Life in Ganganagar part 1 – Holi!

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Here in Ganganagar, the mustard crops are being harvested and the wheat and barley are about to turn the landscape from green to gold. Everybody’s hard at work in the fields trying to get as much done before the weather turns unbearably hot. Spring is here, which means it’s time for Holi – the festival of colours!

In 35BB – the village where our hospital is located – children took advantage of their day off from school to have some fun. One can never hide from a Holi fight for too long, and sure enough a bunch of local boys showed up at the hospital with their colours in hand.

Here are some pictures from the day. This will be the first in a series of posts on the life and people in and around 35BB – the community we’re serving. Stay tuned for more coming soon.

(Make sure you scroll to the end to see the unexpected guest that joined the festivities!)

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Unexpectedly, a snake – up from its winter slumber – came by the hospital. Snakes in India are a big deal because they are all poisonous. Apparently, Rajasthan is known for having lots of them, but it took me a year-and-a-half to finally see one for real (though they’ve undoubtedly been around just out of sight).

The snake was a baby and none of us were in danger because our fearless caretaker, Baba Amar, took care of it.

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Baba Amar is one of the bravest people I have ever met.

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This wasn’t the first time Baba Amar has shown his bravery – in an upcoming post involving a dog rescue, you’ll see what I mean!

From everyone at the Mata Jai Kaur Maternal and Child Heath Centre (MJK-MCHC) and the Prominent Homes Charitable Organization (PHCO), we wish you a very happy Holi. 

@aneelbrar

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