Thursday, September 27, 2007

Excuse me, have you seen my head?

I went to the dentist this morning for an emergency appointment -- my #15 tooth was causing extreme pain from Tuesday evening on. Of course, by the time I got to the dentist, it wasn't hurting anymore and the x-rays looked great! The dentist kept asking me if I had sinus problems. No, I replied. Two of my coworkers do, but I don't.

Yeah. Whatever. This afternoon, my head started aching and now the left side of my face/head is hurting like crazy. I'm fairly certain it's sinus something. But I keep denying it. Even with my parents on the phone this evening, I insisted I wasn't congested.

And now I sit here with a box of Kleenex on my bed.

On a less self-centered note, I found this NY Times article interviewing one of Delhi's 300,000 ragpickers. The article doesn't say, but Manorama is most likely a Dalit.

On Oct. 2, Gandhi’s birthday, the Delhi state government will make a small but significant concession. In response to pressure from a ragpickers’ union, it will supply about 6,000 with protective gloves, boots and aprons.

For now, though, they still pick through refuse — shards of glass smeared with the remains of yesterday’s dinner, broken shoes mixed in with rotting meat — with bare hands.

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