Thanks to all who wished me a Happy Birthday! I was surprised early, around 12:30 am on my birthday while in the middle of watching a Bollywood movie with Christina and J. S, Y, M, and D burst into my room with a lovely tier of napkin hats spelling out “Happy Birthday Jessica!”. On the…… Continue reading My 21st Birthday in India!
After our trip to Agra, we buckled down for the rest of the weekend to write a report on our findings and observations from our work in the Education sector of Deepalaya. Our MIT team has teamed with RF students to split into the two sectors of Education and Health. The idea is that after…… Continue reading Ladakh
On Saturday, we ventured to the land of Rahjastan (desert-hot) and specifically Agra. We set an ambitious itinerary of seeing 3 of Agra’s most famous sites: Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, and the Taj Mahal. Agra is approximately 4 hours away from New Delhi and we woke at 5 am to meet our driver. 7 of…… Continue reading Agra: Beautiful forts and Taj Mahal
For the past two weeks we’ve surveyed over 91 households, trying to gain insight into the social and economic motives behind sending a child to school, failing to send a child to school, and why a child would drop out of school. Our education team (Y and I, and our RF counter parts M and…… Continue reading B-Block and McVeggie Burgers
Saturday is usually a day of work for India, but we decided to take our weekend off to explore India. We waited out the heavy morning rains before heading off to Lajpat Nagar, a huge market with booth indoor and outdoor vendors that sell everything from toiletries to wedding saris. We ventured out on our…… Continue reading Going to the Market and India Gate
Last night two of my friends, Christina Kang and Daniel Mokrauer-Madden arrived to stay at the University Residency! It’s great to see them: Christina is working on a photo documentary on our team’s work and will be traveling around the world documenting other PSC fellowship work. Daniel was a part of my IDEAS team project…… Continue reading Pre-monsoon showers
As we learned in our India Orientation, India is a country often depicted as being split between the super rich and super poor. To me the divide has been pretty obvious as though nice cars speed on the highway one can not help but notice the struggling rickshaw pullers hauling insanely large loads on the…… Continue reading Getting to know the “other” India