• Mauled by the Mall: The Artificiality of Dubai and Abu Dhabi

    Thirty years ago, the UAE’s highlights were as extensive as a revolving restaurant in the creek district of Deira and the gold souk in Sharjah. The endless stretch of desert that was once the UAE was nothing more than a village inhabited by washed up pearl divers who saw their industry crumble at the hands […]

  • Davidson in India Fall 2013 Video

    A compilation of video clips from the Fall 2013, Davidson in India program through India, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates—all shot with the GoPro Hero 3. Thanks to everyone who made these past 3 1/2 months a truly an unforgettable semester. Enjoy!

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    Not Your Average Cup of Tea

    On our past trip to the Western Ghats, our group experienced the beauty of a tiger reserve, the cool air of Ooty, and the peculiarity of the tea plantation. In our adventure in India, there are major themes we attempt to appropriate and associate with the dynamic country. One of these themes is old and […]

  • Issues threatening Fishermen Villages in South India

    For many of the coastal states in India, the fishing industry is a large component of the economy. Recently, however, at the expense of Nuclear Power Plant projects and ethnic conflicts with Sri Lanka, the success of these economies is being threatened. During our twenty-day trip through Tamil Nadu and Kerala, we were able to […]

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    Mired in Mud

    The immediate sensory impact of a mangrove environment is the pungent salt emerging from the seemingly stagnant brackish water. Dark in color and mired in mud, the mangroves and the salty milieu they inhabit seem to be an unpleasant place to spend the morning. Yet, something about these mangroves piqued my interest. India’s mangroves are […]

  • The view from a hill temple in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. The Indian Supreme Court is considering closing the many tourist resorts on the reserve.

    Preserving India from its Littering Culture

    Now that I have been in India for almost two months I have become much more accustomed to the sights and smells that initially shocked me. Looking back, it is apparent that what was initially most shocking to me was India’s system (or lack thereof) of waste management. As I stated in my previous post India still […]

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    Temple Elephants of India

    I have never tried to hide the fact that I am an animal person. Put me in a room full of cats and dogs, and I may not ever leave. Needless to say, the prospect of being within spitting distance of giant Asiatic elephants was one that I could not stop thinking about once I […]

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    Following the Fruit

              Vibrant umbrellas shelter aesthetically pleasing arrangements of fruit in the market stalls that line the main street in West Tambaram. Pyramids of apples and guavas sit beneath strings of bananas and provide a beautiful background for the daily interactions of the people who live and shop in the neighborhood.   Alongside […]

  • Group photo with some of the MCC students who played cricket with us.

    Ready to Start the Davidson Cricket Team

    On Thursday evening, we played cricket with some students at MCC. To keep things interesting (and the game moving), teams included a mixture of Davidson students and MCC students. Can’t think of a better way to have spent the evening!  

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    Enjoying the Fruits of Tambaram’s Labor

    For our first media blog assignment, I decided to investigate the produce stands scattered all throughout the markets of West Tambaram. Wedged in between tiny alleys, there was row after row of stands featuring all types of fruits, vegetables, and even flowers. The conglomeration of merchants from all corners of Tambaram gather together under this […]

  • Tommy Fang learning about life in India from MCC students.

    Dialogue with MCC Students

    Through conversations yesterday afternoon with MCC students in the Masters in Social Work program, Davidson students were able to learn about Indian marriage customs, religion, the caste system, and much more, from people their own age. It was the perfect venue to be able to ask all of the questions we were too nervous to […]

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    India: The World’s Largest Democracy

    Walking through the streets of Chennai and West Tambaram, the image of a woman plastered on billboards and car dashboards struck our group.  Her portrait was inescapable, accompanied with Tamil script and kilos of rice. Upon further investigation, we learned her name was Jaya Lalitha. Ms. Lalitha is chief minister in the state of Tamil-Nadu […]

  • Devin learning a traditional Tamil dance with two social work students at MCC

    Dancing Devin

    Devin learning a traditional Tamil dance from social work students at MCC.

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    Growing Pains for India, Culture Shock for Me

    For newcomers to India who, like myself, have never visited the Global South before the most noticeable feature of India will be the poverty. Even with a summer’s worth of reading on India I was unprepared for the level of poverty, relative to American standards, in the streets of West Tambaram. While I am told […]

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    A Taste of India: Sampling Street Cuisine

    Cheap. Plentiful. Occasionally hawked by vendors leaning on their carts in the midday sun, but more often laid out enticingly and allowed to speak for itself. This is street food in India: a quick and dirty source of nourishment whose products range from iridescent orange corn, to boiled peanuts, to fruit and syrup-soaked sweets. Almost […]

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    Religious Icons in Tamil Nadu

    In my explorations of Tamil Nadu, our home state for our stay in India, I searched for religions icons and symbols from three of India’s  many religions: Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. In the main thoroughfare of our suburb of West Tambaram, I first found a mosque, a bag with a crescent and star, and men […]

  • Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth, Getting Bathed by Elephants

    Ancient Mythology in Ancient Stone: Mahabalipuram’s Rock Temples

    Under the scalding rays of India’s beaming sun, we made a pilgrimage-like trek through a winding portion of Mahabalipuram to view the various rock temples built under the direction of the Pallava kings in the 7th century A.D. We visited at least eight temples. Below are some of the carvings we saw and the stories […]

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Davidson in India | 2013

2013 is a very exciting year for the Davidson in India program. Seventeen students, one resident director, and one assistant resident director will spend the semester exploring themes in sustainable development, culture, history, and politics, in India and in the wider Indian Ocean region. Our travels will take us to India, Sri Lanka, Oman, and UAE. Join in the adventure by following our blog!

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Davidson in India Fall 2013 Video

A compilation of video clips from the Fall 2013, Davidson in India program through India, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates—all shot with the GoPro Hero 3. Thanks to everyone who made these past 3 1/2 months a truly an unforgettable semester. Enjoy!

blogpost #3 shea a

Not Your Average Cup of Tea

On our past trip to the Western Ghats, our group experienced the beauty of a tiger reserve, the cool air of Ooty, and the peculiarity of the tea plantation. In our adventure in India, there are major themes we attempt to appropriate and associate with the dynamic country. One of these themes is old and […]

Issues threatening Fishermen Villages in South India

For many of the coastal states in India, the fishing industry is a large component of the economy. Recently, however, at the expense of Nuclear Power Plant projects and ethnic conflicts with Sri Lanka, the success of these economies is being threatened. During our twenty-day trip through Tamil Nadu and Kerala, we were able to […]