Posted On Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 09:00:03 AM
Dr KH Sancheti is undoubtedly the universe for his family, particularly for his son Dr Parag and daughter Manisha Sanghavi who help him run the mammoth Sancheti has evolved into.
Both son and daughter don’t interrupt when the senior Sancheti speaks. “I am very happy that two of my children are helping me look after the organisation.
I feel at ease when I know they are looking into matters that I don’t have time to handle,” says Dr Sancheti with a smile. He completes 76 years today and his children feel blessed to have him around.
Dr Parag is a busy man, his day starts very early. Looking after patients from the break of dawn keeps him on his toes. He adds, “I was fortunate to have this hospital as my stepping stone and base.
Once I was done with my medical studies, I joined the organisation.” Did he expect all of his children to join the organisation? Dr Sancheti is quick to reply, “I am happy that two of my children work with me, but at the same time I would have been fine with idea if they had wanted to pursue any other field.”
Administration is Manisha’s forte. She is a lady who is a stickler to punctuality and assures everything runs on time. “My father was a very tough taskmaster, but he has mellowed with time, but I am glad he was strict with us, we have become what we are today because of him,” says Manisha.
What you notice about the three is their mutual respect for one another. Their roles are also clearly defined, barely do their lines cross and meetings are not casual conversations. “When we discuss issues related to Sancheti we do it with outmost seriousness, but at home we are like any other family,” smiles Dr Sancheti.
The three busy individuals look a little tired, but are gracious hosts. Tea and biscuits are whisked into the room — sipping the warm beverage we talk about the family’s plans to expand the organisation. “The goal is to keep growing.
We have several plans for expansion and I am sure that with time we will accomplish all of our goals,” says Dr Parag. At this point, you observe the senior Sancheti looking keenly at his son. The look on his face is that of trust, knowing full well his ideas are being propagated by people he has faith in.
All this while, Manisha speaks very less. She lets the two men do the talking, knowing they have to go out on their hospital rounds. “I am so proud of what my father has achieved, he worked very hard to realise his dreams and I am so glad I am able to help him in his endeavour,” she says.
We are family
Dr Sancheti has a look on his face that seems to say — are we done with the interview? Understandable, because he has legions of patients waiting for his healing touch and Dr Parag also utters something about a patient he has to check.
“We are a big family. Usually, my father takes a break on Sundays,” says Manisha. She then talks about the family — her sisters, her children and her brother’s kids.
You can’t help but notice the fondness she has towards her siblings. This is when you realise the kind of deep respect the family share and probably that’s the reason why the Sanchetis are so successful.