2 | Oh, Mumbai, How I Hate Your Milky Sky

On Sunday, the Girls and Science Project hosted U of M’s Society of Women Engineers. In a teeny tiny classroom, over juice boxes and sweet lassi, eight of my students talked rocket science and robots with a handful of grads and undergrads from UMich.  Well, I suppose it wasn’t exactly rocket science, but that is what it felt like to me. What can I say? I’m a pre-med dropout turned anthro major. My languages are English, French, and Hindi–not ‘code.’

But that’s okay! All is well. I, too, was once a Lego-building toddler at one point in my little life. But more importantly, my heart is seasoned in passion. I know the power of inspiration, and I am so glad the girls were able to meet with real women pursuing careers in science.  I hope this get-together inspired the girls as much as it inspired me! Here’s a pic.

On to other news. Melita has recently upgraded me to holding classes all alone. Wowzas. You could say I’m a Big Kid now. (And please do so in the melody we all know so well.) Our students have shown me different personalities when Melita is not around. Not a bad thing, nor good.  Just an observation. They definitely act in accordance with an environment of less authority; I’m only nine years older than the girls, so this makes sense. They goof around more with me. As I stumble over my Hindi, they stumble over their English. Soon enough, the entire classroom is resorting to the default Language of Laughter. You think English is the universal language? Get a multilingual group of girls together, and see which language they use more. (This is not a trick question–The answer is Laughter.) And let’s not forget to mention the simple, straightforward grammatical rules of Laughter. All punctuation? It’s a smile.

Anyway, here are some photos of the girls from each of the two schools in which I am interning. From left to right, we have Abida, Afiya, Neha, Fatima, Afreena, Samaira, Amrita, Swahela, Ashfiya and Munira.


And now, an update on my health as I spend time in one of the dirtiest cities in the world: the food poisoning I mentioned in my previous post is far behind me (thank god.) But now, replacing the food poisoning is a mild cough. Melita says it’s just from the pollution. I really hope so, because TB would not be fun. If I got TB, man… My laughter would be punctuated with coughs, not smiles. Upside down smiley face emoji, am I right?

Okay. That should be good for now. Peace out, fellow interns. I’ll see y’all in a few days for the next episode of my reality TV show (blog), Mumbai Madness!

Bri Yeskey






One thought on “2 | Oh, Mumbai, How I Hate Your Milky Sky

  • June 1, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    This was so entertaining to read! It’s really heartwarming to hear that the girls are able to explore their interests in science and that you were able to see the amount of passion in the room. Also, congratulations on holding classes on your own! It sounds like you’re doing a great job. Hope you feel better soon!


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