elijahcantrell, January 25th, 2016
My India experience will be one that I will never forget. From the crazy way they drive to the way they bobble their heads, India will forever be engraved in my heart and mind.
Being that this was my first time out of the country, there was no way of knowing what type of experience I was about to embark on. I mean, yes, I’ve talked to others who have traveled abroad. I even talked to a few that have traveled to India, but no matter the length of the story, the detail, or even the over the top sound effects one may place there is nothing that compares to actually visiting India in person.
Before departing for India with (then) 21 other strangers, I had this weird perception that I would be lost in this enormous country to just take in the sights alone. To try and figure out answers to the one hundred and one questions I had. Little did I know, is that all 23 of us (including Dr. Gaspar) would become sort of a little family. We took on everything all the cities had to offer, from New Delhi to Mysore. We stuck together like glue while riding the little tut-tuts, poising for the natives, and even playing endless games on our many bus adventures. The lack of phone service may or may not played a huge role in our quality time, but it is something that I am extremely grateful for. I got the opportunity to really bond with most of them over the 2- weeks we were abroad.
Apart from all the fun exploring, we had plenty of time to learn about the actual business environment of India. We visited a number of businesses while we were there, as well as, our partner institutions. We had got first hand experience of how business may have to implement some very unique business models in order to accommodate not only the lucrative market that is India, but also combat many obstacles within each and every state of the same country in which they conduct their business. I really felt as if each business had something very unique about them, which allowed them to thrive, or even establish a presence in India. The total business environment of India (in my opinion) is extremely hostile. It seems as if you have secure a business strategy that not only works for your company, but also deal with countless external factors such as; power outages, huge infrastructure problems as it deals with transporting goods, and well being of their workers.
After coming back home from my adventurous abroad, I already knew I would get the typical questions like, “How was the trip? What did you like/dislike? Did you ride an elephant? Did you like the food?” The last questions being my personal favorite. It is really hard to explain the unique taste of some of the dishes, that was prepared, but all in all they were to die for.
If I had to recommend this trip to anyone else, I would do it in a heartbeat. You just do not go and visit India. You really go and experience India. That is something that may sound a bit strange to some, but for those that have made it from New Delhi to Mysore and back, will completely understand where I am coming from. (Masala)
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