Town Halls and a Fascinating Iron Pole (Day 2 India)

Today, while pretending to be over our jetlag, we split up into our four project groups and visited  some of the schools attended by Roshni girls. Each school was part of a different community; for example, one group visited a predominantly Hindu community of South Indian, while another visited a conservative Muslim community in Old Delhi. Each group had a productive discussion with the Roshni girls and their families who attended–we were amazed by the unconditional support shown by some family members and teachers, but we also gained a better understanding of the challenges the girls still face. We think we were able to relate to the girls, even though we come from completely different circumstances.

After a delicious South Indian lunch of idlis and masala dosas, we went sightseeing around Delhi. We first visted Humayun’s Tomb, which is an early Mughal tomb that the Taj Mahal was modeled after. We spent time exploring the inner rooms and enjoying the gardens and fountains. We then headed across town to the Qutab Minar, which is the highest minaret in India. The Islamic mosque there was actually built from pieces of Hindu and Jain temples, so we got to see all the influences combined in the architecture. There is also an iron pole from the 4th century AD that we were fascinated by. It is the purest form of iron we know of, and scientists are still trying to figure out how to replicate it.

We returned to the guest house, ate a homestyle meal for dinner, and reflected on our town hall visits to the Roshni schools. We had a discussion so that all groups could share about their respective visits. We discussed what surprised us, what we’re going to take away from it, and what we still have left to ask and learn.

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  • kim kirkwood

    What beautiful descriptions you have shared with us of your days, and your impressions so far. We love the photos, especially, those that warm our hearts with your lovely smiles. Having gotten our “fill” of your joyful countenances, we can then enjoy the artistry in your compositions of mosques in the mist and towers seen through archways…spectacular!

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