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World Polio Summit 2012

This past weekend I was able to attend the World Polio Summit 2012.  Due to a Saturday morning finance class I was unable to see the Prime Minister speak, but I was still able to catch the afternoon and evening events as Rotarians and WHO officials spoke to rally the spirits of those in attendance. … Continue reading

Rishikesh, Kashmir and Orchha

Sorry about the lack of a January update.  Things have been very busy since my dad left at the beginning of January.  Rishikesh was an awesome (albeit cold) destination for December and the opportunity to see Krishna Das sing Kirtan in an ashram on Christmas Eve was unforgettable.  I can already tell this is going to … Continue reading

Journey to the (sort of) Northeast – Kalimpong, Gangtok, and Darjeeling

Greetings from Kathmandu. Exams at the IIT came and went, leaving decent marks and painful memories that will fade with time.  Honestly they weren’t too bad, not much worse than exams at USC and scheduled for plenty of time to enjoy some of Delhi’s nightlife with the other exchange students before everyone went their separate … Continue reading

Rishikesh / Nepal

 The last few weeks have been pretty busy.  I went to Rishikesh, the town where the Beatles stayed when they came to India, and then Nepal.  Rishikesh was awesome. We rented bikes to get around, which made it a lot easier to see the nearby cities like Mussoorie and Haridwar.  Honestly I’ll probably do it … Continue reading

End Polio Now / Dasara

A few weeks ago I was invited by Mr. Sawhney, a Rotarian at RC Delhi South Metropolitan, to participate in a Polio drive.  At several locations around Gurgaon (you may be familiar with the name, its one of the “cyber cities” of India), we stopped to vaccinate several children while Mr. Sawhney confirmed the number … Continue reading

Goa

Goa was beautiful.  I went to Goa last week with a few friends and spent the first half of the week in North Goa and the second half in South Goa.  We went at the perfect time  – just after the rainy season ended but before the tourist season began, meaning perfect weather, tranquility, and … Continue reading

9/11

A friend of mine named Brian used to work at a restaurant in the World Trade Center.  There was a hole in the wall.  And sometimes when they had trash and didn’t want to walk all the way to the trash can, or if something broke and they didn’t know what to do with it, … Continue reading

Black Wednesday: Terrorism in New Delhi

Today after my Process Engineering course Anna Schumacher, another American Rotary Scholar in New Delhi, called me to tell me that a terrorist attack had taken place at the High Court in New Delhi, 10km away from the IIT.  Four people had been confirmed dead, and at least thirty were injured.  We talked for a … Continue reading

Rambling

It’s been a while since I posted so I think it’s going to be a long one.  After the last post, I ended up making it out of the city to get to Jaipur, which is in hot and beautiful Rajasthan.  Nicolas and I stayed with a friend of his named Merlin, who had been … Continue reading

‘If there is a paradise on Earth, it is this, it is this, it is this’

This is a couplet by the Persian poet Jami, and it is inscribed on the Red Fort in Delhi. My apologies for not updating, but I have been very busy lately and have not had the chance.  I’ve also been bad about bringing my camera with me, so there is a shortage of pictures.  I … Continue reading