Over the past two weeks I have met some incredible people and seen some incredible things. But as was noted in my first blog post, it is difficult not to feel frustrated by the inequality and hierarchal structure deeply ingrained in Indian culture.
One of the first observations that can be made of India is how populated it is. 1.25 billion people live here yet the country is relatively small geographically – the USA is more than three times larger in land mass but four times smaller in population.
If there is one thing that unites Britain, it is our universal frustration with the weather. Summer never visits us for long so when it does we tend to go mad for it – we forget about work and hit the beach, let ourselves burn and eat a load of ice cream.
Out of the ten of us I am the only one who is fortunate enough to be visiting India for the second time in my life. A little under two years ago I was here working for an Indian charity engaging in ’employability training’ workshops in universities across the country, in Shimla (North), Bhubaneswar (East), and Bangalore (South), but nowhere in the West – until now.