Who’s a tribal, really?

Yesterday I was at Walmart, catching up on the things I need to rejoin civilization. When I went to check out there was a serene looking African-American lady scanning away my purchases. She looked like she was maybe 30 years old, a bit over-weight, with broad facial features. The thing I noticed most keenly were…

There and back again

Hello everyone. Sorry I haven’t given you any updates in a while. Internet was unreliable, and at the last days things get busy. On Thursday night I arrived back home to Philly, tired and a little sad. Although the trip is over there are many stories and anecdotes which I haven’t shared with you yet….

Struck Gold, Clear as Water… Part II

So I left off my story about the kidney hospital when we were making rounds. One interesting thing that I left out is that many foreign patients, from various African nations especially, come for renal problems to Ahmedabad. We met a lot of people with admitted family members from Nigeria and Uganda. When that was…

Struck gold, clear as water… Part I

So Monday started the week that we were to spend at Civil Hospital and BJ Medical College. Civil Hospital is the single largest government/public hospital in the state of Gujarat. It’s difficult for me to impress upon you in words the gigantic scale on which this hospital functions. That doesn’t mean it’s properly efficient but…

Stories from Shamlaji

We finished our week at Shamlaji quite successfully. Over the course of the week we traveled out twice to outlying towns to do some outreach in the interior. Those were morning trips. Then each afternoon we were doing our “Sonography Camp” from 2-4pm where patients would come in with all kinds of complaints and if it…

Posted new pics

Just a reminder that I’ve posted pics on Picasa. There is a link at right on this page. None of Shamlaji yet, but got interesting ones up to Shivrajpur there. =) I’ll try to put better captions soon.

Shamlaji Hospital

This week we’ve been working in a small town in northeast Gujarat called Shamlaji. It’s named after a particular incarnation of Lord Vishnu and there is a very large and beautiful temple here in Shamlaji’s honor. The hospital we are working at is Shamlaji Hospital; it’s a government hospital that has been run by an…