India Day 02

We started the exchange proper with a 7am breakfast followed by a briefing by the officials coordinating our program. It was pleasant to know that an allowance will be provided to us though most of our daily necessities have been well taken care of by our host!

The 5 countries involved in this program comprises of Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam and not forgetting the host country, India.

gamusa

A traditional cloth/scarf known as Gamusa in Assam was presented to every participant by students from the Young Indians association.

bus

We shared a bus with the Philippines contingent and both parties being fluent in English made communication and interaction rather straightforward.

convoy

Our convoy consisting of 4 buses in total is accompanied by military personnels who would stop the traffic just to ensure we have a smooth ride to each destination. You can see one officer guiding the traffic for us to pass through. I must say that it says a lot about their concern of our safety and well-being throughout this trip.

As we are heading towards our destination, We found out that today is a public holiday in India where people would visit the temple to worship Lakshmi Puja, otherwise known to be the goddess of Wealth. Our first eye-opening experience is crossing the Saraighat Bridge that links the south and north part of Assam separated by sea.

saraighat-bridge

construction

bridge-building

You can see a lot of construction ongoing as we travel around in Guwahati. There's also a bridge building in progress right beside the Saraighat bridge.

bridge-walk

The bridge is also serves as a form of "link" between the two region even if you are traveling by foot.

cow-street

OH YES! We were able to see a cow on the streets of India, up close and personal. ;)

silk-shop

Sualkuchi-silk

We arrived at the town of Sualkuchi and it is said that silk products that you purchase all around the world is from this very town itself. One cool fact that impressed me was that the silk is harvested from the silk worm without having to kill them during the process. Brilliant!

bicycle-spun

I love how they made use of an existing product, bicycle, in this case and retrofit it to serve as another equipment. It tells us something about their creativity and ability to adapt and improvise upon existing resources. That's not easy and somehow requires a lot of out-of-the-box thinking.

street-of-india

Here's how a street in India is like.

stall

Took a picture of a stall i passed by.

fresh-produce

You can see people selling fresh produce as well. It's more like a "kampung" style where these small businesses are serving the needs of their local community.

e-store

It's purely evident that technology and India has an inseparable relationship.

truck-people

You can see how tough can be here. This truck transporting people across the bridge is extremely packed and i'm pretty sure the ride is an unpleasant one.

group-iit

Singapore Contingent at IIT!

iit-lecture

After lunch, we headed over to India Institute of Technology where a great lecture was given to us by the Dean of Student Affairs. I must that the Dean is forward looking and filled with fresh ideas and well updated. The students are really fortunate to have such great professors guiding them locally.

kbi

The last place for the day is at Don bosco institute where drop-out students are able to pick up relevant skills and join the workforce. I must say that their students put on a great show for us and brought us a truckload of joy and entertainment despite the short 1 hour of interaction. The students are really bright and have the hunger to learn so I am confident that they will be great leaders of India in the future.