Tarangire National Park: Monday, February 4th

After waking up from a vivid dream about Liam and his family converting their house into a Starbucks cafe. I woke up in a healthy daze and stumbled downstairs with aching knees for a quick breakfast. Then Hans, the safari Jeep driver, and Brain, the owner of Dahila Tours, took us by Jeep to a supermarket to withdraw cash and pay for the day’s events. … Continue reading Tarangire National Park: Monday, February 4th

Reflecting on Being 27

Looking back on the past year, when I was 27, it has been a step forward regarding career and relationships. I remember at my high school prom a Jesus-looking young gun raised a toast and said, “ A step not towards love is a step well wasted”. That was too profound for high schoolers – but lets trace my steps when I was 27. 27 … Continue reading Reflecting on Being 27

IEDP Blog: Lessons Learned in the 1st Month

Three important thoughts during the first month My advisor: The most educational part of the work-experience is the fact that my advisor understands and communicates that this internship is a part of my education, a large investment of time and money on my behalf, and that internships are rare experiential learning opportunities. My manager reminded me, “We have internships to turn you into a better … Continue reading IEDP Blog: Lessons Learned in the 1st Month

The Small Stories in Cambodia.

In June 2014, I spent roughly a week and a half in Cambodia. This was after visiting family in Turkey and before I moved to Vietnam. Memories from this trip are both scattered and vivid. Because my memory is hazy, I seem to just appear places already doing something. The way we appear in dreams already doing something, with no idea how we got there. … Continue reading The Small Stories in Cambodia.

Transitions to Marketization: Vietnam and Poland

  Executive Summary The following essay focuses on the challenges and successes of Vietnam’s higher education system since marketization in 1986. The essay explores the initial reforms, demands, and requirements of the knowledge economy on modern Vietnam. The essay draws on the experience of Poland’s post-soviet marketization to offer strategies of public-fees, expansion of the private sector, and loan incentives. The essay will justify how … Continue reading Transitions to Marketization: Vietnam and Poland

Lessons from Singapore’s Global Schoolhouse

The following paper explores the motives, policies, and impact of the initial 2002-2011 phase of Singapore’s hub building Global Schoolhouse strategy (GSH) . It examines the economic, labor-market, and demographic concerns that motivated the Singaporean government to aggressively internationalize higher education. The paper argues that the political backlash that forced the Singaporean government to de-internationalize GSH’s targets has also been the catalyst for a firmer … Continue reading Lessons from Singapore’s Global Schoolhouse

The Ninjas of Harvest Season

The Harsh Season, the frugal months before the harvest, ended in late September. The season closed with troops of skinny men wearing hand-me-down Disney t-shirts wrapped around their faces like “Arabian ninjas” appearing in town. The men, from the surrounding barangays, poured into the fields on makeshift tractors and hired pick-up trucks like a helpful militia of honest days’ workers. They must reap, thresh, and … Continue reading The Ninjas of Harvest Season

Social Media and Free Speech

One of the unique conundrums of social media business is the weak entry/exit barriers. It is almost impossible for an existing social media firm to prevent a competitor from entering the market. This inability is the reason you have at least three messenger apps. This melee drove Facebook’s purchase of Whatsapp, Instagram, and forty-four other firms to stay king of the hill. But it is … Continue reading Social Media and Free Speech

Meet Megashree

This is Parikrma’s star pupil. Megashree, who lives in a girls relief home, is one of the school’s most driven students. Megashree left her home optionally because her family was hindering her education. That is an enormous step to take for a poor girl from a conservative family.  However, just because she is poor doesn’t mean that she must think poorly. Megashree also won a … Continue reading Meet Megashree

Meet Prabaka

  This is my friend Prabaka. Prabaka is a 17 year old boy from Manipur, India. Manipur is a small region that falls next to the Myanmari border. Prabaka speaks English, Kannada, Hindi, Manipuri, and a village language. He grew up in Manipur with his mother, uncle, grandmother, and younger brother Tomba. Prabaka’s family sells fish on the roadside. At the age of fourteen Prabaka, … Continue reading Meet Prabaka

The Comfort Zone

One of the reasons that my writing became infrequent is because I gradually formed a comfort zone. I guess it is human nature to craft a comfort zone out of any situation. This nature probably leads to extremes like Stockholm syndrome and missing prison. Although many foreign writings about India focus on the initial shock, for the finches that do adapt / survive there is … Continue reading The Comfort Zone

The Maharaja of Delhi Sri Sriharsh

I arrived at the Delhi domestic terminal after a breezy flight from Bangalore. I had to wait over an hour for my friend the Maharaja SriHarsh to arrive. Waiting on a bench looking over the baggage claim I experienced India’s pageantry. The first plane arrived from Kashmir, I saw men and women with heavy winter blankets tossed over their shoulders, rustic Muslim breads and veils … Continue reading The Maharaja of Delhi Sri Sriharsh

Intercaste Love Story

I picked up a copy of the magazine Brahmin Today: What Every Brahim Should Read No Matter Where They Are. The caste system is a difficult part of Indian society. Conversion to Islam, Buddhism, or Christianity gets you out of it, but then promptly corners you into a minority. My students with their brilliance and brilliant smiles all come from the lowest and untouchable castes.  … Continue reading Intercaste Love Story

Dec 25th to Jan. 7th: Catch up

I havent been able to write in the last twelve days, because I am been a bit busy. The major thing that I did was visit with Rebecca in both Chennai and Bangalore. In Tamil Nadu Becca and I visited a model organic farm for twenty-four pleasant hours. We ate food cooked over a wood-fire stove, climbed in the surrounding hills, and observed nice in … Continue reading Dec 25th to Jan. 7th: Catch up

2014: India, Nepal, and Beyondistan

I learned wonderful lessons in 2013. I think that I inspired a few good things too. I measure myself by the good I inspire in others. During Summer 2012, I helped a Nepalese friend research Australian Immigration. He was unable to emigrate, but he took the things we learned and gave them to his son. Now his son is a student at an Australian University. … Continue reading 2014: India, Nepal, and Beyondistan

Goa: Cows on the Beach

Goa: Cows at the Beach Goa is the smallest state in India. The state was a Portuguese colony until 196 when India invaded in a bloodless repatriation. The area was a haven for hippies, trance music ravers, and now a vacation destination for young beautiful Russians. The vendors speak Russian and English. The menus at the restaurants are also in Russian. Russian women are very … Continue reading Goa: Cows on the Beach

December 17th: On Adaptation

Visitors to India rarely say anything positive about Indian roads. At anytime the roads could have a zoo of animals and small children practicing ballet along the road. Overstuffed garbage trucks hang a tail of swerving motorists who trail behind dodging the falling excess. There are no rules. Without rules for people to depend on to create a functioning norm people are dependent on their … Continue reading December 17th: On Adaptation