Monthly Archives: August 2014

Beautiful Chaos

Since it is impossible to capture the awe inspiring experience of Teej Festival at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal last Thursday in just one picture or blog post, I created a photo story to document one of my most amazing memories of the summer! I hope that my photos capture at least a small… Read more »

Hello again!!

Hello, everyone!! I have safely arrived in Nepal, to begin the last continent of my journey. I sincerely apologize for the lack of blog posts over the last few weeks. Between a broken laptop and virtually nonexistent internet access in rural Uganda, it was impossible to stay caught up. Luckily, I have plenty of posts… Read more »

24/7 kirtan

I confess that I’m writing this post a few weeks later than I should have. I’m currently in New Delhi, so my usual access to pictures via Canadian television and the internet is severely limited. One of the distinctive markers of growing up with Punjabi culture was the gray or black radio in nearly every… Read more »

A Weekend at a Village

Monday August 11 I have just returned from my last weekend here in Senegal, the best weekend I have had on the trip and one of the most interesting weekends of my life. For the last three days, I accompanied my research assistant, Macodou, to his hometown city, Thiès, and then to his mother’s hometown… Read more »

The Game of Politics. The Hope of Youth.

Thursday August 7  In my last post, I laid out several challenges that I have faced during my surveying such as respondents’ lack of time, willingness, or the appropriate qualifications. After the last couple days of surveying, those negatives hold true but the positives have become more apparent. Several times, people have complimented me on… Read more »

Fieldwork Update: Pikine

MONDAY AUGUST 4 After another week of surveying youth in neighborhoods, I have thus far collected 57 responses. The most recent area I surveyed is Pikine, a sprawling and populous suburb of Dakar that holds about 800,000 people. Although clearly neglected and desolate in several areas, Pikine also has a charm of youth and community…. Read more »

Farming toward health

While in Rwanda, I had the chance to visit two organizations that are using agricultural programs to improve health and livelihood around the country. The first organization One Acre Fund, known by it’s local name Tubura in Rwanda, is located in western Rwanda, in the beautiful district of Kibuye that lies on Lake Kivu. They… Read more »

a bit about me

I’m back in my apartment in Evanston, slouching more than I should. I leave for a semester in India in a week. My visa is all in order, my flights all booked, and the thing I’m most anxious about is missing football season. But enough about me. My research on the Punjabi YouTubers of Toronto… Read more »

The Land of a Thousand Hills

 This is about our past and our future; Our nightmares and our dreams; Our fear and our hope; Which is why we begin where we end… With the country we love. After a long flight from Brussels last week, I landed safely in Kigali, Rwanda, ready to begin exploring the next continent on my journey. I was… Read more »