Sunday, June 17, 2007

One year in India

I have been in India for more than a year (four months in 2005 and the past eight months). Time for some retrospection!

In December 2004, I had to choose my Erasmus (exchange student program) destination. I was quite interested in going to Asia even if I had never heard of any of the Asian universities mentioned on the list. The country definitely prevailed on the brandname. In order to decide on my destination, I sent a few emails to my seniors. I received prompt replies, some positive, some highly negative…


The night preceding the final decision, I dreamt of rats (the rat scene in Orwell’s 1984).

In August 2005, I was on my way to India. I spent four months at IIMB, returned to my country to finish my studies and went back to India in September 2006.

Indians frequently ask me how I like India. First of all, it is an absurd question as India is huge and diverse. Then, no country is good or bad. There are things which I like and others which I dislike.

All in all, I had an incredible time in India and met wonderful people. It was an amazing learning experience including both positive and negative situations. Back in 2004, I would clearly take the same decision… The question is…

…Is it worth prolonging the experience as I still have so much to discover in other parts of the globe?

36 comments:

naruvimama said...

There is a difference in attitude towards education among the western and Indian students. Probably because Indian consider thier grades to be priority 1. And again most of them learn to beat the system, like in preparing for an exam (memorising the most probable passages from the text). "They are the top one percentile in the country,in an exam which is taken by almost 200000 students." then again a difference in attitude I don't think most european students will spend their Undergreaduate years preparing for CAT and ignoring their major.

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wow!!! India!! amazing!!! but isn't Erasmus only for Europe? i was in Turkey 1 year with Erasmus...

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Stay. You've found a place that you love. Why travel elsewhere for the same thing?

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Ved from Victoria Institutions said...

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Indian languages are terribly feudal. Yet, I suspect no one in the IIM informed you of this great secret. For, if it becomes known, they will get kicked out of all English nations.

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