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Medicine Man
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Got back from Kolkata few days ago. Hence the absence from TE. I will hopefully upload some pictures soon (Leaving for France tomorrow). Anyhow, wanted to start the series with this picture in this holiday season. I ran into this exceedingly enigmatic and charismatic Ayurvedic "Doctor" outside his tent on Mirza Ghalib Street (erstwhile Free Scholl Street). He is from Bihar (neighboring state of West Bengal)and is essentially a traveling medicine man. What's his expertise? Well, I can't read Hindi. My friend Arun helped me read everything written on the tent. Here it is verbatim:

"On the yellow banner:
Himalaya Ayurvedic Dawakhana (clinic)
In my camp there is a guaranteed cure for every
ailment. Diabetes, blood pressure, impotency,
bawasir (I don't know what that is), paralysis,
black spots, white spots, secret disease(read STD),
female-male (read alternate sexuality). Guaranteed
cure for all these. Right now.

On the green banner (left):
Weakness due to childhood mistakes, premature
ejaculation, low metal content,stomach ailment,
gastric liver, back trouble, ulcer, Vaat rog (no
idea what that is), kidney stone, epilepsy....

On the green banner (right):
Infertile women, menstruation trouble, Likodia,
stomach ailment, panic attack, nausea, sick
kids...."



Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy New Year to all of you.

Cheers

Prantik

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  • Copyright: Prantik Mazumder (prantik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 27 N: 219] (1136)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-11-22
  • Categories: Humorous
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-12-18 9:39
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