Dr. Neetu Mandke

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Recently i have a good biographical book on Dr. (Nitu)Nityanand Mandke. Dr. Nitu Mandke was a well known cardiologist who performed a open heart surgery on Balasaheb Thakre- a prominent figure in Indian politics.This book is written by his wife a leading anesthesiiest dr. Alka Manke.

Dr.Nitu Mandke was born on 1st Jan 1948. Born and brought up in pune. after completing his high school studies he joined in B. J. Medical College. This was the place where he met his would be wife Dr. Alka Mandke. Dr. Nitu was a well known and brillant student throughout. He was very keen on sports, a boxing champion, a captain of soccer tem and long runner. He was very frank about his opinions since childhood.Dr. Neetu propsed Alka in a very innovative way during their second year. This proposal was accepted by both the families after little bit of tension and mis-communication.Both the families agreed to the marriage and it was decided that the engagement should be done now and after completing the studies both of them will be married. After completing his formal MBBS education from BJ Medical college he joined KEM Hospital in Mumbai to complete his post graduation in Cardio- thoraic surgery.
Once Dr. Neetu went to study in mumbai, Alka took admission for anesthesia in Pune But she made it a point that Neetu writes ever y small detail in letters and every weekend Alka visited Neetu in mumbai. Love flourished between them. Alkas family where reluctant that the marriage is not taking place as planned and Alka was caught between love and tradition.

After completing Post graduation and working for some period of time, He left for UK for studying further developments in surgery as well as working in general hospital in UK. It was then he got a good exposure in cardiac surgery. After working for some period he went to Bristol to work in hospital. By that time, Alka had completed her education, was married to him and had a beautiful daughter. Dr. Neetu was staying in utter poverty their but the relatives thought other wise. It happend once that Dr.Neetu had to pay 65 pounds as fee but he earned only 15 pounds per week. The last option was to ask somebody for help. One of his relatives friend was staying in UK. He borrowed the money from him. After his exams, Dr.Neetu returned the money and invited him for lunch. The gentleman was throughly pleaed with his genuineness.
Further he called his wife and daughter to UK. Dr. Alka joined a hospital to gather experience there.Life was full of questions ahead but Dr still found the light at the end of tunnel.
Further he wen to US for his further studies and sent Alka and daughter back to India. When Dr. Alka returned to India, they were homeless and jobless. Staying at one of the relatives place, Alka started applying for the job in various hospitals. But she could not get job in a government hospital due to lack of experience. Her experience in UK was not considered. Finally she got a part time job in a private hospital for a monthly salary of rs.1500 only.But this did not beat her spirits.
After working under Dr.Picasio- renowed doctor from US, Dr. Nitu returned to India for serving people. Here he did not get the job very easily and started workingas consulatant for JJ hospital. Other surgeons were impressed by his skill in cardiac surgery. He performed operation from a month old blue baby to a 70 year old person will same confidence and patience.He was a skilled surgeon, nicknamed ‘Super-fast’ because he operated with such speed and precision.Dr. Alka assisted in anstheology for his operations. Together they were a team.Dr. Mandke was an energetic and dynamic person with an inimitable sense of humor. He was frank with everybody who came in contact with him, to the extent of being sometimes appearing brusque, but this was only momentary, and then he was back to his jovial self. He made friends easily, and his patients loved him.

Dr>Neetu came in to lime light when he performed a surgery on Balashaeb Thakre. Pubilicity and money followed. He then performed many operation on celebrities and sport persons.He nutured a dream of building a super speciality cardiac hospital for people.

He was driving home after finishing his clinic at Kemps Corner – a daily routine, when he experienced some uneasiness and informed his wife that he would be going to the hospital, as he was getting some chest pain. He stopped at the Hinduja Hospital, told the doctors that he was having a heart attack and instructed them as to the treatment. He fought for life for two days in spite of multiple cardiac arrests treated with electric shocks, angiography, and angioplasty, but finally succumbed- as God had willed
He was a dreamer who nurtured the thought of building a state of the art heart hospital to benefit society, and almost made it a reality by building a large 18 story structure, designed to be Asia’s No. 1 heart hospital, but which is unfortunately incomplete at the time of his passing.
The new state of art hospital will now bear Ambani name and not Dr. Neetu Mandkes but Dr.Alka put forward her brave face. ‘‘The dream of one visionary is being completed as a tribute to another visionary,’’ says Dr Alka Mandke. The only thing is Dr. Neetu Manke will be cherished as agreat visionary, a great cardiac surgeon a good father.

