like that. It is a social novel addressing a growing problem faced by our country. In fact, it has everything in it – angst, sorrow, fear, threat, romance, comedy, tragedy, thrill, fun and all. The common thread that binds it is the lives of doctors. It should be read by every conscientious citizen.

2. Why do you think that it should be read by the common public?

As a doctor, one of the key issues which constantly bothers me is how our society views doctors. On one side, we see extremely successful treatments, and happy patients venerating doctors as Gods. On the other side, the vandalism in hospitals and brutal attacks against doctors have become a common occurrence. It is agreeable and unfortunate that the medical profession is losing its nobility and rectitude in the last two decades, and is now metamorphosing into a business enterprise. The doctor-patient bonhomie is lost and the medical profession is considered a paid service. But in this transformation, what is the exact role played by the doctors? Isn’t it true that society is also part of this unfair situation?

For young invigorated minds, who want to become doctors in the future, the present society does not offer any hope. For meritorious medical students, stepping out of the profession with tall hopes, what are we offering?

3. Lot of readers loved the romance in the story between the main protagonists, Karthik and Meera. Would you like to say something about this?

It is true that I enjoyed writing this particular segment. The subject of the story is a hard truth and I had to bring in medical terminologies and facts to help the reader understand the difficulties of a doctor’s education and practice. So, to bring in some levity to the story, a romance was essential and it came out really nice. The characterisation of Meera was especially well fleshed out and many fell in love with the character. I believe that the story was aptly titled in plural, since it gives lot of importance to Dr Meera. Interestingly, the romance was the only fictional segment in the story. Many of the events that happen in the story like the deaths, poor treatment of young doctors, corporate snobbery and governmental inadequacies were real events.

4. How did you come to write The Phoenix Doctors? How much of the story is drawn from your own experience as a physician?

Many doctors are very ethical and kind hearted humnas. I have seen doctors cry when a patient’s clinical condition turns irretrievable. I have seen doctors spending from their pocket to help poor people in the Government hospitals. I have seen young medical students scrambling to donate blood to save their patients. I have seen doctors work continuously for 36 hours to take care of sick patients. If someone believes that these doctors did these acts for money, then it is a shame on our society. For many of us (doctors), the only interest in striving hard in the hospital would be the well-being of a fellow human. Nothing else.

But looking at the problems faced by doctors and the society being totally oblivious to it, I wanted the common man to understand the real hardships faced by doctors in delivering good health care to the public. I believed that a story is the best way of passing a message to an audience in an interesting manner. I am glad that it had come out well and reached a good part of the society. For the second part of the question, I had drawn inspirations from many doctors for the story. About 60% would be my own personal experiences.

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About the Author

Dr Rishi Kanna is a practising spine surgeon, based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He is an active blogger and has written more than a hundred blogs in social media, and several of them have been published in the national edition of The Hindu newspaper.

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd (14 January 2021); Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 939046367X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9390463671
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 180 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 1.42 x 21.59 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
  • Importer ‏ : ‎ Leadstart Inkstate
  • Packer ‏ : ‎ Leadstart Inkstate
  • Generic Name ‏ : ‎ Book
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 14 February 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Creations come from Powerful People; Powerful People make their Creations Powerful.
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 15 March 2021
I have just finished the wonderful book "THE PHOENIX DOCTORS" - Name says it all.

As every common people, I too had different thoughts on Doctors. The mystery in healthcare system is never understood by any common man irrespective of their literacy level. Being the front liners of the hospital, its quite natural for people to consider Doctor as the responsible person for the overall healthcare cost but this book has clearly depicted how Doctors from normal background struggles to provide an affordable treatment for the common public.

There are many reasons for me to love this book

1) The biggest problem in our Healthcare system is presented in an easily understandable story form.
2) Characters are framed sensibly, especially the hero and heroine are chosen to be part of two extreme environment, Private and the Government hospital which helped us to understand the challenges the Doctors have in these sectors.
3) The story is a gripping one, the best story should take us along in the travel from its first line and undoubtfully this story does that. It has aspiration, career, economy, love, care, stress, sacrifice, dignity and what not. A perfect blend of all of them.
4) The way the story is started and ended, the end indeed justifies the title of the book.
5) Sentence fluency is smooth and expressive, right words used at the right place with no extra unwanted words. Thoughtfully, Readers time is used judiciously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all doctors and non-doctors too!
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 11 February 2021
The lead character in the book is an Orthopaedic Surgeon Kartik; it's a timeline of sorts, his journey from down south in Madurai to far up north in Chandigarh to one of the premier institutes of the country and then back to Coimbatore.
It chronicles his journey in detail, from a trainee to a successful surgeon/entrepreneur, the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows, the good and bad all in a very lucid style, one can clearly visualise the story , as if happening in front of one's eyes...
Being a Ortho and having made a similar journey of sorts ,from Odisha to the same institute and then back, I could relate very well to each and every bit of the book, simply loved the flashback of sorts and had to finish reading it in one go!
The reader who is not a doctor too will, I am sure love reading about the life/aspect/facet of a doctor they hardly know about.
Quite often people forget that a doctor is human too and see them merely as money spinning heartless machines.
Books like these show how much of sweat, blood and sacrifice goes into making a successful surgeon/doctor and remind that they too are humans after all!
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