We’re almost to the end of our time here in India, and my how the days have flown! Between the heat, tours of ancient ruins and automotive plants, high speed adventures on the India national highway, and elephant sightings, this has certainly been an experience of a lifetime. So here below are my top five highlights from India CAP:
5. The Food
It’s a given. Indian food is amazing! But what’s even more amazing is how much better it tastes here! Don’t be fooled. Your favorite local spot for tikka masala is not the real deal. I mean, nothing takes the cake like authentic Indian cuisine and being in Delhi to eat it—with your hands of course! One of my favorite places is Pindi in Pandara Market. Everything on the menu is superb.
4. Indian Cricket
I am by no far an expert on the game (or even a fan), but being in a stadium packed full of screaming fans is always fun. The sport outing had its own Indian flare–veggie burgers made from spiced potatoes sold in the concession stands and Bollywood music blasted between plays to rouse the crowd.
3. Elections of the 16th Lok Sabha
It was an unprecedented time in world history to be here during the elections of India’s lower house of Parliament, the Lok Sabha—the biggest democratic exercise ever, with over 800 million votes cast. The election results brought a new Prime Minister into office, Narendra Modi, and a sweeping majority for the Bharatiya Janata Party.
2. The Taj Mahal
It goes without saying. The Taj Mahal is breathtakingly beautiful but also serenely divine. We went first thing in the morning and witnessed as the sun illuminated the marble surface of the mausoleum, highlighting all its splendor. There is nothing else like it in this world. To walk the tiles barefoot is a meditation of its own.
1. India CAP Team #3
We’ve had our highs and our lows, our triumphs and our struggles. But after eight weeks filled with early morning Skype calls to India, simulation modeling, PowerPoint slide revisions, laughs, cries, yawns, and sighs, our final presentation is tomorrow. It’s been such a learning experience working for an international client and figuring out how to structure our project to meet his needs. You have to LISTEN, ask lots of questions, and stay positive.