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  1. so inspiring story,from hardships to great doctor.glad his dream came true.being a doctor myself am feeling so proud for him.

  2. Yes he was a great doctor indeed. Please include the biolographys name so that i can read it too… is it published in english?

    • The biography is written in marathi named “hrudayastha”. It has come out of the heartily feelings of his wife Dr.Alka who is an anasthetic and not a writer. A nice book. One must read and think over it. The lives of the couple are exemplary for love, dedication, mutual understanding & sacrifice.

      • I had read it too…The Life of Dr Mandke is jst so Insipiring.his Hardships are counted also bcoz of so firm support from Mrs Mandke.

  3. Sure Alpana.. the book is called as Hrudaystha in marathi written by Dr. Alka Mandke…
    This book is easily available in all the libraries and you can get it in Ideal bookstore in Daar w as well.
    Happy reading….

  4. hi,
    dr. neetu mandke …… a great visioneer…….
    he has built up hospital for everyone…….
    lets do whatever we can, to complete his dream……..
    do u know any other biography book especially of a doctor?

    • Thank you for your comment .You may convey following info to your friends.I have written HRITHAYASTH rs 250/-in marathi and is translated in English275/-,Hindi150/- and Gujrathi200/-.i have also written HRITHAYSAMVAD in marathi200/- which is collection of our letters to each other, Hrithaybandh200/- in marathi which is articles about nitu by others before and after his sad and sudden demise.Then a book of compilation of letters by our medical coll classmates..MITRANCHI PATRE..not for sale can be borrowed for reading.. and the last one compiled by my daughter charuta on my 60th birthday..TUJHYACH SATHI ..not for sail can be borrowed for reading….I have also made MP 3 of Marathi Hrthayasth in my voice for people who cant or not interested in reading. the book is also converted in brail.All are available with me 9821012405.If you write me mail and give your add i will be happy to send you

  5. Dr. Mandke was very inspiring and heroic and it made me so sad to hear that he passed. His name and dreams still live on though.

  6. Dr.Nitu Mandke….
    My idol…Infact evrythn 4 me in my medical career.
    I read HRADYASTH,n will always goin to read it.
    He was the greatest doctor ever.And everyone should take inspiration from him

  7. He was a great doctor and I know it for sure as he performed valave replacement surgery on me.It was sad that the man who saved life of thousands of heart patients died of heart attack.
    I am going to read this book.

  8. Guys…dont u all think after so many hardships, the hospital should be named after Dr. Mandke??? People who have read Hridayasta would understand this….

    • I also read it….it waz quit awsome.

      Salute to dr.Nityanand mandke.& one more thing is abt dr.alka mandke…..she wrote this book in really interesting way.

  9. Thanx very much for putting this article..
    as there’s so less available about Dr. Nitu mandke on net.
    His is a truly inspiring story…and you’ve summarized it well.
    Like many others even I’ve read ‘Hridayastha’…and now it feels so proud while passing by the Mandke foundation’s Hospital at CharBangla, Andheri.
    Thanx indeed!

  10. I had the opportunity of meeting him at one function..
    der he had given a brief presentation of this hospital he was coming up with.
    He truly was a ppl’s doc..n a doc in true sense..not at all commercialised.
    May his soul rest in peace

  11. dr.neetu is a source of inspiration to all medical students.i read HRIDAYASTHA 51 times and every time i met a new kind of mandake i really thankful to dr.alka mandake to give this book.may his soul rest in peace.

