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A doctor of words

Straddling two diverse vocations with ease is what makes this `doctor of words' different.


WHEN DR. Ushy Mohandas talks it pours words. The lady is no mean crafter of words, no glib speaker, not that blah! Blah! Her wordplay is much sought after just as her skilled hands are required for performing specialised surgery on children.

The twain it seems has finally met in her. A paediatric surgeon, a guest faculty in several educational institutes in Bangalore and a master of ceremony for corporate launches and concepts, Ushy speaks a dime to a dozen. But her words hold crowds. Her words send them into peals of laughter. She holds people at functions together for long, long hours and when back at her true vocation in Pedodontic, she is the serious professional dealing with lives of little children.

In connection with the launch of a new line of sanitary ware in the city, Ushy says, "This is the first loo launch I'm going to compere. Shall I begin with `O! shit?' Jokes apart. I have been compering for corporates for a long time now. I have done most of the automobile launches, as I love cars. I work with Infosys, IBM, SAP Systems and am a radio jockey with Prasar Bharati."

Corporate compering involves skilled talking, "a little more complicated," and deals with a product or a concept, something technical like software. "I'm more of a via media between dealers and the company, on the occasion. I break the monotony of a very technical launch and it does include a bit of histrionics. Knowing several languages and a good command of English is very handy. As I know Malayalam it is comes very useful here," explains Ushy, calling herself a `manufacturing defect' at her strange professional combination.

Hosting the New Year eve function at the KLR ( Kumarakom Lake Resorts) for the last three years, where the who's who of the world holiday, Ushy is paid a whopping sum for, "a night long of talking". "It is very laborious, as a word can mar or make an occasion. I want people to not look at me but to look at my words," says Ushy as she carefully chooses them for people to lend her their ears. "My one side of the brain is technical and the other creative. Together it makes a whole me. And they tease me by calling me Dr. Tongue Fu, as I fork out words in different contexts and meanings," goes on the savvy doctor. A doctor of words too!

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