CASI Student Programs Blog

Since 2007, the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania has supported nearly 150 students! Welcome to the home base for CASI students and alumni to share their thoughts, reflections, and ongoing learnings about their internships, research projects, and travels in India and beyond.

After surveying 107 patients and sitting down to sift through an excel sheet that seemed to stretch like a desert, I’ve discovered the obvious. Patients that make less money, patients that are less educated, and patients that don’t speak English (attributes correlated with one another) all are less knowledgeable about their disease in the glaucoma […]

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About a week or so ago, I woke up (slowly) for work at Shahi and grabbed my phone for the daily check-notifications, stroll-through-insta morning activities. Instead of the usual Farmville invites, I found myself added to a Facebook message group by Miru, one of my close friends from Penn, with 45 or so other people […]


There’s something awe-inspiring about the mountains that touches everyone universally. Standing at an overlook, I was taken aback by the green abundance and the wispy blue sky; I felt simultaneously tiny and powerful. I was tiny because the valley that spread at my feet contained thousands of people—their stories, fears, and dreams. The view rolled […]

I am not a particularly outgoing or adventurous person by nature. I like to think through all possible outcomes before I make a decision. And although this way of thinking keeps me safe and my actions responsible, it also limits my possibilities. Coming to India alone for 10 weeks was my first big gamble. I […]


I don’t speak Hindi. Even though I’ve picked up a few important phrases since being here, I still have the same apologetic smile when I nod my head and say “Mujhe Hindi nahi athi hai.” The women here usually respond by saying that I should learn Hindi immediately, but more importantly, a larger portion of […]