    • Thank you for your comment .You may convey following info to your friends.I have written HRITHAYASTH rs 250/-in marathi and is translated in English275/-,Hindi150/- and Gujrathi200/-.i have also written HRITHAYSAMVAD in marathi200/- which is collection of our letters to each other, Hrithaybandh200/- in marathi which is articles about nitu by others before and after his sad and sudden demise.Then a book of compilation of letters by our medical coll classmates..MITRANCHI PATRE..not for sale can be borrowed for reading.. and the last one compiled by my daughter charuta on my 60th birthday..TUJHYACH SATHI ..not for sail can be borrowed for reading….I have also made MP 3 of Marathi Hrthayasth in my voice for people who cant or not interested in reading. the book is also converted in brail.All are available with me 9821012405.If you write me mail and give your add i will be happy to send you

  12. Really frnds, Dr. Neetu Mandke is the idol of indian doctors of any field.. i read ”Hridayasth” many times and i understand that he was not only a doctor but he was an ambassador of the god who had been sent to save people on earth.

  13. Hey !!! I read that book tooo!!! I guess you made amistake …. his bday is on 31st January!!! Plz go ahead and confirm it once!!!

    Thanks for the article though!!!
    Shweta

  14. Recently I read a book “Hridayastha” on the great legend Dr Nitu Mandke written by Dr Alka Mandke. I am throughly immepressed & influenced by various facets of this miraculous Heart surgen’S personality, by hid dedicated & determined nature. The God must be proud of his creation!! I also felt a great respect & honour for his wife Dr. Alka Madke who was always considerate & suportive to him in each & every ups & downs in their life. I pay my tribute to this couple!!!

    • Currently i am reading this book. The Language and Words are so powerfull which touch the heart. “Hridaystha” is a a Great book , Thanks to my mom for giving me such great book for reading. .

  15. hello sir,
    can you please provide me an assistance how to get and from where to get this book …
    ( HRIDAYSPARSHI written by Mrs. Mandke )
    as i m looking for this book since long but not able to achieve….
    so please provide me the address of book store or the person from where i can get it.
    and if hard copy is not available then soft copy will also do….
    so please guide me.
    i will be really grateful of yours…
    plz plz do respond.
    waiting.
    Regards,
    jigar

  16. hi,I heard about doctor from other doctor friends,but i have read today.I want to read more abour sri.Dr.Nitu Mandke can I get this book in pune,plz relpy

  17. I have read hridayastha.It is a really wonderful book.I can understand the difficulties faced by the Mandke couple as i and my husband also live in the Uk and i m appearing for my exams and also trying to find a job.

  18. hi. i just happened upon this review and was very touched by it and the various comments. i am proud to be the daughter of such beautiful people and he has left a strong imprint on all who met him. thanks to my mother his memory lives on to inspire many more young achievers.

  19. That book is good which opens with curiosity and end up with the satisfaction. Its amazing life journy of Dynamic and divine person Dr. Mandke.

  20. If only words could define a legend as himself. Certainly, an entire dictionary would not be enough.

    I have never met him, but I can feel his presence through all the people’s lives he has touched so deeply. So deeply that his reason to survive, his dreams have now become their reasons to survive. I bow down to the lady who has gracefully embraced his absence but still inches closer to him everyday by fulfiling his dreams.

  21. Dr.charuta plz do something that many young people can read the information about dr. mandake on the internet. as many people fail to get the book in different cities or countries.

  22. Dear Sir
    I unerwent CABG 22 years ago atApplo hospital.I am not able to walk more than 1/4 km.I like to consult you.Please infom your address and telephone number with e.mail id Expecting your reply soon
    Dr.N.Satchidhanandam cell no.9444172533
    e.mail id. dr.satchid@yahoo.co.in

  23. I am reading this book.No words to say…
    Just want to have information that ,Is this book is available in English?
    My friends don’t understand marathi ..can you please give me name of book and the contact store.
    If it is not available,I would like to suggest that please someone take initiative to translate the book in english.

  24. Hridayasth……Jabardast
    Outstading writing performance by Alka Mandke.
    no words to say something its really heart touching

  25. THE BOOK “HRIDIYSTHA” IS REALLY GREAT…….HEART TOUCHING.
    HATS OFF TO DR.NITU MANDKE AS WELL AS DR.ALKA MANDKE..

    • Hridayasth, an inspiring book on a successful committed & Ambitious Doctor is available in English too. One can buy this book online on http://www.flipkart.com Kudos to Dr. Alka Mandke to have penned a tribute to her loving husband. having read the English version, I’m still eager to read the Marathi book, which is available only in Maharashtra, but mostly out of stock.

