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Journal - India (Week 2)

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

The following content is from the journal I kept during my internship with UNICEF. It documents my reflections during a field trip to India in 2006.


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Second week: June 19-24

Welcome to the Development World


Did you find anything different? If you have been to India, you would know you cannot walk a road without experiencing the consistent and loud honking from everywhere.


“Indians honk too much!” I complained,

“Why are your people not patient? Why are they unnecessarily honking?”


If you had the same complaint that I did, can you find anything different in the picture?

Found it?

There are no rear view mirrors.

People have to honk to signal their intentions to change lanes or pass other cars. Surprisingly, honking has served the purpose of safe driving when driving a car without mirrors or driving on roads without light signals.


If we judge what is going on in the developing countries with our narrowly schemed eyes, our judgment would be purely out of context.


What is Development Work?

Development work starts with heat, constant sweating, diarrhea, filthy toilets, frequent power outages, and not being able to be connected with the outside world.


I used to go to saunas in my country, Korea. Last night, I felt like I was in a sauna without an exit.


My Brand New APPLE


My brand new, cutting edge iMac is especially useful during the blackout. It’s a good substitute for a candle.





Plan


Our team planned to work at night. But we did not know that our plan largely depended on the availability of electricity.


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