Monday, 11 October 2010

The Village

Games Media Center

Everybody is going great guns at the games.

Here is the medals tally on Day 10.. Three more days to go.
64 Gold
40 Silver
39 Bronze
143 Total
30 Gold
23 Silver
28 Bronze
81 Total
27 Gold
49 Silver
35 Bronze
111 Total
23 Gold
15 Silver
28 Bronze
66 Total
12 Gold
11 Silver
9 Bronze
32 Total

Here are some photos of the Games Village and sports arenas.

Free medical treatment and services are available for sports persons and delegates and they are taking advantage of it.
A Nigerian Commonwealth Games delegate who was suffering from arthritis for years had a very expensive knee replacement surgery at a private hospital within a week of her landing in Delhi. The cost for the Rs 300,000 surgery for this person was zero. The tax payers paid for it. In a country where there is no free medical treatment for sports persons or the poorest of the poor.
Number of visitors in the Village Polyclinic last week and what they came for-
500- Non emergency reasons
224- Dental procedures
140- Eye check up
162- Ultrasound
300- Cardiac check ups
1000- Massage and physiotherapy
Medical practitioners say that many of these ailments don 't develop overnight obviously they had been deferred till now but as medical care providers they have to serve everyone.
Technology is shrinking our world so much. Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day in Canada and I sang some Thanksgiving songs with 2 Canadian friends on Skype. It was such a special experience.
It felt as if we were in the same room. The thousands of miles which separated us melted away the moment we switched on the camera and microphone. We sang "How Great Thou Art" accompanied with a guitar and harmonica. It was the first time I "met" them through mutual friends, it was a great introduction.
These days we are having extra power cuts . It is the Hindu festival season and various festivities and fairs are taking place. Hundreds of temples are lit up with lights and decorations. They have to cut domestic power to supply electricity to worship venues.
Tomorrow evening a large fair and religious procession called Ramdal or Dushera procession will take place in my area.
I am planning to take some photos to blog.
The season is changing and its cooler now. What a great relief.
Please tell me if in North America and elsewhere people have changed the clock one hour back.
Have a pleasant Tuesday.

17 Fertilize my soul:

Donetta said...

My goodness what a busy city. I hope that this finds you well. We just got the kids to bed. They are home all week for fall break. We are having so much fun together.
I hope the power only goes down while your sleeping:)

Zimbabwe said...

I see very sunny and warm city with modern hotels. We have fog and autumn - in Poland we change hour in clocks on the last Saturday of October.

Anonymous said...

Hi Amrita, It looks like your Commonwealth games are going along well. We will set our clocks back an hour on the evening of November 6th. It used to be the last Sautrday of October. As a child, I couldn't remember how to change the time in the spring and fall. So we were taught, "Spring" ahead an hour and "Fall" back an hour. Have a blessed day, Sally

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
Thank you for an interesting report.
Next time India is hosting international games, I'll sign in as a contestant. Maybe I can get all my procastnated dental work done?
I'll just have to figure out what might be suitable sports for a 60 year old woman..

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Yes, the Commonwealth Games are being hosted by India. India is running second to Australia in medal tally which is truly remarkable. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

Kathryn said...

Wow, Amrita, only 3 days left? Seems like that went by quickly.

Isn't it hard on the taxpayers to be underwriting all that medical care?

How long does the Hindu festival last? Is it starting to get cooler for you yet?

Reenie said...

Yaay, I'm cheering for Australia- and congratulations to you for all the medals India won :)

Here in the southern hemisphere- we have turned our clocks one hour FORWARD from the first day of Spring... Days are now longer. Absolutely LOVE it!

sarah said...

wow..the pictures are great. wish I was there.

Trish said...

No, we haven't set our clocks back yet Amrita...but we will soon.
I so enjoy you photo's and learning about your culture.

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

Dear Amrita,
What an interesting post. Learning about the Commonwealth Games, and about your heart touching experience with your online friends. You are a special friend, no doubt. Glad I found you!

Thanks for stopping by, and for your sweet comment. Thanks for referring my blog on yours. I met David, who has kindly left me a comment too :-)

(((( hugs ))))) to you and your mom, dear Amrita.


Glennis said...

Has been a wonderful Games so many wonderful performances, sure there were lots of teething problems at the start, but it all came together well in the end.
Now you will be left with all these great facilities for the use of your population, so next games there will be more great performances from Indian people.

Debra said...

Wow! Beautiful facilities! I did not know these games were going on! Beautiful pictures my friend.

Hope you have a wonderful day Amirita and God bless!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Amrita:)

Lovely photos.You photos are good and gives an excellent coverage of the games.

Finally, we achieved the second position in the medals tally second to Australia.

The closing ceremony was superb with glitter,glamor,music,dance,laser display etc.

Best Wishes:)

Amrita said...

Thank you for your kind comments friendsan d teling me about the time change too. I will change settings on the cell phone world clock, it doesn 't change by itself.
In India we a constant time, it doesn 't change.

hi Kathryn, th e festival will go on for a few days more. Then in the first week of Nov. there is another one.

Doris, the pleasure is mine.

Amrita said...

Hi friends , I posted some videos of the closing ceremony of the games yesterday

Amrita said...

Hi friends , I posted some videos of the closing ceremony of the games yesterday

Sharodindu said...

Very nice collection....