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Leaving India

We are in the air Saturday evening beginning the 15 hour flight from Delhi to Newark with memories of an extraordinary week. The students and faculty of Lady Shri Ram College provided abundant hospitality throughout the week. They offered a provocative study of the life and work of Gandhi and consideration of the place of…

Be the Change

When we began planning details of our time in India, the students in our delegation requested that time be set aside for community service. This is consistent with the OWU culture and the commitments of OWU students. We quickly found it also is consistent with the culture of Lady Shri Ram College and the LSR…

Outreach

I have loved every minute here in India. The Taj Mahal, the sessions, the people, and the culture all have won me over and I can’t wait until I can come back to India! With so many wonderful things it’s hard to pick one to focus on. However, even with all these experiences, one event…

MUSKAAN

Dr. Shanti Auluck, a former LSR faculty member and now President and CEO, welcomed us to MUSKAAN. This NGO is the manifestation of a dream that started with a mother’s love coupled with knowledge and competencies learned from years of teaching.  Parker Palmer talks about the importance of a leader to create and protect space…

Davie ’08

S.P. Devasahayam attended OWU from 1901-1908. Originally from Travancore, India (far southwestern corner of India on the coast), Davie, as he was affectionately called, was the first “Hindoo” student at OWU.  He received two degrees from OWU, a BA and an MA.  According to a correspondence to the university from his nephew, Davie was the…

Diversity Is Our Strength

Last night in a conversation with the parent of a current OWU student from Delhi, the parent noted that the strength of India lies in its diversity. This comment grew out of a discussion of Indian cuisine and the variety in Indian food from various parts of the country. He noted the difference between the…

6:30AM Yoga

We just completed our first yoga session on the beautiful grounds of the Lady Shri Ram College for Women.  It was my first time to do yoga and I cannot think of a more beautiful and peaceful place to experience it.  I am not usually a morning person but the whole jet lag thing has…

An India-tastic Day

Today was an India-tastic day filled with almost every unique-to-India cultural experience one can cram into 24 hours. We awoke bright and early to drive four hours to Agra to see the glorious Taj Mahal. It amazed me how taken back I was from every angle I looked at it…I kept having to pinch myself…

Shopping as a Boundary Spanning Tool

The two men were exempt from the mandatory bag and person search behind a screen at the entrance of Dilli Haat on Sunday.  Our delegation of OWU and LSR students quickly collected and mobilized themselves into what was to become a shopping machine.  Although not privy to the tactical planning in the groups, I suspect…

Day One

Day one=huge success. We visited the lotus temple, which was magnificent. Not only was the architecture admirable, but the purpose behind the place of worship was inspiring. Lotuses are known for growing in murky water, symbolizing their ability to bring beauty and life in an otherwise yucky environment. The temple is non-demoninational, and there are…