At work, my desk is right next to an Indian guy’s. In the fourteen months I’ve worked here, he has been sniffly non-stop. He takes a work-from-home day at least once a month due to sneezing, fevers, etc. He swears up and down that his doctor says he isn’t contagious.
Yesterday, I was complaining about it to my boyfriend via IM. He once spent several months in Nepal, and says that lots of kids there are chronically sniffly, and that a Western woman there said that it was due to a congenital problem that could be corrected by surgery while they were children.
I then remembered that, in the early parts of Midnight’s Children, the protagonist’s parents send him in for a surgery to dry up his copiously productive nasal passages.
I’m seeing a pattern. Does anyone know what this defect is, and what the surgery is that fixes it?