“Have you been diagnosed with cancer?”
The much-rehearsed question finally tumbled out. As callous and rude as it sounded even to my ears, it was essential to get this out of the way. The rest of the conversation, and hence the story, would follow from it. For a few months now, the Indian healthcare industry had been buzzing with stories of Dr Naresh Trehan, the founder of Medanta. Agog to hear why and how he is exiting the business he founded, both financially and operationally. And if that is because he is suffering from “some kind of malignancy”.