Sell­ing a dream

Friday - - Welcome to Friday - Karen Pasquali Jones Edi­tor kpasqual­i­

Sad­han Chan­dra Mistry had crip­pling stom­ach pains but he couldn’t af­ford a doc­tor or any treat­ment. So for three days his wife and four chil­dren prayed he would re­cover or that the rains that had flooded the road to the govern­ment hos­pi­tal five kilo­me­tres away would abate.

Trag­i­cally, by the time his des­per­ate wife Sub­hasini bor­rowed money to get him help, it was too late. She be­came a widow at 33 sim­ply be­cause she was poor. Sub­hasini could have be­come bit­ter, or been over­whelmed with grief and poverty along with the pres­sure of rais­ing her chil­dren alone. In­stead she vowed to give them all the best ed­u­ca­tion and to build a hos­pi­tal to treat pa­tients free of charge so no one had to die need­lessly.

She took on jobs as a farm labourer, maid and sold veg­eta­bles to pay for her chil­dren’s school­ing, to buy land and pay for the hos­pi­tal. It took 40 years but in 1993 her hos­pi­tal, Hu­man­ity Trust, was opened, and has so far treated 250,000 peo­ple, sav­ing count­less lives. Her son Ajoy is a doc­tor there and one of her daugh­ters a nurse. Sub­hasini is an in­spi­ra­tion to them, her vil­lagers and to us – and she did it all for her late hus­band. As she says on page 22, “When­ever a poor pa­tient gets treated by the hos­pi­tal, I see the face of my hus­band.” Un­til next week, This week I’m loving… 1. I’m go­ing all Girly over Laura Mercier’s ul­tracreamy Crème Smooth lip­sticks. Per­fect for a pol­ished look, they’re sub­tle shades that make your lips look fuller and feel moisturised. Girly is a pretty pink while Spiced Latte is a de­li­cious caramel. Dh155, Harvey Nichols. 2. LancÔme Génifique Youth Ac­ti­vat­ing Con­cen­trate re­ally is a mir­a­cle in a bot­tle. A few drops in the morn­ing and evening will soon re­duce fine lines and leave your skin softer and plumper. I’ve even been able to fib about my age, I look so much younger! Dh398, 30ml, Areej 3. L’Ar­ti­san Par­fumeur’s Caligna Eau de Par­fum is a gor­geous woody-flo­ral blend of sage, man­darin tree leaves with rose bud, pine nee­dles and am­brox that doesn’t sound like it should work as a sum­mer scent but so does. Dh599, 100ml, L’Ar­ti­san Par­fumeur Bou­tique.


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