So. Where to begin?
Here I am in Mumbai with two days of interning and three days of food poisoning in the books! It feels strange to be back in India. Last summer, I spent eight weeks backpacking this beautiful country. I am trying to imagine what it will be like to stay in one place this time around, but I have found it quite difficult to conjure up an image in my mind. It all feels just so… overwhelming. Even exhausting. Mumbai is full power crazy. Traffic. Pollution. People. So many people. So much sun. Too much sun. Trying to wrap my head around the fact that I am not here to travel this summer; I am here to intern. I am here to do good work. This requires a different approach, one of which will produce different interactions between myself, my work, and Mumbai.
The first two days of interning were spent getting to know my boss, Melita, as well as getting familiarized with the work sites–two primary schools (one Muslim, one I believe is unaffiliated?), a Catholic church, TATA Institute of Social Sciences, and a corporate, air-conditioned, high-rise office (the cubicle type). So much to take in. So much juxtaposition. Mumbai in two words? So much.
Tomorrow Melita and I will be hosting a workshop for the girls we are teaching computer programming to. We will be hosting the Society of Women Engineers at the two schools in hopes of inspiring the girls to pursue math and science. A little inspiration never hurt. I am excited to get to know the girls more, and I really hope the Girls and Science Project helps them to see their true potential as intelligent and valuable humans.
Alright. The heat is getting to me again. Fingers are literally sweating on the keyboard.
Until next week!