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Exploring Jaipur

Sijbren, Participant

After coming from rural homestay’s in majkhali – helping our homestay mothers gather hay in the fields, living without running water and quietly contemplating the natural surroundings, the dust and bustle of Jaipur was shocking. For me at......Read More

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The Start of a New Era

Tejas G, Participant

Udaipur: the City of Lakes! The eleventh Bridge Year India cohort has just arrived in their home for the next seven months. After being placed in our homestay, our cultural immersion is accelerating at a rapid rate. We moved into our new families on......Read More

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Jaipur Top 10

Pia DiCenzo, Participant

Jaipur Top 10 Naturals Ice Cream AIIS Hindi class 1860 photographs Old Green Tandoori Dhaba Chicken Hawa Mahal French Toast at Blue Tookai Bargaining for autos Hindi homework on the roof The drinking water at AIIS Hot showers Our week in Jaipur was......Read More

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Preposterous Poems

Sydney Eck, Participant

During our orientation, BYI has seen some pretty amazing things to say the least. But we’ve also come into contact with the intense, challenging, and shocking realities of India and the world at large. When faced with these  concepts, it can......Read More

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Village Values

Tejas G, Participant

Only until you lose something do you truly realize its value. Living in Majkhali with our homestay family was an experience in loss: losing running water, a Western toilet, consistent electricity, air con, and sanitation. But more importantly, I......Read More

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Majkhali Mornings

Anna Pinkerton, Participant

There’s something magical about waking up to the tallest mountain range in the world peeking out from behind clouds. Every morning I stepped out of my room and was met with a brand new version of the Himalayas. Some days, the clouds hung high......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year India 2019-20

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Majkhali: Contemplations

Fernando, Participant

A fire burns over the fields of mud and grain The smell of earthy manure and the humidity of the morning dew settle in the space around me Animals shuffle their way through the gravel roads, ambling side by side with their owners in a show of unity......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year India 2019-20

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Making Magical Memories in Magkahli

Dani, Participant

29 Sept 2019 7:33 pm- Jaipur I am currently processing the wonders of this past week and listening to “I’m a Lady” by Santigold, one of the many songs I’ve just regained access to on account of hotel WiFi. This morning, we arrived by train......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year India 2019-20

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Majkhali or Magic?

Pia DiCenzo, Participant

“If this time last year you told me that I’d be [insert crazy once in a lifetime experience here], I wouldn’t believe you,” was the sentence that characterized last week.  From knitting, to cooking chapatti, to brushing our......Read More

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Contemplating Nature

Sijbren, Participant

After the winding trip to Majkhali, we made our way to the center for the contemplation of nature, a secluded cluster of buildings built on a mountain slope. We met Ajay ji, who founded the center. After eating breakfast, graciously prepared by......Read More

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Some thoughts on Majkhali

Max Widmann, Participant

The old stone farmhouse where Fernando and I were staying in Majkhali certainly felt like a different world. In the mornings, I  would wake up to the smell of cow dung fires and the noises of various farm animals at 5am, be offered chai by my......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year India 2019-20

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Jugar Hindi

Sydney Eck, Participant

After a month in India, my Hindi skills don’t reach much farther than asking someone how they are, telling someone I’m doing fine, or complimenting the food. So going into a homestay where my host mother spoke no English was a bit intimidating......Read More