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Introduction Assignment

While we hesitate to use the term, “assignment” – we are going to use it anyway in the interest of re-conditioning your understanding of the term. On this program, we’ll ask you to actively engage with your experience in a thousand experiential and reflective ways. While there might be “tasks” involved, the goal is simply to deepen your experience and squeeze the natural joy out of your curiosity, explorations and learning.

With the above intention, we’d like to present you your first assignment. The goal is to introduce yourself (bravo Callie & Matthew M!!!) within our small group and to share something below the surface.

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman

Please post an introduction yak with a photo of yourself and answering this prompt “Describe what make you come alive.”

Recommended videos/readings/resources

Devdutt Pattanaik – East vs. West – the myths that mystify How do I “approach” India? Devdutt Pattanaik offers a window through mythologies in this TED talk. You might want to watch it several times like we did.

Pico Ayer’s Why We Travel A beautifully-written exploration of the profound personal development that can come from traveling in a new place with an open mind.

Maria Popova’s appreciation for Jawaharlal Nehru’s Letters from a Father to His Daughter. Letters from a Father to His Daughter is at once enormously heartening and a vital reminder for readers of all ages and eras about how we shape the world we live in through our understanding of it and the choices we make in it.

The London Jungle Book: What an Indian Tribal Artist Can Teach Us About Rediscovering Our Capacity for Everyday Wonder: A humbling perspective to jolt us into appreciating all the mundane miracles of travel and city life that we’ve come to take for granted.

Why Study Hindi – A Broad Overview An introductory slide show on studying Hindi. Get started on the basics of Hindi. Courtesy the Hindi Urdu Flagship Program at the University of Texas – Austin.

Jacky, Uttara, Saurabh