CASI Student Programs Blog

Since 2007, the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania has supported nearly 200 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.

We are waiting for monsoon, a Dilli eclipsed by water. The cool silence after rain washes tears dry. Can it be compared: The pain of holding on in flood, to those held by the nursing motherswho cannot read, cannot move from under shackled rooves?The motion of their mouths swift and blurred like a red eye […]

The pursuit of justice seems to mark my every moment at Penn. I study PPE with a concentration in distributive justice, and take courses that examine the political history, current tensions, and philosophy of global and national liberation movements. I am on the board of the Penn Association for Gender Equity, volunteer for the American […]

“How has Naandi changed your family’s life?”  A broad, and largely obscure question that both Emma and myself have asked almost 20 different coffee farmers and their families. Although we have asked many other questions during our interviews, this one best represents the true meaning of our work here in the Araku Valley. How has […]

It’s now just over the midpoint of my time here in India, and so much has happened that there’s no way I would be able to fit it all in this blogpost! I’ve experienced so many different things in Madurai (both in and out of the office), but I have to admit my favorite moments […]

Arriving in Madurai, I was determined to create a stable schedule in order to find familiarity in the new environment. To my surprise, Madurai was very similar to Guntur – the town I grew up in as a kid. The people, the food, the scents, and the environment all seemed familiar with language being the […]

Living in India has been an experience nothing short of transformative – it has changed how I see people, cultures, work and religion. However, one of the most meaningful changes I have experienced here has been in my relationship with food. Coming from Brazil, I was not introduced to Indian food until 2 years ago […]