India Day 4: Public Speaking and Bargain Hunting

It’s our fourth day eating from the same breakfast menu but it’s as delicious as ever. At around 8:30 we left for the ICC to join our Roshni friends for another bonding and educational experience. We started the day off with another one of Megan’s relaxing yoga routines and reflected on the day’s theme of leaning into discomfort. Afterwards we dived straight into activities. The first activity focused on teamwork and leadership/listening skills. In groups of 3-4 people, we solved puzzles requiring us to fold a sheet of paper in a specific manner. Two of the three members were to direct the last member on how to fold the paper.
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As we all shared our experiences with the larger group, we found that there were common challenges facing both the folders and directors. The folders found it difficult to take instruction from so many people and not fold without consent. The directors found it hard to agree on how to instruct the folder. Once we all shared our ideas we broke for tea and delicious pastries as we had in the previous days.

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Our next activity focused on public speaking and we stayed in our table groups for it. Each girl was initially given 30 seconds to speak on a random topic without preparation. The teachers of each group evaluated the girls based on tone, persuasiveness, gestures, eye contact, posture, etc. After a few rounds of this, each group nominated one girl to advance to the final round. These girls would argue in front of everyone either pro or con for a given prompt. Everyone argued eloquently and proficiently even though three of the six were deemed “winners.” After the competition we had a traditional Indian lunch consisting of rice, roti, cauliflower curry, paneer curry, and lentil curry. The dessert was a delicious scoop of fig and honey ice cream that was the perfect end to a delicious meal.

After bidding our Roshni friends goodbye until we meet again on Thursday, we finally got to the most anticipated activity of the day. Shopping at Delhi Haat!

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Before entering the outdoor market, we were advised on bargaining strategies like starting at half of the offered price. The shops consisted of beautifully crafted goods ranging from scarfs to hand-made totes, from paper mâché elephants to kurtas.

 

Two and a half hours later, we all left the market with bags filled to the brim and a new knack for groupshoppingbargaining. We can all honestly say we shopped ‘til we dropped.

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We went back to the Guest House to freshen up and then we were off for a yummy dinner at a local saimarestaurant with Saima Hasan and her mother! At dinner Saima shared the story of her inspiration for Roshni and how she took Roshni from a childhood goal/dream to a reality. What a day from start to finish!
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