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This is my blog for the Fall 2009 Principia India abroad which I am apart of. With a group of 17 other students, our professor of Sociology, Sally Steindorf, and a resident counselor and practitioner, Chestnut Booth, we’re mostly delving through northwest India during our 8 week adventure (and education) (see more below picture):

Benjamin Chernivsky

(Check out Principia’s official India abroad website here)

The first 4 weeks we’ll be spending in Udaipur, Rajasthan, with a small portion in a outskirt village called Kothariya, conducting research for our independent research projects to improve our ethnographic skills as sociologists. We’ll also be taking intense Hindi grammar and conversational classes during this time.

After our time in Udaipur, we’ll be trekking throughout a large area of India’s desert and mountainous region near the Pakistan border: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan; Himachal Pradesh; Punjab; and Uttar Pradesh. This portion of the abroad will focus on Indian civilization and history.

As a photographer, I’m working on documenting the abroader’s interaction with India and its environment and people. Before my departure I realized that coming to India would be a visual fest of color and light, so one of my goals was to look beyond its initial aesthetic, to look for a deeper meaning of what our journey means to us.

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to focus on autowalla drivers in Udaipur, the answer to my search for a deeper meaning on this journey. They are a people wide with livelihoods and full of stories about who they are and where they come from.

I’ve also been blessed with a group of 17 students who are sensitive, adventurous, and eager to discover their new family in one another: we laugh, we joke, we think with one another, and we delve into how we can give back to this country that we’re experiencing.

Thanks to Allan Cole for making this blog experience so good looking and usable with his Autofocus theme.  Cheers!

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