Dr. P. J. Shah, a tender-hearted Physician will be missed

20 Jan

My endeavor of expressing words of gratitude for the Late Dr. P. J. Shah who was born in 1936 may perhaps look like to be deficient while piecing this eulogy. I am afraid of failing to justify properly the medical services as a competent Physician rendered by Dr. Shah for the last 45 years to this village of Kanodar and surrounding villages as well as far wide distant areas. He offered his services of initial 15 years to the local Trust Hospital known as Shermohmadkhan Dispensary and the rest as a Private Practitioner.  

P.J.Shah.psd On January 12, 2009, Dr. Shah died at Mohankheda, near Ujjain (M.P.) when he was on a pilgrimage tour to various Jain temples of India. During his life time, he had never been out of his dispensary for more than a week as he was devoted to his duty and ‘work is worship’ was his motto. Here, we can see the miracle of God in Dr. Shah’s last day of his life that a man who had no time of performing any religious services had died in his worshiping garments in the innermost part of the temple of Adishwarnath while worshiping. He was attacked by misfortunate fatal heart stroke and was no more.

The news of the demise of Dr. Shah spread like lightning throughout the area and within no time thousands of his patients and admirers gathered at his residence-cum-dispensary here at Kanodar. Patan (N.G.) was his land of birth, but Kanodar was the land of his actions. In brief to say, he was a surpassing native of Kanodar and was proud of identifying himself as Kanodari (Resident of Kanodar). His funeral service was held on the next day at Patan and a large number of people from his field of actions here had rushed forward there to attend the service to bid him last farewell with tears in eyes, sobbing and heart-burst crying. The people mourned his death as deeply as though they would have lost a family member or a close friend.

Dr. Shah’s life as a physician was a live example of ethics in the field of medicines as he had acted according to the words of Hippocratic medical oath traditionally taken by doctors at their graduations. He listened to the patients calmly and sometimes told them in humor that they are alive before him and that is why there is the hope that he could do something better for them. A week has passed to his demise and the people truly realize how important figure he was for the village. My readers will pardon me if I quote a notable saying though it is not proper while I am on my tragic narration as “A frog’s length can be measured rightly when it is dead.” In case of Dr. Shah also, it can be said that he was a far great personality on the merit of humanity and now he is valued high when he is no more with us.

He was a committed man to his profession and one of outstanding Clinicians whose pioneering treatments were based on independent thinking and rare wisdom. He had developed some specialty treatment by mixing some injections to make the children free from soil-eating habit. In some diseases like diarrhea and tetanus, he could cure the patients with his result-oriented specialty pattern just as a miracle by proving to be false the survival and fatal ratios as per medical researches.   

In his memorial service On 16th of January, countless visitors had been here on the doorstep of his Kanodar home to pay respect and express feelings of gratitude for the services he had offered with no any monetary greed but only for the cause of humanity. He was never hungry of money and that is why a great number of poor patients admired him as their messiah. He had attended the millions of patients during his medical career spread over 50 years and if anybody would have recommended, his name would have got its place in Guinness Book of World Records. Precisely speaking, the words may turn to be lame to praise genuinely his professional talent, round the clock services and humanity approach with the patients and their care-takers.

Nearing to conclude this post of tribute to Dr. P. J. Shah, I would like to quote Dr. Gabriel Smilkstein who liked to be called as Gabe had once said, “One of my colleagues asked if I was lying in the emergency room critically ill, would I prefer a doctor with technical excellence, or one who was compassionate and caring? I replied neither. Why should a patient need to choose? A competent Physician must be both.” This quote was fully applicable to Dr. Shah as he was fully skilled in his profession and also the most compassionate and care taking.

While summing up, let us pray the Almighty God to grant the Late’s soul, with His infinite mercy, a superior place and eternal peace in heaven and may He also fortify the courage of the families of all seven brothers and one sister, his five daughters and two sons, his wife Hemlataben as well as all his patients and well-wishers to bear the great loss that his demise has caused to them. 

Hope the Late’s both sons Dr. Himanshu and Dr. Gaurang, qualified with abroad graduations and well trained under him will continue their father’s mission of humanity, serving the sick with same spirit and ethics in the same dispensary here.

Dr. P. J. Shah’s long and distinguished career will be remembered all the times and he will surely be missed for ever.

With warm regards,

– Valibhai Musa


Posted by on January 20, 2009 in Article, FB, Humanity, MB


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14 responses to “Dr. P. J. Shah, a tender-hearted Physician will be missed

  1. Tarun Patel

    January 20, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Dear Valibhai,
    Thanks very much for bringing out the services of Dr. Shah. He must have been a real doctor as you have said – a dedicated expert. I love your language.
    Tarun Patel


  2. Hussainali Musa

    January 20, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Patients must be able to trust doctors with their lives and health, To justify that trust doctors must show respect for human life;Patients need good doctors,Good doctors make the care of their patients their first concern and Dr. P. J. Shah had proven this during his long and distinguished career of 45 years in the Village-KANODAR of North Gujarat,India.


