A Rural Practitioner’s Happiness

  Dr. Lalit Narayan wrote this poem while doing his stint as a young Medical graduate at the Tribal Health Initiative, Sittilingi, Tamil Nadu. You might be tempted to ask why this has been the best year of my life. Here’s why. Tiny hands. Big eyes. The cutest damn expression in the world. That’s my reward. That’s happiness. Then I walk out of the labour ward. I can see hills all around. Green. That’s my reward. That’s happiness. My cottage sits on the edge of the forest. Full of books, art films and insects. That’s my reward. That’s happiness. The local women who work at our hospital Call me...