Google Doodle Celebrates 153rd Birth Anniversary Of Anandi Joshi

Ignacio Smith
April 1, 2018

The doodle has been created by Bangalore-based artist Kashmira Sarode. She passed away five weeks before her 22nd birthday. With the help of her husband, Anandi Gopal Joshi pursued her career in Medicines. "Her name was Anandi Gopal Joshi, and her story is one of courage and perseverance", Google writes in its blog. At a young age, she gave birth to a baby.

The 17-year old Anandi forcefully defended her plans to travel to the United States for a medical degree; how she and her husband had been subject to discrimination because of her moves, why the country needed Hindu female doctors and her future dream of opening a medical college for women in India itself. Anandi Gopal Joshi is that woman. To this date, Anandibai Joshi is hailed as one of the pioneers in women's education in India. Since this was considered unusual for the time, he was considered a progressive thinker. However, he soon died because of lack of proper medical care and this was what became a turning point for the young mother who chose to pursue western medicine. She returned to the homeland thinking to start a medical college.

Her son's passing affected her deeply, and that is what inspired her to become a doctor.

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Her husband, Gopalrao Joshi, encouraged her to study.

Battling weakness, constant headaches, occasional fever, and sometimes breathlessness, Anandi was still egged on by Gopalrao to undertake the mission, for he dreamed for her to become a role model for other women by pursuing higher education. Her work received praise from Kesari editor Lokmanya Tilak and even Queen Victoria sent her a congratulatory message. Her health had significantly declined due to cold and unfamiliar weather and diet. She joined the college at the age of 19 and was graduated with MD ( Doctor of Medicine) on 11 March 1886.

However, Joshi contracted tuberculosis and died February 26, 1887, even before she could turn 22.

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Despite bad health condition, she set off to America to do diploma in medicine at Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania (now known as Drexel University College of Medicine).

Her death came as a shock and was mourned all over India.

Her ashes now lie in the family cemetery in Poughkeepsie, New York. And, a Lucknow institute has named an honorary award after her.

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