|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 87
Obituary: Dr. Rajeev Prakash
Professor, Nuclear Medicine Delhi State Cancer Institute, Delhi, India
|Date of Web Publication||17-Jan-2017|
Dr. Arun Malhotra
Professor, Nuclear Medicine Delhi State Cancer Institute, Delhi
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Malhotra A. Obituary: Dr. Rajeev Prakash. Indian J Nucl Med 2017;32:87
The youngest of the three children of Mrs. and Dr. Ved Prakash, Rajeev Prakash followed in his father's footsteps into the world of medicine but made a niche for himself in his own field because of his wisdom and knowledge and incomparable dedication and devotion to his field.
His knowledge about medicine was vast and expansive. The thirst for knowing something he did not, always led him to be medical libraries every Sunday. There would always be journals and medical books around him.
Joined Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, New Delhi as DRM student in 1981 and then as a scientist "C" in 1983. He successfully completed DNB in 1983– 1984. His primary interest was in thyroidology and produced an excellent publication on "Thyroid Perfusion and Blood flow studies for the diagnosis of carcinoma thyroid. In mid-1990, he called a day at INMAS and joined Batra Hospital and Research Center, New Delhi, as Consultant Nuclear Medicine and continued there till his last breath. He was responsible to develop the Nuclear Medicine Department, Nuclear Cardiology services at this institute. Rajiv was an excellent teacher his students who are spread all over the country always held him in high esteems. He was an excellent clinician extremely helpful with all his patients. He was very serious to keep himself abreast of the latest developments in nuclear medicine. Although aloof and kept himself away from all social activities, a true gentleman and believed in the simple living with high thinking, never liked to tuck his shirt, traveled a lot, and he was an examiner for many DRM/DNB students.
His witty one-liners showed his funny and humorous side and the calm and quiet man had many sides to his persona than he gave away. Whether it was his love for movies and music or food and cooking. His love for music progressed all eras of technology, from the gramophone to vinyl records, cassette players, and CDs to a pen drive with a collection of over a thousand songs. The names of movies, the year, in which they were released, the musicians, lyricists, etc., were among the few things he knew by heart. An exceptional cook who could give good chefs a run for their money with his delicious dishes such as pav bhaji and butter chicken.
He always had the knack for finding the best eating joints. He loved to explore the world of food, whether it was the bye lanes of Chandni Chowk or the Dhabas of Ludhiana. He was the go-to man in the family in case anybody wanted to know the best place to eat not only in New Delhi but also in other states as well.
His hobbies included fixing possibly every given thing, ranging from the car to the computer, the ceiling fans to the door knobs, even if it took him hours to do the job, he would still give it another try. He epitomized that patience is the only virtue.
We have been very fortunate to have known him and have him on our lives, and he has and always will be a pillar of strength for his family.
Patient, strong-willed, and persistent are few ways to describe the man he was. I've always admired him for his resilience and perseverance, for his outlook toward life, work, and his family.
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