India Summer 2016: Day 2 – Getting Into Bangalore

In 2016 we are leading 4 high school summer trips. You can read all about our Global Innovators trips or get in touch to ask us any questions about the programs. Our 2016 India trip focuses on global healthcare, technology, and innovation. During the trip, students take turns writing a daily blog post to describe their project process and exploration, follow along here. On the second day of our trip we dove headfirst into the Indian experience and did a plethora of interesting things – we saw chillies, ate chillies, we successfully crossed roads amidst all the chaos, some of us dared to try using squat toilets, and we even saw men dressed as Gods. Our day started early, as we embarked sleepy eyed onto a journey to explore Bangalore. Our guide, Arjun, took us through a crowded marketplace, periodically stopping to explain the workings of the market and describing things we saw. We learnt that the script of Kannada, the language used in Bangalore, is curvy because they originally wrote it on palm leaves, which would tear if straight lines were inscribed on them.

After a delicious South Indian breakfast, we visited a flower market. Leading upto the flower market were towering heaps of colours, overflowing sacks of chillies and spices, and rows and rows of pots. These led all the way inside the flower market until the scene was replaced by a variety of flowers in popping colours, their smells wafting around the building. For lunch we had a South Indian thaali, which give us the opportunity to try 37 delicacies of South Indian cuisine, all in one meal.

Our evening was occupied by our very first design session, which set the cogs in our brains working. We worked in pairs to devise an idea that would help the our partners eat healthy. From daily schedules to full fledged apps, several ideas were debated upon. This activity taught us how to go about working on an idea and refining it, and also that “design” essentially means solving a problem creatively.

Walking amongst gods and cows alike, we had several memorable moments of the day, but I think the 37-item meal will remain forever etched in our memories.