After a hiatus of two years, I returned to India this past month. The occasion of this trip was to attend the Homeopathic International Clinical Training Course in Mumbai, something I have had the privilege to do three times in the last four years. Taught by Dr. Rajan Sankaran, one of the world’s preeminent homeopaths, the conference is a unique opportunity to deepen one’s knowledge and enhance clinical skills while witnessing an enormously creative and brilliant practitioner working with patients.
During my recent trip to the Indian city of Pune, I was told more than once that twenty years ago it was a slow paced, relaxed place quite distinct from Mumbai, its enormous, frenetic, over-populated neighbor to the north. Unfortunately, that atmosphere appears to have been a casualty of ‘progress’ as the city epitomizes India’s headlong rush into modernity. Once a city of bicycles, the streets are now filled with all varieties of motorized vehicles whose drivers seem to be playing an endless game of chicken with each other and pay little heed to pedestrians whatsoever. The air quality likewise has suffered from the traffic and industrial growth. Many people take on the ‘bandit look’, wrapping their mouths and nose with a scarf or kerchief to filter out the pollution.