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Arrival

Eric Cummings, Participant

We have arrived in Delhi after 24 Long hours of travel. Everyone’s health and energy are good. The delay has shifted our itinerary and we’re working closely with Rebecca, Hemant, and Uttara to get new details settled. Delhi is a bustling capital......Read More

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Arrival!

Dragons Administration, Participant

The group of intrepid travelers has made it New Delhi!...Read More

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YakBoard #1–Update!!

Margaret Gaw, Participant

Yak Board #1 By Margaret L. Gaw (Marge) 1/3/18 We began our second day of preparation at Harpeth Hall with toilet paper. A little ironic, considering the rarity of this commodity in India. But our fearless leader Buffy Baker (CB) gave the......Read More

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Bollywood

Marguerite Coombs, Participant

Bollywood is the Indian film industry based in the city of Mumbai, and its name comes from the combination of Bombay and Hollywood. Bombay used to be the name of the densely populated west coast city Mumbai, which is known as the heart of the......Read More

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Education System in India

Margot May, Participant

In 1947, India gained its independence from Britain. In 2018, some aspects of British culture remain. One aspect being education. India’s education system is similar to most Western countries’ systems. They teach arithmetic, reading, writing,......Read More

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Buddhism

Sydney Clayton, Participant

It all started with a prince named Siddhartha Guatama. He lived a happy life in his palace sheltered from the danger of the real world. One day he decided he needed to see what the rest of the world was really like, so he left his palace. He saw all......Read More

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Wildlife SOS

McKenzie Darnell, Participant

  Wildlife SOS is an organization started in 1995 by co-founders, Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani. Their main focuses are rescuing and rehabilitating Indian wildlife from poachers, poor habitats, or inhumane practices. The co-founders......Read More

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Hinduism

Caroline Kiesling, Participant

Today, Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, with roughly 95% of the Hindu population living in India. Its origins are often disputed, as there is no one founding story of the religion. Its origins date back to a period between 2300......Read More

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Lutyens’s Delhi and City Planning

Margaret L Gaw, Participant

Lutyens’s Delhi and City Planning by Margaret L. Gaw (Marge) It’s fitting that the tenth of thirteen children of Captain Charles Henry Augustus Lutyens and Mary Theresa Gallwey be named after a designer. For Sir Edwin Lutyens was certainly one.......Read More

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Environmental Concerns

Marguerite Trost, Participant

A crucial part of India’s identity comes from its environmental resources. Ecologically, India is fascinating because it forms the junction of three major biogeographical zones and thus features a wide range of natural ecosystems, from the......Read More

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Traditional Indian Familial Structure

Tricia Glenn, Participant

Highly valued in India, family is an important aspect of Indian culture. Family obligations are strong; “In Hinduism the family is more important than the individual and the individual is nothing unless he or she is part of a family”. ......Read More

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Social Justice in India

Augusta Bryan, Participant

Social justice is the foundation of the Indian Constitution, created in November of 1949. The creators of the Constitution wanted to incorporate forms of justice throughout the document to fulfill everyone’s needs. A well-known quote from one of......Read More

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Indian Marriage Traditions

Kathleen Norton, Participant

Indian marriage traditions consist of two widely known practices: dowries and sati. Although both of the practices have changed or have been completely abolished, they still hold an important place in Indian history as well as marriage traditions......Read More

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Jainism

Maggie Tattersfield, Participant

Jainism is an ancient Indian religion that originated before 3000 BC. The word “Jain” means conqueror, and there are approximately 3.3 million Jains in India today. The Tirthankaras of Jainism are figures that have achieved correct knowledge,......Read More

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Reverence for Cows

Carly Horner, Participant

Since Hinduism first evolved, respect for cows has been central to the faith. Rather than being worship, which is a common misconception, Hindus respect, honor, and adore the cow because she gives more than she takes (only grass, water, and grain).......Read More

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Democracy in India

Emily Beach, Participant

India is known as having the biggest democracy in the world. Its official term is federal parliamentary democratic republic, and it clearly shows its roots from British rule while still looking towards a modern, more Western democracy. Having both a......Read More