Travel Blogs from Panchgani
... in a lot more of the festivities by being at the hospital because it's a much smaller community and everyone knows us so it was much safer than being in the big city. It's also been an absolute honor to be invited into homes to celebrate with the families who have so little but are willing to share so much.
We've only got three days left at the hospital now, over the next couple of days were are being treated (or subjected ...
... day of the Ganesh festival which celebrates the Hindu god of intelligence and knowledge. It's a 10 day festival and there are loads and loads of Ganesh sculptures dotted around the place, his familiar elephant head on a man's body shape at every street corner and in every home. We were invited to the home of one of the hospital employees and joined in with them as they sang and prayed to the sculpture in their living room before ...
After all the blood pressures were done, I joined the others upstairs to do some history and examinations of the patients I had just seen. As I came into the room I was met with rows and rows of people to be seen and a frantic looking Anne and Nikki doing their best to get through the patients as quickly as possible, the nurses kept asking us to hurry so our histories ended up basically being a list of complaints- no time for some calgary-cambridge here. Also various ...
... of 10 pairs of eyes and the overpowering smell of incense burning right next to our table.
However, despite this we wre treated on our tour to some breathtaking view points (plenty of squint sunshine photo opportunities) waterfalls and scenery. We were also very lucky to be sharing said views with a group of pretty plucky monkjeys who even had the balls to take on Becca (brave) for a bottle of sprite. Needless to stay we beat a pretty hasty retreat and watched ...
... a couple of times, but most of the equipment was what we were used to, if a little old (the hospital is run nearly exclusively on donations as well as an annual grant from the famous Tata family) When the surgeon came in, he was wearing wellies, a big rubber apron and a visor- this coupled with the prayer everyone in the operating theatre said before the operation started, made us feel slightly apprehensive about what was to come and ...
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