take two and call me on one of my six phone numbers in the morning

Below are all the Indian medicines we have collected in our closet.

I look at this picture and think, “We’ve only been in India since November, but look at how much we’ve gotten sick.”

Dave looks at this picture and thinks, “I have no idea what any of this medicine is for.”

Whatever it’s for, it was cheap. The above collection is worth maybe $25.

You go see the doctor. “Tell me,” they say, of course. And you divulge your mysterious skin rash or what not. They listen, take notes, and end the consultation by prescribing a list of brand names that must be comforting and familiar to Indians, but mean nothing to us. Strepsils? Brufen 600? Ibucomb? Betadine? Lastuss LA? Telekast-L? STIBS? Rablet D? Mit’s Linctus?

You take your prescription to a pharmacy and the pharmacist proceeds to pile tablets and boxes onto the counter. Dave recalls picking up a week’s worth of antibiotics, painkillers and vitamins for me and the total was 100 Rupees – $2.50.

In Delhi, doctors are cheap, foreign-educated, and they give out their cell phone numbers as well as five additional numbers.

How do I choose which to call?

With the price of medicine and the availability of doctors, you’re actually lucky to get sick in India. But when you really think about it, not really, because it’s India that makes you sick.

5 responses to “take two and call me on one of my six phone numbers in the morning

  1. Er. India makes people unused to her sick. Middle to upper class Indians probably get sick as often as Americans in the same social strata. 🙂

  2. India makes you sick and you people are voluntarily staying in India!!

    I doubt your mental stability.

  3. Well, Indians are remarkably resistant to diseases as compared to westerners… Guess thats a plus to living somewhere where your immune system is constantly stimulated.

    Hmmm… Drugs for cough, antibacterials, antifungals, antimosquitoes… You certainly went through the biological kingdom in a hurry 🙂

    I like the ganesha in the background.

  4. Hi, I’ve tried very hard to hold myself back from commenting. I am a strong believer that if its your blog, you are entitled to share your view. You might now like what I have to say but if you pay heed to it, you may enjoy living here more.

    You chose to leave your country and come and live here because you were bored of the monotony. India can be many things – dirty, populated, chaotic and on and on. But if you have chosen to live here, you will only enjoy if you look at the better things it offers you. Delhi is the greenest capital in the world. You dont have to worry about laundry, cooking or even driving because when you hire someone to do it, you give employment to the labor class. India has some of the world’s most beautiful heritage sites. The food variety in India surpasses most cuisines as each district in each state has its own flavors and tastes. There is barely anything left in malls in western countries that you can not buy in India anymore…..

    I know it’s a little preachy….but you are part of a culture that goes back thousands of years. The only way you will enjoy it is if you accept it and not look at it from a third party perspective…

  5. Go back where you came from then if India is so bad …what are you hanging around here for?! World peace? Charity or plain greed….to have a lifestyle you could never afford back home? Zero gratitude. Why don’t you write about how many Indians know…speak and write better English than many Americans….and wonder of wonders we actually know how to spell….colour…not color…honour not honor..not that you’d know the difference!

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