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    Namaste!,
    I’ve been in Kolkata for nearly a month now doing some volunteering work and generally saying ‘hello’ back to every second person I meet (Kolkata, like last time I was here is no country town). Today I finished up at Prem Dam (where I’ve been volunteering) and I walked back to my hotel to about another 10,000 ‘hello’s’ and ‘where are you from’. In fact the ‘where are you froms’ are worse! The way I’m feeling now, the next ‘where are you from’ I get I’m tempted to answer ‘Pakistan?’ Anyway, hope all’s well back in the land of OZ and investing.
    Cheers,
    Baba Gatsby!

    “Sometimes the hardest thing to do in life is often the best thing to do.”

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    Great to hear from your Gatsby…what work are you doing exactly over there ??

    Did you take your barbell and bench press over there with you, or are you lifting enough heavy things…how’s the diet ??

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    Good on you Gatsby,

    Just be thankful for all the friendly people you meet, at least they are interested enough in you to ask!

    Where are you from by the way????[biggrin]

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    Hi Dr.X,
    Yes you guessed it, ‘Pakistan’! Hi Dazz! The only weights so far have been my backpack and people!I’m working at Prem Dam (The House for the Dying) under the Missionaries of Charity started by Mother Teresa. I’m a Nurse and when I started, one guy who is doing a fantastic job and running the place had me thinking he was the Doctor. When I asked him he just said, ‘No, I’ve just been here for 15 months’. There are 6 volunteers, 4 sisters and a doctor that visits once per week for 150 men with AIDS, Leprosy, TB, Cholera, etc. The sadest thing is that they are not dying from these conditions, but from ‘NEGLECT’! There are no painkillers, morphine, antibiotics, etc. Everyday I clean out and change maggot infected wound dressings with nothing more than betadine, tweezers and gauze dressing. One young guy who had a bed sore (everyone does) that ended up the size of a fist cavity in his buttock died the 3rd day I was there. I don’t want to start a debate, but I wish in hindsight I had chosen a NGO in Kolkata (there are heaps). My point being that with all the millions and millions of dollars donated (and I’ve done a fair bit of research), I look around at the third world conditions of Prem Dam and I keep asking ‘SHOW ME THE MONEY!’
    Anyway that aside, it has been a very rewarding experience.
    Cheers,
    Gatsby.

    “Sometimes the hardest thing to do in life is often the best thing to do.”

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