Reflection

Hi all, I have been back in the states for weeks now and definitely believe one last blog is in order. Upon arriving home I can’t tell you how visually appealing everything looked and let me say, we really are lucky to live in a developed country where running water is not to be feared,…

In the Working Zone

Hi all, This post will most likely be one of my lasts as time is ticking! I’ve been experiencing Delhi in the confines of my flat and at work. I completed my first paper, it turned out to be double the amount of pages I had expected. I meet with my supervisor tomorrow hopefully and…

Negligence Toasted with Chai

Hey friends & family, It is November now, and time is whizzing by. I was in Kolkata for about 5 days, so I have a lot to share about my experience there. A little bit on Kolkata: Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is the capital of West Bengal. Kolkata was a village before the British…

Interconnectedness

Hi all, I know it has been quite a while since the last post. Being here in Delhi for over a month now, I have really become accustomed to my new lifestyle. The thought of the temporary nature of this journey saddens me, but that is how life goes. It’s one journey after the other,…

Love is Here

Hi there, I have lots to update you on! I’ll take it one thought at a time. The title of the post is irrelevant, I just keep seeing this graffiti art that says, “love is here” and keep missing my opportunity to take a picture of it. I told you all I was going to…

Universal Oneness

Hi family & friends, Happy Durga Puja! The month of October is a very festive time in India and there’s lots of rejoice and unity in the air. The past 10 days have been a particularly important holiday for many, so I figured I would share the story and mythology to you all. Mother Goddess…

It’s Best to Remain Calm

Hi everyone, As I’m sitting here on the couch, sipping on some hot Taj black tea, my mug reads: NEVER GIVE UP Never give up- no matter what’s going on, develop the heart, Too much energy in your country is spent on developing the mind instead of the heart, Develop the heart, Be Compassionate not…

Trying to Buy More Time

Hello hello, It’s been over 2 weeks now, and I’m trying to make use of the time I have left in India. I have been spending the past week at PHFI reading up and brainstorming measurable research possibilities, and have been familiarizing myself further with health systems economics, medicines, and universal health care coverage in…

Am I Dreaming?

Hello from India, I was away without internet access for 3 days, so I could not write as planned. I’ve been in India over a week now, and there’s so much to say. I’ll try and spare you ALL the many details, but let’s just leave it at every day is really a new day…

India on the Horizon

Hello all, Mera nam Ellie Afshar hai (my name is Ellie Afshar), and I’m a recent USC Master of Public Health graduate (well almost). I started my practicum at the USC Institute for Global Health (IGH) in the spring, and am concluding my studies as an intern at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)….