VULA BEVALILE: LETTERS FROM A YOUNG DOCTOR – Maithri Goonetilleke
Vula Bevalile: Letters from a Young Doctor is a collection of vignettes written over seven years by Maithri Goonetilleke, who has been contributing his time voluntarily in Swaziland — a country devastated by extreme poverty and the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
Through the stories, the reader is taken on an incredible journey across a landscape of extreme adversity and medical and economic hardship. But it is the final, overwhelming sense of humanity that is most striking and empowering. The ultimate outcome for the reader is a profound understanding of a people with enormous resilience, pride, humility, and courage.
In beautifully limpid and pared-back prose, Maithri Goonetilleke distils his experiences in Swaziland… Words such as “uplifting” and “profound” cannot begin to capture the quiet potency of the stories he tells about the people he works with and treats.
– The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald
This book calls on us to think again, to ask ourselves what we are doing in our own lives and why.
– Paul A. Komesaroff, Professor of Medicine and Director, Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society, Monash University, and Executive Director of Global Reconciliation, Australia.
The book you hold in your hands is a treasure, written by a man who has dedicated his life to bringing healing and love to those who are so desperately in need of such attention
- Dr Wayne W Dyer, international best selling author and leader in the field of self development
Maithri and the foundation he has established have changed lives – sometimes ‘impossible’ is possible.
- Katrina Watson, Professor of Medicine
I have been forever touched by this transformational master-’peace’.
-Dr. Terry Gordon, Cardiologist, American Heart Association National Physician of the Year 2002, and author of No Storm Lasts Forever