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January 31, 2009, 9:02 pm
Filed under: India

Note:

This is originally from my previous facebook group ‘Brittany Goes Global,’ (wanna know how I got the blog name? ;)) in which I sent messages to friends about my travels with Global College’s CRC Program through Taiwan, Thailand, India, and Turkey. This post was not originally associated with this blog, but I have put it up here in the correct date. As you can see, my writing is not quite up to par with what it is now 🙂 But I thought you readers would still find it informative and entertaining.

Hey all,

Well it’s been awhile… I had a minor surgery done in India while I was in Hyderabad. I have to say it was an incredibly traumatic experience… the operating rooms in India is no Grey’s Anatomy, let me tell you…. but I’ve fully recovered and I’m looking forward to what the rest of India has to offer me, so no worries.

We’ve spent the last week in Hyderabad, which is a pretty intense city, as well as intense programming. We spent a lot of time this week learning about the history of India, as well as Hinduism, Sufism, Sikkhism, Islam, Tibetan Buddhism, Tantra…. and we learned a lot about fundamentalism and issues in India since partition between Hindus and Muslims. We also visited the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, which was really interesting.


Jeff at the Golconda Fort

We’ve had countless readings to do… it’s been a bit exhausting, but very interesting. Since there are NO restaurants in the vicinity of our hostel, we’ve been ordering food from the hostel menu every night, which charges about 3 times as much than anywhere else, as well as randomly changing the prices on the menu without telling us. For example, one naan would be 20 rupees one day, and the next 35… well you’re in India, all you can do is grin and bear it.
We also watched Jodhaa Akbar, WITH SUBTITLES this time… last year in India we saw Jodhaa Akbar in theatres but there were no english subtitles, so we had no idea what was going on… but I watched it again this year with the subtitles and I can safely say I’ve fallen in love with the movie. Go out and rent it, guys.

What I’m most excited to talk about, is that I’ve just finished reading a book by Muhammad Yunus “Banker to the Poor” which is about how he instituted Grameen Bank, a bank that gives loans to the poorest people in the world without collateral. Muhammed Yunus and Grameen bank won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. I was so inspired reading this book and I truly think if there is one thing in the world that can eradicate poverty, it’s micro-finance; just by reading how much of a difference he’s made to his home country Bangladesh is amazing. But anyway, I’m going to try to intern there this summer- which means I would be spending six weeks in Bangladesh!!! Six weeks in Bangladesh learning about micro-finance, I truly can’t think of anything better.

Tomorrow we leave for rural Madurai, a city way down south in India. We’re going to be learning about the Dalit people of India (the untouchable caste, the lowest caste in the India caste system), and living on a farm!

Much love,
Brittany


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