I enjoy reading my teammate’s blog posts because, if you haven’t been able to tell, we have so many different perspectives to add to the same experience. Like our Karaoke-ing. Some of us were first timers, others were seasoned off pitch crooners and a small subsection fell into the lip-syncing category (I would admit that this small subsection put Milli Vanilli to shame (This reference comes from the team’s post-work activities like crossword puzzles. A lot of screaming, stealing seats, finding innovative ways to pile more people on a three person couch are some of the features of our time at the location where no internet can reach us)).
It takes a lot of love(?)/ patience(?) for eight people to live in a house together after working 8 hours a day with each other. The first test for us was spending 24 hours straight in a closed cabin 39,000 ft from the earth’s surface with no exit on our flight from Pittsburgh -> Dallas -> London -> Bangalore. We came out of that journey with inside jokes. Sounds silly, I know, but if you peek into our house after 6PM you will find one person asleep on the couch and seven others rolling around in laughter when not thoroughly engaged by a difficult level crossword (WHAT IS SINGER SUMAC?) or other times everyone working late into the night. Yes, we see a lot of each other but that is what makes the iSTEP experience amazing – the stories, experiences, different skill sets that each individual team member brings to the internship.
I would like to take a few sentences of this post to highlight some of the team member’s unique perspectives. Shown below is a Mumbaikar’s lovely understanding of the rest of India. For anyone reading this post without context, have you seen any maps with a New Yorker’s perspective of America? This is pretty much like that.
I’m sorry for the low resolution of the image. The Internet in general is refusing to let me make this post. All the details are lost in this image but I would like to bring the reader’s attention to the lovely shape of India on this map. Notice that in South India, the age spoken is languages South Indian. The time taken to travel between Chennai and Bangalore is apparently 1 hour. Jammu and Kashmir are bunny ears and Madhya Pradesh (the biggest state in India) is a small dot because apparently, “Nobody cares about Madhya Pradesh”.
Updated: There are multiple other features of this amazing artwork that are all lost in this badly lit image but I hope the reader can appreciate the Mumbaikar Aditya’s perspective on the rest of India.