Travel Blogs from Mahabaleshwar
The week of Ganesh festivities has continued! We had the most amazing feast on Wednesday, a bit of a change from the usual veg curry and rice so we all had seconds and thirds and then spent the rest of the day in food baby agony as we'd not eaten so much for a long time (well since Mumbai anyway...) On Thursday we were invited to another families house for a slightly different celebration of Ganesh's mother, so this meant it was a celebration ...
Well after our busy day on Friday a more relaxing weekend kicked off by a visit to the city of Pune which is about a 3 hour drive back towards Mumbai (the road signs pointing to Mumbai did make me a bit sad!). The city itself was on the whole a more organised affair, with bus and cycle lanes and maybe a little less traffic - although going back down the valley had us struggling and sweating in the heat all over again. We found a cute ...
... the men from the village with a coconut and a flower as a thank you for coming, before another ceremony blessing a statue in one corner of the hall and presenting goods to the altar of one of the Hindu gods that was at the other end of the hall.
Then we got to work! We saw 130 patients in total, mostly older men and women but a few children too. I was on blood pressure duty, sat in the corner at a table with one of the nurses behind me and a huge crowd of people in ...
... rock with a small stream flowing through it. Some guidebook research and broken translation from what an old man who was sat next to the piece of rock said that this stream was the start of the Gayatri River and 4 other rivers in the region, all of which are attributed to a hindu god.
Taking our now daily walk into town to stock up on the absolute essentials (chocolate, crisps, biscuits and diet coke), with the help of a local lady we finally located the ...
... 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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