"To Work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward" – Ramakrishna
Gauthamen was born in a small town called Rajapalyam in Tamil Nadu. Due to job-related difficulties his family kept moving. Fiercely protective, his parents shielded him from all of life's tribulations. With just Rs. 5 in his pocket, Gauthamen's father moved house to Alappuzha in search for a job. “My father faced a lot of challenges to educate me. Despite being a B.Com graduate, he did many odd jobs to earn some extra money. I still remember the time he returned to work just 7 days after undergoing a major surgery for gastric ulcers.”
After finishing his schooling, Gauthamen managed to secure a good score in the medical entrance exam but his family had no idea how to meet the expenses. Even the government fee was a huge amount for them. Gauthamen completed his MBBS with the help of the SDF scholarship and subsequently did an MD in Pediatrics. “SDF has helped so many of us without expecting anything in return. This is the most divine deed.”
Gauthamen is currently a Fellow in Neonatal Medicine at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford School of Pediatrics, Oxford. His medical projects include research on cognitive functions in children with sickle cell anemia, autonomic dysreflexia and autistic features in children with Chediak – Higashi syndrome. Gauthamen is hopeful of doing some path breaking research work at Oxford. “I feel that performing your duties and responsibilities with utmost sincerity and without any attachment to the results gives one some much needed peace and equipoise of mind to go further in life. I pray that all of us have the strength to achieve this.”