Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last week in Ludhiana!

The program that we will be presenting is the Balika Shikshanam program (girl education in Hindi).  More about the program in my last post.

Quick commentary on naming: We learned that a lot of people in India first think about the Sanskrit translation (the classical language of Hinduism) of a certain meaning to name their children.  Rajeev mentioned that he went through the same process to come up with our program name, so the program has a more formal name rather than a literal Hindi translation.  I thought this was a very culturally appropriate nuance!
Company sign outside the plant
During our last week, we visited another family and a school to understand costs of education.  We also gave each family we visited a framed picture of our visit to their home - they were all very excited! 
Presenting an employee with a framed picture from our home visit
 Most of our week was spent preparing for the final presentation and compiling the final report, but we did attend a hotel sponsored goodbye dinner with the regional manager of our hotel chain, which was very nice and generous of the hotel. 

With the regional manager of our hotel at the hotel dinner
 We also got a chance to walk around the plant again to take some pictures (see below).  We could feel the heat from the hot steel and was surrounding by lots of loud machines - such an active environment to be in!
Workers moving the steel to another rolling machine
Where they size the steel
Quality control checking out steel samples
Finished goods ready for transport

 Word of the day: chalo - let's go

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