A Tribute to the late Mr. Manakelal Joshi, the President of OAI

Adv Patel

9th February, 2016

Mr. Maneklal Joshi our current president of Ostomy Association of India (OAI) passed away n the last week of December 2015 at the age of 73 years in Mumbai, India.

He was a cancer survivor for more than 15 years & was a role model for many cancer patients particularly patients with cancer of rectum. He was a great human being.

He was a very dedicated, honest & sincere worker who served OAI for improving the Quality of Life (QOL) for many years. He served in different capacity in the Executive committee of OAI from 2010 lastly as the president. He was always eager & ready to help any ostomate and cancer patients not only in Mumbai but anywhere in India.

He hailed from a village in the state of Rajasthan. His honesty and sincere hard work made him a branch manager of one of the nationalised bank in Mumbai. Not only he worked for ostomates but he was a great social worker as well. His sincere efforts were successful in getting his village people; the proper roads, public transport connectivity with other places in the state of Rajasthan & electricity for his village. His sincere efforts were successful in getting his villagers cooking gas facilities at their doorstep at no extra cost.

In his death we have lost a very dear friend and great and sincere social worker and very dear friend. His philosophies of life will guide us in future also.


Harikesh Buch

President ASPOA


Blood, poop and tears ... and rising above it.

I say this with the utmost respect. The fact that you put yourself out there and talk about a lot of taboo issues with humour and intelligence is wonderful and inspiring. I personally believe that part of healing is not being mentally consumed by a condition. Clearly you are taking control OVER the disease as much as you can but still, I have to wonder if you can move post ibd, cancer and other significant cases. MANY people have their own issues too. I have several very close family members who have been near death and clawed their way back. I would do my best to think of myself as healthy and well and not diseased and uncured. (Anonymous)