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Krithika Murali
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (3): 164-165. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10731
Published online: 18 February 2013

The dusty lanes of Suryakollam follow the slow course of the tarry river below. It’s close to noon — a man wearing a lungi stands by the water brushing his teeth. The whitewashed mud-brick houses and thatched roofs glow in the hot sun. Cloth doors hang listlessly in the heat. A vintage Bollywood tune mixed to reggae booms through the air, adding unexpected festivity — unexpected because Suryakollam is the local red-light district. I’d assumed that a red-light district in India would be a sad sort of place.

  • Krithika Murali1,2

  • 1 General Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Global Ideas Forum 2012, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: krithikamurali@gmail.com

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