Monday, April 16, 2007

Occupational hazards

Conversation with aid-worker friend last night included topics like helicopters crashing and burning, angry cobras on doorsteps, and catching the chickengunya virus. Well, well. This is what happens when you try to build schools in war-ravaged countries very few people have even heard of. He said wryly that the job-descriptions for his kind of work should include the disclaimer: “high possibility of death.”
Of course, driving in this city’s traffic every day also means a high possibility of death, but somehow this doesn’t quite have the same ring. No nobility in dying in a jam on Bannerghatta Road, as opposed to getting bitten by a cobra in the wilderness of Sierra Leone while trying to build a school.

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