Sasi will be taken to get an antram tied - Easharamma told me that his condition is due to 'graha'. The vaidudu will chant some mantrams, and tie the amulet. The mantram treatment is as integrel of the local healing as are medicines. Where Eashwaramma is raiseing the 400/- for that - I do not know !
The poor need very good public health systems ... intelligently designed to incorporate their own health systems as well. They need insurance to make sure they do not slip into destitution - some poverty is OK.
I did not even dare ask Chinapaapakka what the costs of that operation in a private hospital in Tirupathi were, what the costs of the local bone setter were and what the costs of all the bus travels were. Where they are manageing from when there is total unemployment.
When I asked had earlier asked Varalu how they were manageing, she had said that the small sum we are paying her for Sasi's 'tutions' and for boiling and giving milk were enough to buy rice for the family. At least we are also giving rajanyadi churnam and dadimadi grutham for her children which, she herself says, has improved their health so much that they do not fall ill. And we give milk for her children as part of the 'payment'. A very small intervention ... but it means something to her ...