The last week and a half has been a constant reminder of what has become the most exciting travel adventure of my life. In getting readjusted to the everyday grind of going to class and work here at
There are a few people who I would like to thank for making this whole experience truly memorable. I cannot express enough gratitude for the time and effort that Dr. Nirmal Goswami (TAMUK) and Dr. Kishore Gawande (the Bush School,Texas A&M-College Station), devoted towards making this class possible. Both prepared the students well to cope with the many interesting challenges faced by foreign visitors when shopping at the varied and colorful local markets in
In looking back at the various topic areas covered pertaining to “
The many analytical presentations we attended every morning at JNU were complemented by separate afternoon outreach activities and field trips. These trips were uniquely beneficial. Some of the places we visited were private Indian Think-Tanks; the Taj Mahal; a Micro Credit NGO known as FODRA; a visit with an economic advisor in the Ministry of Finance; a research institute/university known as The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI). A word of thanks is also due to JNU, our host university. From the first to the very last day- the day of our farewell dinner, people we met and who contributed so much to the success of our trip were a just outstanding, especially Dr. Alokesh Barua. I will miss the calm among the madness that is Delhi traffic. I will miss the hospitality of not just the staff of the Pamposh Guest House, but of everyone I encountered. Whether it was in an academic setting or a trip to a market, everyone seemed to offer a piece of their kindness and that I will never forget. Of course I cannot go without mentioning the cuisine. At times it seemed as if I would not be able to handle the spiciness of the food for health reasons, but in the end, it was just too difficult to stay away from the smorgasbord of unique dishes and I made do with my bottle of acid reducer tablets.
When I first got to
I was afraid that I might have picked up some driving habits while in
I really liked the Barista coffee shop we visited regularly in
The thing that I will probably miss the most is the hospitality of the people. Everywhere we went, the hotel, the school, the temples, literally everyone we met, all were welcoming and helpful. I think that that says a lot about a place, whatever the conditions, if the people are good then it is a good place to be.
One thing I can live without and have had no trouble getting readjusted too is the lack of noise and smog. I like my peace and quiet and my clean air.
During our coursework I have learned a lot about the economics and politics of
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and the class; I would recommend it to many people, but not all. While I loved
Throughout my life I have been very privileged to experience different cultures, whether my experiences have been through cuisine, the arts, or learning about their history. But, of all my experiences, none can compare with my adventure in
This winter break I was able to experience a once in a life time opportunity, a trip to
The attitude of the Indian people is amazing. They all seem to posses the great virtue of patience. In
The most amazing aspect of
Though I have now been back at home and in school for over a week, I am still finding new things to tell my family and friends about my time in
My two study abroad experiences have been greatly different. In the
I think there is hope for developing countries in light of the changes brought about by globalization. With the current increases in instantaneous communications, economic liberalization, and the spread of democracy, I expect more actors to be playing more important roles in the international arena. Though it may be an idealistic view, I think the trend towards greater interconnectedness will also begin to close the gap between the standards of living in first and third world countries. With the increasing growth in international trade and transnational companies, less-developed states will become more incorporated into the world system and the demand for better infrastructures and the resources to build them will be more available. Looking back on the experience I had both inside and outside the classroom in
As J.R. and I drove out of the George H. Bush Intercontinental Airport parking lot the night we got back from our 28.5-hour trip from India with a 4.5-hour drive remaining before we saw our homes, I stated, “It’s like nothing’s changed but everything is different; not because anything here is different, but because I’ve changed.”
Now, a week-and-a-half later, I ponder on what I meant by that comment.
At the time, I was looking at the wide, well-lit streets with brightly painted lines and dashes, clearly visible reflective road signs, traffic lights, and obedient drive
I was breathing the fresh
At the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport, after going through immigrations and customs, I had enjoyed a real hamburger, made of real beef (not mutton or some vegetarian substitute), with real, crispy bacon, fresh, juicy tomatoes and lettuce, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise – absolutely no curry, insane hot sauce, or other stomach-balance-defying spiciness! I’d asked for water as my beverage – TAP water!!
So I suppose the fi
But I’ve changed in other ways, too. My ideas about the world have been challenged as I’ve learned about the largest democracy in existence with one of the fastest growing economies today and the difficulties of governing and providing for 1.1 billion people.
I feel that nothing could have adequately prepared me for my trip to
All in all, as I write this and as I think about my half-hour conve
I was extremely impressed with and enriched by the lectures we were granted by
I hope I can sort through all my notes and make enough sense of them to develop a useful topic for further investigation, analysis, and application. Actually, I must – I have to write a paper about my
I have been changed by Dr. Goswami’s (TAMU-Kingsville) and Dr. Gawande’s (TAMU-College Station) unbounded enthusiasm and humor, Herculean efforts, expert guidance, and genuine care, Dr. Mumpower’s (TAMU-College Station) and Dr. Dorch’s (TAMU-College Station) delightful company and excellent insights, and even Dr. Hartwig’s (TAMU-Kingsville) friendship and the enlightening lecture he offered on his proposed reforms for the United Nations Security Council. I feel blessed to know them and learn from them, and I feel immensely grateful to them.
And I would be remiss to neglect mentioning the buoying camaraderie developed during my two-and-a-half weeks bunking with J.R. and the thrill it was to befriend and work with Sarah, Ashley, and Katharine, as well as all the