  26. DR. NITU MANDKE SIR, HE IS NOT ONLY MY IDEAL BUT EVERYONE WHO ARE INCLUSIVE IN THIS MEDICAL CAREER. I SALUTE THIS GREAT PERSONALITY AND PRAY GOD THAT MAY HE SHOWER HIS BLESSINGS UPON ALL OF US TO HAVE SOME QUALITIES LIKE HM……………

    • I have also read this book “Hridayastha”. A great visioner.
      Just an inspiration for hard workers in any field, not only the medical field. A good father, Teacher, Friend and also a good husband
      Just a great personality

  27. he was a good doctor & kind person.he was perform operation(bypass surgery) of my grandfather in hinduja hospital in 7 february 2001.

  28. great surgeon ,known forever ,very heart touching story ,inspire every junior doctor ,medical field means dedication which proved by this man ,

  29. ………….ONLY SALUTE………………………………………………..NO WORDS……………WAS DAT ANY AWATAR OF GOD!!!!

  30. It is indeed a pleasure to see so many people feel so strongly about this great personality. I didn’t have the chance to meet him but only the pleasure of hearing about his grandeurs through heaps of people who were and still are close to him (somewhere)!

    Wish we can spread his word around…!

  31. I read the “Hridayastha”…….its so superab…….when i reading, i cant stop my tears.its gr8 comb of Late Dr.Nitu Mandake & Dr.Alaka Mandake. I proud of both……………

    All the well wishes to Mandake family….

    From Satish Jadhav
    Kolhapur.

  32. ‘Hridayastha’ is indeed a very inspiring book…..it is Dr. Mandake’s passion towards his profession, his talent, his quality of leadership and struggle to learn more and the best that always motivates me ……. I m highly thankful to Dr. Alka Mandke for writting such a wonderful book in very easy and understandable language…

  33. Hello Mrs. Alka mandge..me hrudayasth cha motha fan ahe..me ek medico asun jevha hi me depress hoto tewha sir anchi pratima ani jidd pustaka dware manat aanto..he inspires me every sad day to turn into a good one..im struggling to get a pg seat..wished to b surgeon wit principles lik him…i know its too big dream itself but by this way i can think to do something better 4 our society and nation…
    Glad to c u here..actually i cant believ its mrs.Mandge’s post on 1june 2011..was so happy…
    Plz do rply to me and try to make our Marathi story world wide available so dat many ppl wud take an inspiration and make us proud to b a marathi manoos..
    Thanx a ton Mam..

    • it was indeed touching to read your comment.i always feel happy when a young person reads and gets inspired by the book and the story of dr mandke,
      all the best for your career

  34. Hello Mrs. Alka mandge..me hrudayasth cha motha fan ahe..me ek medico asun jevha hi me depress hoto tewha sir anchi pratima ani jidd pustaka dware manat aanto..he inspires me every sad day to turn into a good one..im struggling to get a pg seat..wished to b surgeon wit principles lik him…i know its too big dream itself but by this way i can think to do something better 4 our society and nation…
    Glad to c u here..actually i cant believ its mrs.Mandge’s post on 1june 2011..was so happy…
    Plz do rply to me and try to make our Marathi story world wide available so dat many ppl wud take an inspiration and make us proud to b a marathi manoos..
    Thanx a ton Mam..
    my email id is rahul.pathrikar@gmail.com

  35. I really salute Dr nityanand mandke as an medical student hrudayastha inspired me throght my life i will never forget these man and his dr alka

  36. This book is the 2nd heart 4 me, i enkoy with it, i smile with it, i cry with it….
    It is everything 4 me….
    Mr. and Mrs Mandke are next to my parents in my life…….
    Its hard to explain……. bt my lyfe starts nd ends with Hridyastha ……….

