Evan compares and contrasts the areas she has visited so far.
While Bardoli is a nice place to live, it is not quite what I expected of rural
India. It is more developed than I expected, there are quite a lot of stores and
restaurants, both men and women wear a fair amount of Western clothing, and I
have even seen what appeared to be a white limousine driving around. There also is
not a lot of greenery in the sense of green space and parks, and there is a ton of
construction going on all over the town, too. For the most part, what I’ve seen of
Bardoli is filled with buildings and homes and not a lot of nature and farmland like I
On Sunday July 5th, Sarah, Tom, Sonia, and I made our first trip outside of
Bardoli to Kadod and the village of Kosadi. The bus ride to Kadod was pleasant and
all the farmland, picturesque greenery, and nature that we passed by on the way
was like a breath of fresh air. In comparison to Bardoli, Kadod seemed small and
quaint, most places you would need to go were within easy walking distance. After
interviewing one of the 2015 scholars, we headed to Kosadi, which is a much
smaller village. Almost immediately, we stumbled upon these photogenic cuties.
After ooh-ing and ah-ing over their adorableness, we carried on with our task of interviewing the two NEF
Scholars who live in Kosadi, Devi and Jashmila. We were dropped off at a central location in the village where
Devi met us and walked us back to her house. As we walked through the village looking like a funny sort of
procession, village residents and children kept asking Devi what was going on. She
told them, and we carried on. I am sure we seemed to be quite the spectacle though
to them. We got to see Devi’s house and the house of the other NEF Scholar Jashmila
who lived right next door. Both of their houses were traditional houses made of
mud, which I really enjoyed seeing because I had never seen one before in person.
After we finished Devi and Jashmila’s interviews, they showed us the Tapi
River that was located down a steep hill behind their house. The view was quite
lovely, and I have to say was more of what I imagined India to look like, utterly
charming. Thus far, traveling to the villages and getting to see the girls in their
homes has been my favorite aspect of the intern experience. It is more of what I
imagined the heart of India to be like. I’m excited to continue traveling and visiting
scholars at their homes and can’t wait to see more of beautiful India!