Today – our fifth day, and halfway through our Learning Expedition – we left Chennai for a flight to Delhi, and then a bus trip on to Agra. The Chennai leg of the 2012 LE didn’t disappoint – the variety of experiences from the company visits, the cultural tours, even the food (maybe for this group, especially the food!), have been an education: eye-opening, thought-provoking and rich.
For me this experience has been as much about the people as the places – the warmth of hosts has been so amazing, and our wonderful guides, Mahesh and Prasad, make us feel so taken care of! But I also value the opportunity to get to know a group of second-year students better, and to share this experience with them. And I cannot forget the alums! How truly special it was to see Ravi and Vishala after quite a few years (we will not tell how many!), and Jayakanth and Arun again – so soon, and in their home country. Having dinner with four alums in Chennai, and looking forward to seeing a handful more in Delhi in the next few days, is a wonderful benefit of the LE.
Tomorrow will be an amazing, once in a lifetime experience: the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and then a village visit. I don’t know if it will be the highlight of the LE for me – I’m not sure I can compare this day to the insight of Kumar Ramanathan’s presentation of marketing Vodafone in India, the tour of the TI Cycles manufacturing facilities, or experiencing the beauty and serenity of the Kalashetra dance academy. Everything has been so uniquely different, and so uniquely rewarding. I look forward to the next five days!