  3. Dr. Chandravadan Mistry

    January 22, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Read the Life story of a dedicated doctor….saddened by his demise while on a pilgrimage….My condolences to his Family. Valibhai, it is nice of you to inform others as a Post.


  4. Pratik Shah

    January 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Hello Mr Musa

    It was a touchy story to read and at the same time I felt proud to know about such people who had devoted themselves to the service of humanity. I am grieved to hear about his demise and I pray that his soul rest in peace.

    There is a good saying that people do not remember how much you live but remember how you lived. It is difficult to selflessly serve the mankind without thinking about personal interest

    Salute to Dr P.J Shah. He died at the feet of God. That was the reward he got for his devotion and austerity


  5. yunusali kugashiya

    January 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

    With this brief quote, you said much more in some words for the great, Dr.shah. He dedicated his whole life for people’s health. He was famous for his treatments in difficult diseases and to diagnose complicated cases in such a rural and remote area. Really, we will miss him. I felt proud when I gave address of my shop to my customers as “Near P.J.Shah’s Hospital”. Dr.shah’s residence is in my neighbourhood. Further, condolence God give power to his family to continue people service.
    I liked your language very much in this article…..


  6. Karimbhai V. Hada

    January 27, 2009 at 8:13 am

    In this tribute to Dr. P .J. Shah, Valibhai has revealed the feelings of the entire village community of Kanodar. There would be perhaps nobody in our village who would have not undergone his treatment. He was truly a village doctor who preferred to rely on his own findings avoiding laboratory tests wherever possible. All the people of Kanodar rested assured in any emergency, when he was alive; that Dr. P. J. Shah was there in the village. Our village will miss him for a long time. He has become a legend for the village people. Perhaps his first pilgrimage was his last one. May God bless his soul.


  7. Moeenhussain Mukhi

    January 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I feel that there are very few words to describe Dr. P.J.Shah’s individual character and his gratifications. I personally on behalf of all the people of Kanodar salute his life and actions. There is a great loss of an Asset as such sad demise. The place created by him is par excellence which will not be filled by any one in the village. I pay a homage to him and his family for the sad demise.
    May his soul rest in peace.


  8. Javid Musa

    February 1, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Kanodar has faced one of the biggest losses which will be hard to replace. He knew the pulse (Nadi) of each villager. He is an example of an ideal doctor. Your post touches our hearts and reminds me of the times when we were with doctor P. J. Shah. God bless his soul.


  9. Akbarali

    February 2, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Really, Dr.P.J.Shah was a genius doctor in his profession and I salute to his services rendered to our village as well as our community.


  10. Neelam

    March 9, 2009 at 1:00 am

    It was a shock for me to find about Dr. P J Shah’s demise. Today I was surfing around google and find your blog about Dr. Shah. I couldn’t resist to express my feelings.
    I was always sick when I was a child. My mother used to take me to Dr. of course PJ Shah any time of the day or night. I particularly remember one day I was having very bad infection in the ear and I can not wait till morning. My father took me to him, I thought Dr would be angry for waking him up at this time of night. But he was so calm, still in his PJ”s and gave medicine. There are so many incident to remember. He is going to be missed for sure.


  11. A. Tajwala

    May 3, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks so much for this inspiring article. Occasionally, i have heard touching stories from my parents about Dr. Shah. Such a dynamic personality he was – upbeat and full of life. I was told that he treated me on several occasions while i was a kid. I didn’t have a chance to meet him during my adulthood though – and I regret this even more now after hearing of his demise.

    Once again; we really appreciate your efforts in continually running this wonderful website!



    January 31, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Nothing to say more after being read all above : but we have lost a valuable person who was not only a Doctor but indeed a great successful human being in his professional as well as in his practical life throughout the years and wining the hearts of many people across Kanodar and around district. We haven’t forgotten the simplicity, respect, commitment and splendid role he had played with the patients and it will be remembered in the memory over the years to years. His sweet fragrance and kindness will remain in our hearts for a long time.
    Aside, he treated patient like a member of his team and advised new comers by pushing them in a right way and grow in their career.
    Being a Doctor, he had shown extremely enormous job and hard work towards the people of Kanodar it would be difficult to measure the impact he had on the many people’s lives he touched personally and professionally.
    We are miles away from our native place regardless we shouldn’t ever forget to show humanity and joining in extending our heartiest condolences to the family (Dr. P.J. Shah’s family ) for their loss.

    On behalf : Parvezali Akhtarhussain Nathwala


  13. Rajendra M. Trivedi,M.D.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Dear Valibhai,

    Dr.P.J.Shah is back to god head.
    The sad news will be in the face book for Jain sang Of North America.
    Rajendra Trivedi,M.D.



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