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Since 1st March, 1999
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A hobby for every hour of day


Doctor, magician, mathematician, musician, poet… Abhijit Das is a jack of many trades and teacher of most. This 39-year-old doesn’t believe in wasting time. Making most of the “God-given hours” in a day is his motto. His day begins at 5 am with an hour of yoga and ends at midnight, after a round of clinics and surgeries. On other days, it’s workshops, seminars and teaching. “I am not abnormal,” he smiles. “Just off-normal.”

Although now a Mumbaikar, the gynaecological surgeon was born and brought up at Purna Das Road. The Nilratan Sirkar Medical College student went to Edinburgh and London in 1987 to pursue his chosen profession for the next 14 years. “I came back to India because I wanted to give my daughter a Bengali upbringing,” the father of a nine-year-old says.

Das’ fascination for things off the beaten track led him to pursue a variety of activities right from childhood. The member of the Magic Circle in London and the Brotherhood of Magicians in Ohio, USA, held his first “public show” as a student in La Martiniere for Boys. The specialist in close-up and sleight-of-hand tricks continues to perform, in medical conferences and public shows.

Music, however, is his passion. This composer has two post-graduate degrees and a M.Phil from Calcutta University. From making music for school plays, he now performs solo in India and abroad, and continues to compose for theatre, as well as acting and directing numerous stage productions every year. Violin or vocal, classical or contemporary, he knows and enjoys it all.

This “romantic at heart” writer has had poems and short stories published, too. The soft-spoken gentleman is also a black belt in karate. But it’s language that gets this diploma-holder in German going. The man of science is currently working on literature of a different kind — a book on the supernatural and the occult. “I have researched, for many years, things that I cannot explain. It’s a hobby,” Das adds.

All this, apart from his most recent obsession — teaching alternate ways of doing pure maths and working on the “zoom in” method of study to improve the memory. “This was something I got involved with when I was abroad.” Now, he roams the country conducting workshops on Vedic maths and memory enhancement, besides holding seminars on corporate grooming. Techniques of yoga, which he learnt after spending nine months in an ashram, is what Das propagates, be it to relieve stress or to concentrate.

Creativity is his spice of life. The diploma-holder in interior and computer-assisted designing, in his leisure time, creates envelopes and cards, besides delving in origami. “In Class VII, I was into magic, art, karate and music. I see no reason to be any different now,” Das sums up.

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