As the blog posts start winding down and the students start wrapping up their journey, Meltem Acik provides us with some insightful philosophic ponderings on India's monsoon season and how the locals deal with the rain.
Jaya Punjabi finds life lessons while interning at the Bombay Stock Exchange, reflecting on how the people around her have impacted her Indian journey so far.
Bachelor of Arts student at Deakin University, Karen Robson, finds her rhythm in Mumbai while interning with Neosoft Technologies.
The Australia India Internship Program’s “Passage to India” Blog continues with Monash University Masters in Development student Patrick Naughtin’s experiences working with the education NGO ‘Atma’ in Mumbai.
Pharmacy Masters Student Alexander Dare from The University of Western Australia is one of the 20 young Australians working in Mumbai under the A.I.I-Federal Department of Innovation's Australia-India internship program. Here, he reflects on working at CIPLA, a major Indian pharmaceuticals manufacturer in Mumbai.
At the halfway point of his India internship, University of Sydney Masters student in International Business and Law, Matthew Benjamin sees Mumbai through the lens of his professional and personal experiences, but also in the context of the larger forces shaping our region in the “Asian Century”.
The Australia-India Internship Program 2013 Blog continues. Macquarie University’s Raphael Geraghty tells of the thrill of working with one of the world’s top ten technology firms, and what a ban on personal laptops and USB flash drives at the office tells us about India’s corporate culture.
To begin the series, Melbourne University student Giselle Pinto shares her expectations for the program and her personal ties to Mumbai. "We have arrived in India! Twenty bright-eyed Australian students who’ve landed in Mumbai mid-monsoon will spend the next month living and working with partner organisations as part of the Australia India Internship program."
With Delhi dubbed the rape capital of the world, you can imagine my surprise at not being sexually harassed, mauled, fondled, or called lewd names immediately on arrival. Indeed, I did not feel much threatened by the lascivious male gaze. Sure, sleek young men would occasionally take photos of me on their mobile phones at public places such as the Red Fort. Some would even be courteous enough to shyly ask beforehand for permission. I took to disappointing them by flashing my wedding ring (fake) and invoking the wrath of my husband (imaginary) at strangers photographing me. Really, the most ill-intent I felt was not from men but from the street-side monkeys, who would look me up and down with scorn and contempt before making little jumps in my direction, just to tease me.
A passing first-time visitor from Mars, given a lot of (somewhat selective and approximate) socio-economic data, can be forgiven for presuming Australia to be a Nordic country, just a lot more closer to the South Pole. Think about it: Total population in the 25 million range, mostly living in cities (80-90% levels), total GDP of about US$ 1.5 trillion, unemployment levels around 6%, public sector employment around 30%, high individual tax rates (top-end % in the high-40s to 50s) and reasonably high public spending as a proportion of GDP (in the 40 – 50% levels). Who are we talking about? Could be the foursome of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark (taken together) or it could be Australia.