A seasoned journalist, Sayantan gets under the skin
of the cardiologist and describes his life as if it is
unfolding right now.
The thoughts and feelings of the surgeon are captured
Another bonus in this book are the quotations from
diverse sources that introduce every chapter.
Here is an example:
‘No one is free who has not obtained the empire of
The famous people quoted range from Voltaire to Bruce
The enduring theme in Dr Sahota’s life is his roots in
Punjab, in Patiala, and in Sikhism.
His loyalty for his alma mater, the medical college in
Patiala, brings him back repeatedly.
His love and devotion to his late mother Bibi Dhan Kaur
prompted him to donate $1.5 million IN 2015 to set up a
chair for Sikh studies at the University of California,
A devout Sikh, he daily visits the Sikh temple.
The turning point in his life from a competent surgeon to
an outstanding pioneer in cardiology came when he became the
first cardiologist to perform the balloon angioplasty in
He invented "Sahota Perfusion Balloon" which allows blood
to flow to the heart muscle during inflation and prevents
chest pain during the operation.
After getting the US FDA approval was the greatest moment
in his life, he says.
Now the balloon is used in angioplasty surgeries all over
It has been a long, hard road from the small town of
Garhdiwala near Hoshiarpur, to Los Angeles via England and
Canada, from just a medical doctor to a top cardiologist who
enhanced this discipline.
During his illustrious career, Dr. Sahota has met world
celebrities ranging from heads of states to governors and,
of course, top surgeons.