• Exchange and Me

    Contributed By: Hari Eswar During the exchange, someone described the whole thing quoting the Khalid song as “Young, Dumb and Broke”. I thought it was the aptest way to describe this complex emotion you feel while there on Exchange, trying to figure out how to navigate your way back to your host university via the cheapest possible route. I was in Grenoble, a town in the southwest region of France, conveniently situated in the plains between the alps. When I went there for the first time, the beauty of the town was overwhelming – but I had my doubts and reservations about Exchange. I was not sure how I was…

  • Exchange Diaries: A Japanese Student’s Perspective

    Contributed By: Miho Tanaka Edited By: Anirudh Agrawal My name is Miho Tanaka and I am an exchange student from the International University of Japan. I am the only Japanese student at IIM Bangalore. It has been a month since I came to India and I had an amazing time with plenty of pleasant surprises. First of all, the biggest thing I was surprised to see was the rapid pace at which India has developed in the past few years. I had visited India seven years ago and had travelled alone to Taj Mahal, New Delhi, Kolkata, Ganges River, Mumbai and Bangalore. Things were different back then. Earlier, the auto-rickshaw…

  • Message to an unconvinced European friend- Why India?

    As students brought up in Europe all their lives, we’ve always dreamt of exploring the unknown in our world. Back home in Europe, India is especially perceived as an exotic, mysterious and chaotic country that embraces such a different and beautiful culture. Despite all the research you can do about the country, you can never understand the real feel of India without experiencing it in loco! Coming to India was not a travel experience, it was a long and strong desire; a deep dream for an exciting adventure. And let me tell you, here your expectations are easily exceeded! So, what can you do in India? Well, there are fascinating…