6. Everything counts as data – B
Because of the culture shock I was stunned at the beginning and didn’t notice as much as I should. Initally, there was so much to take in I wasn’t noticing the small stuff. I really enjoyed, and found great insight, from the candid talk Madan (our tour guide) gave us about the circumstances of his marriage.
7. Ask questions fairly – A
I felt our questions were fair and on point, most of the time. If nothing else, our curiosity was on display.
8. Probe positively – A
Our questions were never in the negative. We were never confrontational, and most people were mindful of the favor being done to talk to us in the first place.
9. Don’t change what you’re watching – B
Other than our presence stopping the action, we didn’t disrupt the flow of anyone’s daily life. In fact, our view from the bus gave us an autonomous perch to observe from without drawing too much attention. (except for the word “TOURIST” across the front)
10. Take good notes – B
My notes were fragmented, but so were my thoughts. I documented what I could in pictures and videos, but the best notes, that I’ll never lose are in my memories. Looking through the pictures I can go back to the places we visited and almost feel the atmosphere. Along with my own notes and memories I’ve got this blog to remind me of the people and the essence of India.
In the end, I learned more from the Indian people than I could ever repay. Life lessons on what’s important, what to fight for, quality in art, and most of all I took away the realization that there can be uninterupted peace in an extremly busy world.
Overall, I’d give myself an A++.
It’s my blog, would you expect any less?