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Princeton Novogratz Bridge Year India 2019-20

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The Snack Scale

Pia DiCenzo, Participant

When you live in a homestay family as outgoing as mine, you quickly become acquainted with the customs of visiting and hosting friends, relatives, neighbors, and just about anyone else whose gate you can open.  This was especially true on Diwali.......Read More

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Blue City Magic

Fernando Aviles Garcia, Participant

“Hold on, I can’t find my wallet!” Oh no, I thought to myself. This is quite the way to start our Jodhpur excursion. With a feeling of hopeful anxiety, I joined Tejas in his frantic search for the misplaced wallet. “Is it in the bag?”......Read More

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Diwali

Sijbren, Participant

There was a knocking at the temple doors. The wood was bulging and everyone stepped back in anticipation. Crack! The doors burst open and a stream of enraged bulls, shoulder-to-shoulder, came tearing down the hill and into the street. It was......Read More

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Pyarse

Sydney Eck, Participant

Sweat drips off my nose onto the just tilled soil of the Shikshantar kitchen garden. The temperature is hovering just above 90 degrees Fahrenheit while the Rajastani desert sun beats down from a cloudless sky. The picturesque garden and its short,......Read More

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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