Karkala: Cashews in the Making

This past Friday our field visit took us to learn about the occupational hazards that face workers in the cashew industry in South India, with special attention paid to issues regarding contact dermatitis. This factory is one of the largest in the area, with Karkala housing 10 cashew factories. It is the largest exporter to numerous countries … Continue reading

Udupi: Exploring TB and HIV/AIDS Treatment

Last Friday our field visit took us into the Udupi District Hospital. There we talked with officials about TB and HIV/AIDS treatment in India, and we were able to observe the treatment services in action. First we visited the Directly Observed Treatment Short (DOTS) course Center. The program has set-up such that each patient has … Continue reading

Koppa: Tea Time at Upasi

The morning after Halloween (which was a Wednesday this year) was a holiday so we headed over to Koppa to visit the Upasi Tea and Research Foundation! We drove in the bus down the familiar highway, past the Agumbe Rainforest…it was about a two and a half to three hour drive (but I slept the … Continue reading

Agumbe: Diversity Conserved

This past Saturday we visited the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. After a winding path up the mountains (in the same direction we went to Jog Falls), and a hidden bumpy narrow path, we finally found the research station tucked away in the forest. While the rainforest covers only 6% of the landmass of India in … Continue reading

Udupi: Pasteurization in Process

Two Friday’s ago our weekly field visit took us to a pasteurization plant! Milk is an essential part of the diet, but contaminated milk can be a vector of disease. We toured the plant (but couldn’t take pictures of the process line), which is only about 20 minutes away from Manipal University. The plant runs continuously with … Continue reading

Manipal: Learning Classical Bharatanatyam

Friday marked the start of my Baratanatyam dance training…well twice a week for the next month and a half. Actual dancers will train for 14 to 15 years to complete dance training. I’m very excited to finally be taking a classical dance class and paired with yoga, my body is certainly getting a good workout … Continue reading

Malpe Fishing Industry: Fishing for Export

This past Saturday we took a trip to the Malpe fishing docks to catch a glimpse at the fishing industry. The air was thick with the smell of the new catch and the dock was wet and black with cuttlefish ink…but it was interesting to look at the hectic scene and know that it is … Continue reading

Karkala and Moodabidri: Jainism Explored

The trip for our Contemporary Indian Society class, to Karkala and Moodabidri were stunning. It was exactly what I had wanted to see when I was going to India. Here is some context and pictures for the sites! We first visited Karkala, a town just 30km from Udupi (where Manipal is located). There we first … Continue reading

Manipal: Happy Onam!

Two weeks ago there was an Onam Celebration on campus, there were a variety of activities going on to celebrate culture – as Onam is traditionally the new year’s celebration in Kerala. I found all of this out, while walking to the library and encountering this on the ground. It was so beautiful that I … Continue reading

Manipal and a Trip to Mangalore and Udupi

Here’s a little bit of an update on this past week! We had our first week of classes, and its nice to get into a rhythm again… Can something be more fun than class?! We went to Fun Fest this week to check that hypothesis. “Fun Fest” was organized by students to keep the culture … Continue reading