V.Q.E

The Tale of an Indian Physician in the United Kingdom of the 1980's

Non-Fiction - Memoir
171 Pages
Reviewed on 11/03/2018
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Author Biography

Vivek Gumaste is a physician who graduated from a prestigious medical school in India more than 35 years ago and has practiced medicine in three countries- India, UK and USA.
He holds numerous postgraduate qualifications- he is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCP-I), a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and has a degree in Health Care management from Harvard University.
Writing is his passion. He is interested in current events and has written op-ed articles for major Indian newspapers and publications like the Hindustan Times, the New Indian Express, Daily Pioneer, The Sunday Guardian and Rediff.

In 1980, after completing medical school in India, he landed in Britain in pursuit of his dream to get to the United States. He was young, a full 26-year-old, ambitious and opinionated. The two and half years that he spent in Britain prior to coming to the United States were eventful years and this book captures that period
It is set in Great Britain of the early 1980's and comprises a medley of experiences: of a young, nationalist Indian coming to the land of his colonial masters, a new medical graduate negotiating the travails of an international medical career and of an objective spectator looking down upon this once great power. Thrown into this unlikely cocktail is the political backdrop of Britain in the 80, s- the rise of Margaret Thatcher, the Royal Wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the Falkland War and racism.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

V.Q.E: The Tale of an Indian Physician in the United Kingdom of the 1980's by Vivek Gumaste is an interesting memoir that brilliantly documents the story of a young graduate fresh from medical school in Britain in the 1980’s. Twenty-six years old and an ambitious and opinionated young man, Vivek Gumaste arrived in Britain from India after completing medical school. His dream was to prepare himself to get across to the US. But after two years, what happened?

In these pages, readers are offered images of Britain in the 1980's and through the lens of a young Indian. The author describes Britain as he saw it and what it felt like to be a physician from the old British India colony. In a language that is poignant and a style that is atmospheric, this author describes the plight of Indian immigrants seeking greener pastures in the UK at that time, shows the injustices they suffered, and the different ways they were exploited by the country that once colonized them.

V.Q.E: The Tale of an Indian Physician in the United Kingdom of the 1980's is spellbinding and the author uses a sense of humor to enrich the narrative. The prose is beautiful and it features a unique phraseology, a style that reflects the author’s culture. This book reveals a lot about the UK in the 1980’s and the author’s observations are written with great clarity. The social and political commentaries add flesh to the writing and allow the setting to come out strongly through the narrative. This is a memoir with great potential to both inform and entertain readers.