I Need Perspective
August 9, 2012 § 7 Comments
Behold, this is my lizard brain at its primitive best.
Browsing through the New York Times’ headlines on my phone this morning, this article about stray dogs in India caught my eye. Since I’m headed to Mysore this November, any mention of the subcontinent has taken on a new significance, except for their performance in cricket or the Olympics. Actually, both.
What followed after a horrified reading of this article – of which the facts, may or may not be blown out of proportion – was 20 minutes of web reading about what rabies is (fatal), how to avoid being attacked (still figuring that one out) and what else can kill me while in India (lots, apparently). A friend who spent two years in a village at the foothills of the Himalayas gave me a list of vaccines to get before leaving: yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and typhoid, as well as the ‘must-have’ items in my medical stash, like malaria pills, Cipro and some anti-worming medicine.
Now, I’m fully prepared to spend a few days (i.e., less than a week) limp and lifeless in bed, puking (or dispensing by other means) my guts out and all the afflictions that come with a first-timer’s trip to India. But I’m not quite prepared to contract some fatal bug and die! Although, come to think of it, that would make everything alot more efficient – attain samadhi at KPJAYI, get sick, die. Boom!
Not to be overly dramatic or anything but I am worried!!!!! So if you’ve been to India in the past couple of years please help restore my sanity by sharing your stories and tips on how to avoid fatal bugs and viruses while in the subcontinent, apart from bringing hand sanitizer, not drinking tap water, etc etc etc. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.