Shrilla SAHMSouth Asian Heritage Month (SAHM) is happening from 18 July until 17 August and the theme for 2022 is Journeys of Empire. SASH staff of South Asian heritage are taking part by sharing their case studies.


1. Why did you join the NHS?

I love the founding principles of the NHS, which are 'free and equitable healthcare for all.' When I travel abroad, I am so proud of all we do in the NHS and how the NHS is the cornerstone of trying to keep the UK healthy.

2. Tell us about your NHS journey

I qualified as a doctor in 1993 and have worked in the NHS ever since. I did my undergraduate degree in Birmingham and then moved to London for clinical training in Medicine and then cardiology. I became a consultant in 2005 and have worked here at East Surrey ever since.

3. Describe your proudest moment

Recently I was awarded $25,000 from the WomenAsOne organisation in the USA. The organisation was set up by my heros Professor Roxana Mehran and Professor Marie Claude Morice. I have used the award to raise the profile of women in cardiology around the world but in particular the UK. It’s important that ‘we pay it forward’ and continue to inspire others to work in our fabulous specialty of cardiology.

4. What does South Asian Heritage Month mean to you?

It’s a reminder to appreciate where I come from and the incredible journey and challenges my parents overcame to come to the UK. 

5. What makes you proud about your culture and heritage?

Everything! I love the food, the music, the art, the movies, the history, the welcoming culture and the languages of India!

6. What is the one South Asian dish you cannot live without/what is your favourite South Asian food?

Gulab Jamun…I could eat these every day!

7. If you weren’t in your current job, what would you be doing?

I’d be an artist – I love painting portraits of people and landscapes too!

For more activities, visit the South Asian Heritage Month website to discover a calendar of online events, or take a look at SASHnet to find out how we'll be celebrating at SASH.