Whole and Happy - Deepika Krishna

Known for her efforts to help people in their battle against cancer, Dr Deepika Krishna is an established oncologist who practices at the Cancer Healer Center Pvt. Ltd in Delhi. Through her NGO, Celebrate Life, she creates and spreads awareness about the disease by organising events across the country. Read on to learn more about this talented, vivacious woman.

Tell us about Celebrate Life. What is your aim through this endeavour?
I recently started an NGO called Celebrate Life, which revolves around motivating people to live the right life. I believe there should be life in life. Through this NGO, we select various causes and work towards the betterment of individuals’ lives and society as a whole. I love to spread awareness about cancer and I have been doing this through many events, like ‘I am Power’ to celebrate womanhood. We recently also hosted an event titled ‘Delhi Share, Delhi Care’ for the underprivileged who long for our attention and care. It was the perfect platform for people to come forward and contribute towards making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.

How do you create and spread awareness about cancer?
Through my work I try to uplift the quality of patients’ lives. Spreading awareness about cancer is one of my prime goals, apart from treating patients at the Cancer Healer Center.
I have initiated many awareness campaigns such as a fashion show by powerful women of the city, and the ‘I am Power’ awards event that took place this year. These events have come into the eye of the public and people have now started to realise that cancer is no longer a disease that cannot be cured.

What made you decide to get into this field?
I’ve been treating gynaecological cancers for years now. I started working at Cancer Healer Center after getting married, and it has definitely been my greatest achievement. I envisioned what I could do to help these patients and decided to put my knowledge to best use; that’s what encouraged me to work with my husband at the Cancer Healer Center.

You’re also known to be very sociable. How do you manage your personal and professional lives?
Managing my time has always been of utmost priority, as I believe in giving everything my best. Spending quality time with my family and keeping my professional and personal lives separate is what I always strive for. I like to follow a balanced approach in my life. I never take my work home, and never bring home to work.

You seem to be quite a fashionista too; what’s your personal take on fashion?
I live for fashion. When I dress up and go out, nobody believes I’m a doctor. But I don’t agree that you have to look serious and reserved to look like a doctor. Who says that you have to sit at your workspace wearing a six-yard saree?! Fashion to me is an essential ingredient of who I am. If you love yourself and are confident, you can surely conquer your goals.

What are you most comfortable wearing?
I don’t like following trends; I love experimenting. Right from casual t-shirts and denims for a coffee outing, to a dress for a luncheon, power suits for a work seminar, gowns for cocktail evenings or a saree for a wedding, I am comfortable in everything. There has never been a dull day in my life when I haven’t felt like dressing my best.

What do you do when you’re not working?
I love reading books. When I’m not working, I try to finish my current read to reachthe next one as soon as possible. Dinner outings with my family, parties with friends, and movie dates with my children excite me.

How do you celebrate life?
I celebrate life by living in the moment. I believe that there’s only one life so you should live it to the fullest. I don’t like to hold grudges against people. I stay happy and spread happiness.

If not a doctor, what would you choose as an alternate career?
If not a doctor, I would have been a fashion stylist. To be honest, I play stylist to some of my friends even now. The idea of telling people what suits them and what they should wear is great! Imagine doing that for a living!

What’s your favourite holiday destination?
I love travelling. After a hectic schedule at work, I love to take a short break with my family to rejuvenate. It’s very important to revitalise every now and then, especially in the kind of profession I am. LA, Prague, and the Maldives are by far my favourite destinations.

If you were could be reborn as someone, who would it be and why?
One of the most respected women I know of, the late Princess Diana. The work she did towards socially relevant campaigns has inspired me to do so much more.    
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