It is normal for an individual to tag medicine as a dry, exceedingly intellectual profession, the kind that is practiced by nerds in white lab coats. And then you look at Jagdish Chaturvedi, Bangalore-based ENT surgeon who rocks the stage as a stand-up comedian, and invents medical devices that could help millions with solutions to otherwise intractable problems. Jagdish sees medicine as an endlessly creative profession, and calls himself “the first ENTrepreneur.”
The First ENTrepreneur
Jagdish Chaturvedi’s life saving devices aren’t any laughing matter. He has conceptualized and co-invented 18 devices, out of which five medical devices were licensed in the ENT, pulmonology, medicine and hepatobiliary spaces. Wow! But that’s not it. These devices apparently have reduced the treatment costs by over 50% and drastically lowered the maintenance required.
For him, practicing medicine and practicing comedy go hand-in-hand. He also performs as an actor on the small stage. He has recently come up with the pilot episode of his web series ‘Starting Troubles’, the story of which is mostly inspired from true events, it has been exaggerated and dramatised for improving the story line.
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Humour is a Secret Weapon
Not that he believes in the notion that laughter is the best medicine, he does comedy because he sees humor as a secret weapon which can sharpen his creativity and improvisation skills. He got into stand-up comedy about four years ago when his tight schedule no longer allowed him to commit to month-long theatre rehearsals. Stand-up comedy allows him a flexible format, and offers space to write or practice whenever he has time.
When he aptly pinpoints the Bangalore traffic problem saying, “I was born in Bangalore, raised in traffic. My entire life has pretty much been a standstill.”
He as well brings out the doctor inside him on the stage while explaining the traffic issues. He says people diagnose others on the road, saying, “Abbey andha hai kya, dikhta nahi hai?” (Are you blind, can you not see?)
He often debates about ‘men-are-from-Mars, women-are-from-Venus’. Why? He feels most things women say in relationships are ‘confusing’. For example, they often end an argument with, ‘Do whatever you want,’ and it confuses him, he says, because that’s the whole reason for the argument, the things I wanted to do.
Chaturvedi explicitly states that a sign that shows any relationship is going downhill is when a woman asks, “How could you do this to me?”. He adds, there is no possible answer to this question.
In his Youtube series ‘The Magaa of Small Things’, he shows just that!
One day he waited for his wife to make a mistake, and showed the audacity to ask her the same question, “How could you do this to me?”, to which she replied, “How could you say this to me?”
Benefits of Being a Doctor-Comic!
Jagdish Chaturvedi believes that there are several benefits to doing stand-up, as talking to a room full of strangers, making them laugh, has made him more approachable and likable as a doctor.
He has also excelled the art of when and how to keep interactions with patients cheery.
The magical ingredient of comedy has taught him how to use a customised approach and figure out the most effective way to cure his patients.
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