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A small update on my Indian adventures!

Now that I have more than one day under my India belt, I just wanted to check in with you all and update you on this crazy life! **DISCLAIMER: I don’t know why, but my medium account has been seriously malfunctioning when I have tried to add pictures to my blogs. For now, I am choosing to leave them off to avoid losing progress and what not. If you want to look at my photos, please go to Facebook :)** I am still very homesick. This experience of traveling has been […]

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Wedding Bells

The first weekend here, my roommate Milad and I were lucky enough to be invited to a wedding! Our host mom’s cousin was getting married, so on Friday night, we crashed what can be equated to his bachelor party. I use the term bachelor party loosely – it was mostly a family gathering, and other than the alcohol, it more closely resembled a bridal shower. The groom’s sister created a series of tasks for him to complete, everything from singing a romantic Hindi song to remembering a grocery list to […]

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Oh the Bureaucracy

Over the past few days, we’ve definitely gotten to experience the finer bits of the Indian government. I can’t quite figure it all out. Some places, like the Bangalore Airport, are shockingly nonchalant about important safety precautions, waving me through their metal detectors without checking anything, even after I set the alarms off. Other places, though, are infinitely picky about their rules, even if they never actually articulate their expectations. The best example of this is the FRRO office. Basically, every foreigner planning to stay longer than 30 days (or […]

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The First Few Days

Nasmaskara! Just being in India for maybe almost 2 days has been great! Had really great experiences with food. The first morning, we went down for breakfast service. We had dosa for breakfast, which is equivalent to pancakes, but it’s made out of rice. Accompanying that we also had this spicy soup along with coffee or tea. The COFFEE and TEA is really good here!! For our Welcome Ceremony, we all lit a candle and introduced ourselves, afterwards we would put the lit candles into the bowl. Everyone is very […]

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Procrastination, Meet Voluntourism

Wow. I really am an absolutely terrible blogger. So much has happened since my last post and you guys don’t know any of it! I almost finished this post as a procrastination measure while I was writing my final papers for class but even that I could not finish. It’s a shame. At any rate, I’m finished with school now! I finished right at the beginning of May and I have been traveling since May 2nd. I want to talk more about that and my travels but first, I want […]

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Mother Tongue

I heard that my blog was featured on the Study Abroad’s website and weekly email. Not only is that pretty neat, but it probably means that I am due for another post. The inspiration for this post comes partially from an experience that I had today and partially also from Amy Tan‘s short essay, “Mother Tongue.” This came up because, today, I went with my boss and my coworkers to a gathering of youth in a particular neighborhood. This was the second of such gatherings I had been to and, […]

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The Curious Thing About Blogging

I am a social media fiend. Like many people my age (and a surprising amount of those older than us), I spend a significant of my time on Facebook. I have a Twitter that I am tweeting on with increasing frequency. I do not hesitate to snap a picture and immediately post it to Instagram. I even have a Tumblr blog, where, thanks to relative anonymity, I am able to pull back my online presence a couple layers and display a deeper version of myself not provided by my other […]

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My First Field Visit

Hello Friends, Yesterday, I had my first official day of my internship with the National Muslim Women Welfare Society. Needless to say, I have a lot on my mind after the first day and desperately want to talk/write more about it. However, we dove right into things with a “field visit” to a Muslim slum. I was asked to write a report of my visit and my observations and I figured that it would also make a great blog post. So here goes! On 25 March 2014, I had the […]

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Nandan Nilekani, Victim Blaming, and Other Thoughts

So every night, John (my roommate) and I spend about two hours watching Indian news with Papa-Ji, the grandfather and patriarch of the family that we live with. It is usually a mix of Hindi and English and we actually get a pretty good opportunity to find out what is going on in Indian policies. It is especially interesting to both of us because, as you may or may not know, the general elections will be held in May. Tonight, we got an opportunity to see a town hall with […]

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A Brief Update…

Hi friends, So I am still alive, contrary to what my posting habits would suggest. I’m actually just really bad at writing my thoughts down. I have multiple draft posts half written but either I get interrupted or I loose steam and fail to finish the post. Lots has happened since my last post. I have been away from Jaipur nearly every weekend. We have been to Agra (as I posted about), but also Jaiselmer and the desert, Ajmer/Pushkar to see the temples, and last weekend we went to a […]

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Prologue: Initial Thoughts

I leave for Japan in three days. Except for packing, all of my preparations are complete, although I know in the back of my mind that any amount of studying and preparation cannot fully prepare me for a new life in another country. It is reassuring that I am already somewhat familiar with the culture since I have already been to Japan before and I study Japanese. With enough effort and perseverance, I am almost certain I will succeed this coming year! Perhaps the most important preparation is keeping a […]

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