Manipal: Indian Thanksgiving

As an American, Thanksgiving is just a natural part of life, the beginning of the holiday season, a time for family and friends. I didn’t realize until I was abroad for Thanksgiving, how uniquely American it really is. Not that I would have expected any different, but it was odd to see my friends updating … Continue reading

Manipal: The Festival of Lights

The weekend trip to Goa and Gokarna was absolutely amazing but as they are mainly tourist destinations, there were not really any Diwali celebrations. For anyone unfamiliar with Diwali in India, it is socially acceptable time to develop pyrotechnic tendancies. Groups of students spent thousands of rupees on fireworks and then gather around and set them off … Continue reading


Last week our study abroad celebrated Halloween in typical American fashion, dressing up and hanging out with friends. Halloween celebrations have definitely been on the rise in recent years in India, though not to the same extent as in the US. It was strange not to see the pumpkins, witches, spiderwebs and hay decorating all … Continue reading

Manipal: Dandiya Dancing the Night Away!

After returning from the Rainforest it was time to get ready for festival on KMC greens. I walked by and saw a huge tented an gated structure, and it only reinforced the desire and the excitement for Dhol Baje later that evening. I got ready and in typical Indian fashion (oh no, it’s starting to catch … Continue reading

Deepak Common: The Hanging Bridge

This past Wednesday I visited “the hanging bridge” with two of my friends. This hanging bridge, built in 1991, rests over the Manipal Delta and connects two villages – Padukudru to Thimmannakudru. It was quite the adventure to find, and we even ran into the ocean before we came to the bridge. We were able … Continue reading

Kudremukh National Park: Kingdom of Clouds

While Kudremukh literally means “horse’s face” –  and there is a hillside that looks vaguely like a horse, another blogger called it a Kingdom of Clouds, and that is really the best way to describe it. We were supposed to go to a tea plantation this past weekend, but due to a scheduling error we … 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

Only the Beginning

I was overwhelmed at first. I am not too proud to admit that…and through my first few weeks, filled to the brim, I have encountered enough cultural nuances and subtleties to write a blog…oh wait. Below I’ve listed some of the main observations that I’ve encountered. The University is gorgeous. When I say that I … Continue reading