My fellowship with AIF has been such an amazing experience. I am learning both at professional front as well as personal font. When I first learnt I would be located in Kolkata I had a sense of comfortness and familiarity as I had visited the city during my college days.
I was aah I know all about Kolkata, but my interaction with co – fellows during orientation helped me zoom out my outlook of the city I would be in for 10 months. The curiosity, excitement of my American fellows to experience India culture, food and their inquisitive questions of India energized me to explore and discover my Indian culture consciously. By the time my co fellows asked me “are you excited to be in Kolkata I just blurted out Yeah am gonna be tourist in my own Country “.
Here I am sharing the moments and places I have traveled being AIF fellow and working with switch on:
I had never seen jute plant in my life so I was thrilled to see it but oops it smells like awful.:-)
I visited a village in Nadia district which is close to Bangladesh. I learnt there is train direct from Kolkata to Bangladesh and I am already dreaming myself on the train right now.
I spent a night in the historical indigo cottage more than 30 years where switch on has their solar learning center.
I had an amazing boat ride on Ganges to Belur math and had a spiritual experience
I had an awesome time with big boi Andrew, Laura and Ilana while visiting kumortuli which is famous for artisans making Durga idols.