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Under an Indian Sky

Janet Ganguli (Author)
Synopsis Janet Ganguli grew up in England listening to stories about her grandfather who had spent twenty-five years in India during the British Raj. After training as a nurse she journeyed overland to India, eventually making the small village of Titmoh in Bihar (now Jharkhand) her home for ten years. Unfazed by her new world peopled by poor villagers for whom survival was a daily struggle, she set about her task to provide them with basic health care and do what she could to help them improve their lives. She soon realized that this was going to be far from easy, observing close at hand how, besides the vicissitudes of nature, the villagers had to contend with moneylenders, quacks, contractors and callous or rapacious government officials. In Under an Indian Sky we see the portly moneylender waiting to collect sacks of rice from the family even as the malnourished five-year-old Anil lies dying beside him. There is the ‘highly trained’ doctor who refuses to operate on Lilmuni as she fights for her life, because he doubts if a Santhal can afford his fees, and the feisty Budhan, in his sixties, is forced to undergo vasectomy, a botched operation that spells ruin for him. But this unsentimental account is neither a litany of tragedies nor an extended lament and Janet Ganguli does not idealize those she seeks to help.This spare and lucid narrative is, ultimately, a celebration of courage, determination and love.
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About the author

Janet Ganguli

Janet Gangulli (nee Aitken) was born in England in 1949. Brought up in a Quaker family, she developed a commitment to serve the less fortunate at an early age. After graduating from Sussex University she trained as a nurse and midwife, and then, in 1975, set off for India. She remained there for ten years, working to improve health care in a part of Bihar (now Jharkhand), until family commitments brought her back to England. Janet continues to retain her links with the village where she worked. She currently works with refugees and asylum seekers, and is active in the peace movement. Her husband, a doctor from India, works for the International Federation of the Red Cross. They have three children.

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Bibliographic information

Title Under an Indian Sky
Author Janet Ganguli
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0143032534
length xiv+203p., 20cm.