Socialising At Clinics: How ‘Beemari’ And ‘Dawai’ Became My Go-To Conversation Starters
“Aap beemar ho? Kya hua?” “Aapka ilaaj kabse chaalu hua? Dawai lene ke baad thoda aaram mila?” “Aap kahaan se aaye? Kitna door hai clinic se? Paidal aaye kya?” “Aap theek se khana kha rahe ho? Din mein kitni baar khaate ho?” The conversation starters have been of great help. I could not have understood all this, if I had not used the words ‘Beemari’ or ‘Dawai’ in my first sentence. Having gained some sense about the context in which the clinics operate, I have now started going to the village to meet the communities, and can start a conversation with, “Namaste Bai ji, aapka gaon bahut sundar hai”.-Priyanshu shares her field experiences from the first month at Basic HealthCare Services.
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– by Priyanshu Krishnamoorti, who is an India Fellow and an economic graduate from Azim Premji University. She is currently working with Basic HealthCare Services in community mobilization and outreach initiatives.