It was my second stint outside India. Before that I had taught for some time at the University of Baghdad. Iraq was not very different from India. So living there did not give you a feel of being in a foreign country but for seeing “foreign” electronic goods like transistor radios and the “two in ones” or synthetic sarees, the dream objects of common Indians during those days. It may not be out of place to mention here the College of Agriculture was located 30 km outside of Baghdad at Abu Gharaib. This place had become much known later during the days of American occupation of Iraq for the infamous prison run by American soldiers for their Iraqi prisoners.
In Liberia (they say that it is in many other African countries too) society is highly promiscuous. They start indulging in sex quite early much before getting married. Extramarital relationships are a very common practice there. Every married person has girl friends besides wife. As all women are from Liberia only, so it must have been the same with married women too. This kind of life was socially accepted there.
I had a 51 years old colleague named Mr. Kiao. He was the manager of our college farm. As he was a senior person (I was 42 at that time), so I often used to sit with him and talk on various subjects. One unusual thing which I had noticed about Mr. Kiao was that I often found him drinking Guinness Stout Beer (a very strong beer) in his office during duty hours.
I told him that it was not true. Had it been true, India would have been a nation of impotent men. But I could not convince him and many others like him in my circle of Liberian friends.
What a great medical discovery!