Apparently you can dance at two weddings with one tuchus

in India

“You can’t dance at two weddings with one tuchus*”. It’s an old Yiddish phrase that my great grandpa Ben liked to use (or so I’m told).  Well I proved the old saying wrong this week by attended a wedding double header.  Well technically neither of the events was the actual wedding (one was a post […]

Happy 125th Birthday Dr. Ambedkar    

in India

The past two weeks have been relatively uneventful work wise, just more of the same.  Next week looks to be interesting as we will be having several visitors from Johnson and Johnson, or more accurately Janssen, the pharmaceutical division of J&J, who are developing and interactive voice response (IVR) system with messages about HIV and […]

Seattle Bound

in Mexico City

Four hours into my nine hour reception shift a young man walks in from off the street. I look up from my book to give him my full attention. He seemed to be a little older than me, but sometimes it’s hard to tell for sure. Underneath his dirty oversized shirt and pants which clearly […]

HOLI smoke! So it doesn’t ALWAYS rain in Chennai?

in India

Okay, now it’s time for a happy post!  This week at work we got a lot of new furniture.  It’s really nice, except the influx of new furniture was not accompanied by the removal of old furniture, so the office is a bit too crowded now.  There are two giant mettle cabinets in the main […]

Update on Events at the University of Hyderabad    

in India

I know I promised a blog post full of pictures and recounts of fun adventures, and I promise that will come later this week, but first I want to update you on the events that have been going on at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) over the past couple weeks.  You may remember my post […]

Special Visit from EGPAF!

in India

As I mentioned would be happening in my last post, last week we had a very exciting visit from Elizabeth, the India Program Country Officer for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) (different Elizabeth:  you can go to this link if you want to read about that Elizabeth: www.pedaids.org/pages/elizabeths-story).  EGPAF is an international non-profit organization […]

Here Comes the Bride

in India

After running around for 2 weeks in the US, I was very ready to get back into my routine.  So, despite being very jetlagged, I decided to return to work the day that I arrived back in India.  We are now working on starting up a pilot program to integrate syphilis, hepatitis B and TB […]

My time in the US of A

in Mexico City

As usual, an obscene amount of time has passed since I last wrote one of these. These past weeks have been very full and the following weeks will be as well, so I have to nip this in the bud and write this thing before things become completely unmanageable. So from the 10th to the […]

I’m back!

in India

Hey Folks! It’s been a while.  After two weeks at home, involving presenting at Haverford, Springbrook (my high school) and EGPAF (one of SAATHII’s funders, based in DC), facilitating a public health symposium at Haverford planned over the past few months, and seeing lots of family and friends (sorry to those of you whom I […]

Back in the US

in Mexico City

Today I spent sixteen hours traveling from Mexico City, Mexico to Haverford, PA. They are incredibly different places, but a part of me feels at home in each one. I’m excited for this coming week of visiting classes, giving talks, and seeing old friends, but I honestly just want it to be over so I […]