The doctors

Both were born within a week of each other in the dying years of the 19th century. Many generations ago, they had had a common ancestor. In a narrow mohalla (locality) of Navsari, their homes faced each other. Both were practicing general physicians (GPs). One had a decrepit dispensary opposite the railway station; the other made house calls only. We shall call them Dr Fredun, an MBBS after six failed attempts, and Dr Eruch, an MD. The former was a workaholic and the latter a lazy lump. Classmates at the Grant Medical College of Bombay, they were mistaken as brothers......

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