  37. I have a dream to see the hospital named after him and will do anything to see that …….. That will be my tribute to him ……. I couldnt sleep from the very day i heard the news of Anil Amnbani changing its name ……. I took medical profession after getting an inspiration from him ……. I have a lot of respect for this man … May his soul RIP ….

  38. of course you can see it ,its not that difficult,you have to come to mumbai ,andheri west and ask for kokilaben dhirubhai ambani hospital and anybody will tell you,a ric can get you there.i have my office on 1st floor and my sec farah is there mon to sat 9 to 5.you are most welcome

  39. its really gr8 reading of him…i wud luv to read his buk……his life and struggle will be an gr8 inspiration to me as i m also an medico and hold similar dream…thank you

  40. due to late visionary dr, neetu mandke, i have planned to put up my own college in mumbai, he will be my idol , hero in my life forever,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • it was nice to know that.All the best for your project!
      We have a function on 22nd May every year in his memory.This year it is at Ravindra Natyamandir Prabhadevi,Mumbai at 6.30pm.There will be songs by renouned artists and audiovisual on various Nitu Mandke’s interviews and speeches about Heart Disease.Anyone interested is most welcom to attend>you will find details in Marathi paper on 20th and 21st May

  41. i haven’t read the book yet… but now after reading all the comments, i strongly feel i should get it soon possible..
    I was studying at the school nearest to Mandke foundation,7 years ago, i always wondered wen will the huge building stand. daily stood thr 4 the bus and watched the work on. Today after long time its nice to see the hospital. the real mans dream come true… and Hats Off to Dr. Alka Mandke you have really been a great partner to him and you have set an example of maintaining, real faith , strong dedication, and understanding in all the youth. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  42. respected alka mam,
    incidentally came across with this legendary man ( dr. nitu sir ) through your book, in 2006 in belgaum. I was a student ( homeopathic medicine )at that time. Truly speaking I cried a lot, as the manner in which he passed away. Till date I have read this book atleast 50-60 times. Each time I get to learn new ways to live like him & to form my own career. He is the only inspiration for me taking full time intensive care management as a career option & believe me I feel at lest I could be able to relate myself to him. I wish if god could have given me the chance to see him, meet him in person as well. I felt proud as well, when I came to know that he is soul behind the KDA Hospital Project. Going through a turmoil of thoughts, even while writing these few lines also.
    Sir, tumhi maajhi prerna aahat. RIP :’(
    Sir, I remember you everyday through this wonderfull book written by mam.
    Dr. Nikhil Jotgonde, Borivali (08976358388)

  43. Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thank you

    • Thank you for your support and enthusiasm. I’m sure my mother in law Dr (Mrs) Alka Mandke would love the word to spread around! Please feel free to share the blog. Thank you once again.

      Warm Regards,
      Jivat.

  44. Hello Madam,
    I recently read your book ‘Hridayastha’. I knew about late Dr. Neetu Mandke’s expertise, talent and dedication long ago(since one of our family friends was operated on by him in the early 90′s) but never got a chance to meet him in person. I cried a lot while reading this book. Tumcha ekmekan barobarcha ayushyacha pravasache khup chan varnan kele aahe tumhi. I am glad that his dream project has materialised. Hats off to you madam for writing such a wonderful book and continuing to work following his footsteps. All the best to you and your children, Charuta, Juee and Mandar!

    • Dear Ruchika,nice to know you liked the book and that young people are still reading and liking it after 10 yrs.in today’s life of self centered lives,late marriages,increasing rate of divorse etc I hope the book makes people understand how one can become happy by doing small sacrifices to make others happy.thank you for your comment.
      Sent on my BlackBerry® from Vodafone

  45. Amazing book ,it is a book written straight from the heart,Reading it feels you are there at every moment seeing it through like a movie.
    Dr. Neetu Mandke is truly a visionary .All the best to the family for carrying forward his dream.

    • Oh did you put this comment today?you must have read it long back!thank you for kind words anyways.means a lot!
      Sent on my BlackBerry® from Vodafone

      • Had read the book long back….came across this blog today….so thought I should share ….did not know that you had an audio of this book as well….Great job…
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