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    An Auspicious Day in Jaipur

    As part of our tour through the north of India, we spent one day and two nights in the city of Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is the tenth largest city in India, bursting with historical monuments and numerous shopping opportunities that make it a popular tourist attraction, and an ideal city for […]

  • Agra

    Agra was a big blur of marble, red sandstone, and East Asian tourists clogging the buffet line at the Jaypee Palace. It was a really, really cool blur.   After a long day on the bus from Lucknow to Agra, we made it to the Jaypee to catch up on some sleep. Our first morning was […]

  • Initial hesitations about the early morning sunrise tour turned out to be well worth it!
PC: Rahat Sajwani

    The Livelihood of the Ganges

    As the end of the semester approaches, the group went to a number of culturally rich and incredibly diverse cities in northern India. After spending a few days in the capital, Delhi, we set off for Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Known simply as Banares to the locals, Varanasi derives its name from […]

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    Little Orphan Elephants in Pinnewala

    On Sunday morning, it was with heavy hearts that our group left the Cinnamon Lakeside hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Although we were sad to leave such a beautiful hotel with amazing rooms, restaurants, and WiFi, our spirits picked back up when two hours into our drive to Habarana, we stopped at the Pinnawela Elephant […]

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    “We All Live in Bhopal”

    This week at the Visthar Institute, we had the opportunity to see a play entitled “We All Live in Bhopal”, written by the founder of Visthar, David Selvaraj. The play told the story of the worst industrial disaster in human history, which occurred in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India in the early hours of December 3rd, […]

  • Main Road Valparai Photo Credit: Bruno Mourao

    Valparai

    Hello again! As part of our 2 week stay at Bishop Heber College in Trichy, we spent 4 days traveling in the hill station town of Valparai. Located nearly 275 km from Trichy, Valparai has a population of approximately 71,000 and an elevation of 3,500 feet above sea level on the Anaimalai Hills range of […]

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    Acción Fraterna

    As twilight broke on the early morning of October 31, our group set out to the state of Andhra Pradesh. On the previous night, the other group of students travelled by an overnight train to the village of Koppal situated in northern Karnataka for their field visit. As we crossed the flat countryside of Karnataka […]

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    Tea-Coffee Plantations of Valparai: India’s Green Deserts

    The end of October saw the class focusing on the Environmental Science portion of the semester, with trips to Trichy, Point Calimere, Valparai, and the Mudumulai Tiger Reserve. We saw many beautiful animals and landscapes and learned how each one of these played a crucial role within the larger Indian environment. One of these landscapes […]

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    Up the Mountain – And Away from the Leeches!

    [This excursion took place on October 19th] Breakfast was waiting for us at 7, as usual. We then hopped into our vans and navigated through the sea of green tea leaves, endless waves of green all the way into the horizon. A day of hiking and animal watching awaited for us on the foothills. As […]

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    Madurai Temple: Contradictions and Elephants

    As our group neared Madurai, I started seeing billboard after billboard talking about different stores and restaurants in “Temple City.” Knowing that we were going to see the temple in Madurai I became instantly excited, because if this is the city’s nickname it has got to be good. If I have learned anything during my […]

  • This man was riding a typical 6 a.m. commuter train leaving Tambaram station. He hopped on with a sac of what may have been 100 or so empty plastic bottles. He collects these plastics from trash bins and off the street to resell for his livelihood. One liter plastic bottles are resold for anywhere from one to five Indian Rupees or two to eight U.S. cents. I like to ask people about the jewelry they wear. This often leads to many meaningful conversations involving the details of others’ lives. I asked him about the ring on his finger. He said it is a wedding ring. He works for his wife who stays home. His is obviously not a glamorous job, but in a region where unemployment can be 70% or higher it helps one get by. 100 bottles equals almost 7 U.S. dollars.
 - 10 October 2014
Tambaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, South India

    Lives in Everyday India

            This group of female masons were proudly lifting, carrying and laying bricks with mortar in reparation of the local Tambaram subway tunnel. As I took their photo a nearby man yelled out “These are Our Power Women!” In Chennai 80% of women do not have salaried jobs. This is better than […]

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    Welcome to Silk Town – Kanchipuram

    Last Sunday, a group of seven students plus Dr. Berkey and Dr. Dietz set out to the town city of Kanchipuram. Everyone was thrilled to visit the city so famously know for its silk products. According to Dr. Venkataramanujam, our guide for the day, Kanchipuram was known as the ghatikasthanam, or the place of learning, […]

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    Is this first class? The Shimla-Kalka Express

    It was the early morning of September 24th, and dewdrops covered the rugged path to the station. After spending two days in the summer capital of the British Raj, we left Shimla with mixed emotions having experienced a 12-hour bus ride to get there, creepy portraits in our hotel rooms, and at the same time […]

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    Durbar Square and Hanuman Dhoka: A Step Into the Past

    Nestled within the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, Nepal’s largest and capital city is Durbar Square and the Hanuman Dhoka, a throwback to the 17th century. While the architecture is medieval, nowhere in Kathmandu is totally free from the modern world as an intense smog hangs over the entire city. A few days, and a […]

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    Shimla Shimmy

    After spending two beautiful days enjoying the unforgettable sights and sounds of Amritsar, from the Golden Temple to the Wagah Border, the group headed up the mountains to Shimla. Our 310 km journey, which was intended to take us 5.5 hours, quickly turned into an all day affair. The narrow paths, Indian traffic and multiple […]

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    Golden Temple

    Hello from Amritsar, Punjab! Although we only spent a little over a day in this city, we saw some really amazing sites that everyone will be able to read about in the forthcoming blog posts. Punjab is a state in northwest India and is heavily populated by Sikhs. The spark notes version of Sikhs is […]

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    Auroville: A utopian village

    Written September 8th, 2014 As the van navigated through the dusty streets, I grew more and more excited. Most of the crew was asleep or resting from the tiring on-the-move routine but not me; I could not stop thinking that we would soon arrive to Auroville. Auroville is a utopian village of over two thousand […]

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    The Stone Reliefs and Monuments of Mahabalipuram

    Written on September 3rd, 2014 Yesterday the group visited the city of Mahabalipuram on a mission to tour the many monuments that the city has to offer. These monuments are thousands of years old and have architectural, religious, historical, and cultural significance. They were crafted during the reign of the Pallavas, a long period of […]

Davidson in India | 2014

2014 is a very exciting year for the Davidson in India program. Sixteen students, one resident director, and one assistant resident director will spend the semester exploring themes in the history, environment and ecology, and economy of South Asia. Our travels will take us to India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Join in the adventure by following our blog!

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MCC: “Our Mother’s Home”

In the words of Our Most Beloved Principle, Dr. Alexander, for the past three months that we have spent in India, Madras Christian College has been more than a “home away from home”— it has been like “our mother’s home.” Although I’m still not exactly sure what Dr. Alexander meant, I imagine that he was […]

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An Auspicious Day in Jaipur

As part of our tour through the north of India, we spent one day and two nights in the city of Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is the tenth largest city in India, bursting with historical monuments and numerous shopping opportunities that make it a popular tourist attraction, and an ideal city for […]

Agra

Agra was a big blur of marble, red sandstone, and East Asian tourists clogging the buffet line at the Jaypee Palace. It was a really, really cool blur.   After a long day on the bus from Lucknow to Agra, we made it to the Jaypee to catch up on some sleep. Our first morning was […]