About eight months ago now, Aparna (the Associate Director of CASI Student Programs) asked us to write blogs during our time at our internships. The last blog, she told us, was to be written after our return home from India. Although it’s been a long while since I’ve said my (temporary) goodbyes to India, I’ve […]

A couple days ago, I skyped a friend of mine who is currently in India. As we were catching up, she described a recent work trip she went on, where she visited several Indian monuments and heritage sites. As most people who have visited these monuments know, entrance tickets often have a foreigner price and […]

Yesterday, August 15th, was India’s 70th Independence Day. While it is time for much celebration across the nation (and for diaspora, outside the nation), in recent years it has also been a time of much reflection for me. For example, my newsfeed yesterday was filled quite a bit with friends sharing messages on the traumas […]

In the past, visiting and spending time in India for me has always meant being the “least Indian” one in any given group. Whether it was with family or at previous workplaces, I never consciously realized how American I always was in comparison to my Indian family or co-workers. If I just recently started to […]

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 […]

“No, but actually, do you?” This question and its variation is something I have heard too often in America. It is especially targeted at my parents, who speak perfect English, but quite often Americans defer to me at restaurants, stores, and cafes instead of speaking to them. I am the Indian-accent free, supposedly less foreign […]

Hi CASI! My name is Meghana and I am a rising junior in the College. I am double majoring in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. I will be interning at Shahi Exports this summer. Shahi is an integrated textile manufacturing company, and a majority (~70%) of the workers […]