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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 216-217


Department of Medicine, MVJ MC and RH, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission26-Jul-2020
Date of Acceptance09-Aug-2020
Date of Web Publication23-Oct-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Vasantha Kamath
Department of Medicine, MVJMC and RH, Hoskote, Bengaluru Rural - 562 114, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajim.ajim_56_20

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Kamath V. Obituary. APIK J Int Med 2020;8:216-7

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Kamath V. Obituary. APIK J Int Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Mar 2];8:216-7. Available from: https://www.ajim.in/text.asp?2020/8/4/216/298939

With grief in my heart, I will be writing this obituary for Dr. H. S. Hande, a precious jewel in the crown of Medical fraternity.

Dr. H. S. Hande was born on July 4, 1933, to Sri Ganapayya Hande and Smt. Nagaveni at Saligrama. He did his schooling at Kota and Kundapura, South Canara District, MBBS from Mysore Medical College in 1957, where Dr. M. Maiya was his classmate, and MD from Guntur Medical College in 1963. He joined government service in 1962 and served in all the government medical colleges of Karnataka and retired in July 1991 as Professor and HoD, Department of Medicine, and Principal, Bangalore Medical College.

He held various posts in API, Karnataka Chapter, and MERT and was instrumental in starting the API Bhawan along with Dr. M. Maiya and Dr. K. S. Shadaksharappa, the first of its kind in our country.

His contribution to endemic fluorosis along with Prof. M. Maiya in Gadag District of Karnataka is being cited till date.

My association with Dr. Hande as a student was very brief, when I was a final-year postgraduate at Victoria Hospital in 1976 and he was in Bowring Hospital. Hence, my actual association started when I was working as a Medicine Faculty in Bangalore medical college (BMC) from 1982.

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All adjectives to describe him will have to be superlatives; too sincere, honest to the core, too upright, an extra-ordinary and exemplary teacher and above all a kind and wonderful human being. He was never boastful or boisterous, never liked to be honored, and refused all the laurels and honors accorded to him. He was down to earth and never went after posts but never shirked from any responsibility accorded to him: Performed like a Karma yogi without fervor or favor. He was meticulous to the core, and his attention to detail should be copied by generations to come.

As a teacher…

There are teachers, more expressive, more impressive, more eloquent, and more mercurial than Dr. Hande, but he easily surpassed all by his conviction and dedication to teaching. He had a flair for teaching, a passion for teaching, and to put it more appropriately an obsession for teaching. There may be an earthquake, a tsunami, or premonition of a falling sky, and yet his classes would go on. He was universally liked and had a great fan following because his classes were interactive sessions rather than intimidatory.

He often used to lose his cool, and once ruffled, he used to take time, to come to terms, but this was only related to a particular event or incident. He never used to carry it further.

He was childlike in simplicity and was free, frank, and fearless. The word diplomacy was missing from his vocabulary and dictionary. He lived life as per the rule book like Sthitha prajna of Sankhyayoga of Bhagavad Gita.

He was humility personified. There is a quotation of Bertrand Russell: “Knowledge is proud that he knows so much but, Wisdom is humble: He knows no more.” Moreover, this is very much applied to Dr. Hande.

He was a graceful host, and many a times, we have enjoyed his hospitality.

On his superannuation, he was accorded a sendoff at BMC auditorium which was attended by a record number of people, staff, and students, and there was not a soul whose eyes were not moist when he bid farewell.

Lives of great men, all remind us

We can make our lives sublime

And departing leave behind them

Footprints on the sands of time

Dr. Hande has left behind his footprints which are too large for anybody to fit into.

The likes of Prof. Hande are rare to find in this chaotic world of ordinary mortals.

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