Connections: Yoga for Bhopal.

Connections: Yoga for Bhopal. Novelist Meaghan Delahunt explains her connection to Bhopal and the work of the Sambhavna Clnic in Bhopal which uses yoga as one of a range of treatments.

I was in India in 2000, a place I had always wanted to visit. I was there for three months on a UNESCO International Literature fellowship.  I was writing my second novel, The Red Book, which at the time I thought of as my ‘yoga’ novel.  As usual, when writing a novel or a short story, I didn’t start with a plot or a plan but rather an image, a colour, a line.  It’s always an intuitive process.

Shortly before I left Edinburgh I had a dream which involved the colour red, a Buddhist monk and the city of Bhopal. A child hovered at the edge of the dream.  I took these images as a sign. On the day I arrived at Sanskriti Kendra – the artists’ ashram outside Delhi which was my base –  the first person I met was a young Muslim man from Bhopal.  We became good friends and he said, ‘You must stay with my family.’ That’s how I came to visit Bhopal several times and how I first made my way to the Sambhavna clinic. This clinic in Old Bhopal was pioneering Yoga therapy and Ayurvedic medicine in the treatment of the gas-affected population.

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.