The classes that we have taken have for the most part been very enlightening and informative. I have gone from knowing nothing about micro credit and micro financing to seeing it fi
The past few weeks in
Over the past few weeks here in
Language can be found in many forms depending on the individual’s home state. There are 16 official languages in
One of the other unique characteristics which I find to be quite interesting about Delhi, is the “mixed usage” that is so much a part of urban space usage. One of the best examples which I can use to show is the very hotel in which we are staying at—Pamposh Guest House. The bottom level of the hotel we are staying at is actually a Dominoes Pizza. This is interesting because in most cases, especially in South Texas, this is not a common occurrence, but in Delhi this is actually the case. The area in which we are staying, Greater Kalaish II (GK II), is indicative of this same situation. You can walk pretty much in any direction and on the next block you will find a number of shops, restaurants, and ba
The last example which I would like to mention is yet another unique aspect of not just
There are so many examples of uniqueness that are specific to
In previous posts and/or journal entries, my fellow Bharat Hippo Rats and I have most likely mentioned the symphonic cacophony that is the traffic of
In the last lecture of our program at JNU yesterday, Professor Gurbachan Singh expressed that population density in India is not a problem – not even in the overcrowded cities like New Delhi and Mumbai – as compared to the population density of other (more developed) localities like Hong Kong and Bangladesh. Though he was referring to population density’s impact on real estate prices, I associated his population density declaration with the means by which people transport themselves from Point A to Point B.
I was incredulous; how can there not be a population density problem here when all day, every day I witness such traffic bedlam?! Dr. Kishore Gawande of Texas A&M Unive
But that still leaves the question of how the dysfunctional traffic system functions. I believe I know how. The answer came to me as an epiphany while I was riding in the back seat of a Tata: I was thinking about British comedian Mr. Bean in the movie “Johnny English”. In one scene, he unsuccessfully uses a unique form of echo-location to find his way through a pitch-dark tunnel.
And then it struck me: Indian motorists have their own special echo-location technique for avoiding wrecks and weaving and wending their way through incredible traffic jams! It’s the all-mighty honk!
Auto-rickshaws and buses all have the polite request “Horn Please” painted or stickered on their back bumpe
And we shouldn’t be surprised at the idea of using sound vibrations to “see”, since the notion has been present in our society via a Marvel Comics character recently depicted in the
Finally, we must realize that, unlike Mr. Bean, the people of
I have not really felt moved by anything as much as the events of this past week. As part of our activities with JNU, the TAMUK and Bush School students had unique opportunities to meet with non-governmental organizations and academic experts in the fields of micro-credit and sustainable development. On one outreach activity, our group of students went to meet representatives of a micro-financing institution called the Fountain for Development Research and Action (FODRA) in north-east
The experience we had meeting with FODRA clients was later enhanced by the lecture given by JNU professor, Amit Ray, Ph. D. Professor Ray specializes in economics and teaches at the Centre for International Trade and Development at the School of International Studies. The professor’s energetic lecture titled “Micro Credit for Poverty Alleviation” helped explain how micro-financing institutions like FODRA work to remove the people from the vicious circle of poverty. Both the rural and urban poor may never be able to pull themselves out of their unfortunate economic conditions because they do not have the collateral necessary to secure loans from traditional lending institutions. This experience has shown me that while micro-finance may only be responsible for marginal macro-economic consequences, it is making a real difference in the quality of lives of many individuals who are poor.
Out of everything seen and heard on this trip, what I shall remember the most vividly the optimistic outlooks that Delhi citizens and unive