Kumbh Mela - The Most Wonderful Sight in India?

Posted by Daniel Ratheiser • Wednesday, March 24. 2010 • Category: People and Places
“What is the most wonderful sight in India – the strangest thing to be seen in all this land, where so much is strange? For my part, I am inclined to doubt whether anything can be witnessed more impressive and picturesque, more pregnant, too, with meaning and significance, than the Kumbh Mela, or great Pilgrim Fair, which is held, once every twelve years, where the waters of the Ganges and Jumna meet, below the wall of Allahabad. Until you have look upon one of these tremendous gatherings of humanity many aspects of Indian life and character must be hidden from you.”
Sydney Low during the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to India (1906)

© Enrico Fabian (www.enrico-fabian.com) for "Die Zeit"

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Experience Syria - Cultural Immersion in the Arab World

Posted by Angélique Vassout • Tuesday, March 23. 2010 • Category: People and Places
Going abroad as a part of the curriculum has become more and more common and is nowadays a key distinguishing factor in your CV. Most European students choose to stay inside Europe thanks to the Erasmus programme or go to North America, but others prefer to leave the beaten track and travel to more challenging parts of the world, in order to discover a new way of life, learn a foreign language, and experience by themselves what global diversity is.

Ummayad Mosque - "The Grand Mosque of Damascus"

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Immersed - Leave a Message

Posted by Benjamin R. Weiss • Tuesday, March 16. 2010 • Category: Crossing Cultures
In those days, I still thought I could keep my shoes clean—a fool’s errand, I quickly realized, and a concern that, like many others, I’ve put to bed since setting down roots in Delhi two months ago. I was standing my new pair of spotless blue Nikes on the dusty, crumbling asphalt outside a mobile phone shop in Delhi’s bustling Lajpat Nagar Central Market. Leaning against the cold concrete frame of a vacant storefront, I tapped the keys on my new mobile phone, sampling a dozen or so ragas and Bollywood-inflected tunes in search of a fitting ringtone.

Did he leave a message?

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Guidebook: Internships in India

Posted by Daniel Ratheiser • Tuesday, March 9. 2010 • Category: Global Career
We are happy to announce the publication of our new guide book ‘Internships in India - A Guide by Knowledge Must’, which is available for free download from our website at www.knowledge-must.com/guidebooks. We made it a point to cover all important aspects of doing an internship in India. Life for international interns will be so much easier once they figured out the logistical requirements and the Indian cultural environment. In addition to answering the most pressing questions, the guide features valuable insights ranging from logistics such as visa procedures and accommodation arrangements to cultural backgrounds and inspiration for how to spend one's leisure time.

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Hinglish - A 'Pakka' Way to Speak?

Posted by Gülcan Durak • Tuesday, March 9. 2010 • Category: In Depth
Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali....this is just a small selection of languages spoken in India. With over 400 languages and thousands of dialects, it is difficult to keep track of them. It is therefore not surprising that people in India are growing up in a multilingual surrounding. Something not necessarily resulting out of this, but becoming more and more common are the phenomena called ‘Code Switching’ (switching from one language to another) and ‘Code Mixing’ (mixing of two or more languages) which have become normal for many Indians. Hinglish, which is a combination of Hindi and English, is probably the most established example for ‘Code Mixing’ in India. It is not only widely spoken there, but also in the U.S. and in Great Britain, which is not surprising regarding the large numbers of Indians living in these countries.

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Interview: Intercultural Collaboration in the Indian Fashion Industry

Posted by Peter Braun • Tuesday, March 9. 2010 • Category: Arts and Beyond
"After exploring Milano and London, coming back to India made me feel that I know the place for the first time."

Norwegian photographer Roger J. Renberg (www.renbergphoto.com) and Indian fashion designer Ankur Gupta (www.ankurgupta.co.in) both based in New Delhi, compose their art in an own way. Working with each other, they put all their talents together and created a sum that is larger than the individual parts. We talked to them about intercultural collaborations in the fashion industry, the sources of their inspiration, and what it takes to reach professional fulfillment.

Garments by: Ankur Gupta / Photo by: Roger J. Renberg

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Namaste Deutschland - Studying in Germany

Posted by Nishtha Prakash • Tuesday, March 9. 2010 • Category: Global Career
When at first, the thought of exploring and learning at and from a new country occurred to me, just like many other young Indian students and professionals, I thought about USA, UK and Australia. These are two destinations where Indians like to go to work and study. Getting into these cultures is easier as compared to cultures in Europe because language barrier does not exist. However, when I decided to move to a new land, I was not only looking at a good educational opportunity but also an intense living and traveling experience that would give me new perspectives and perhaps even change them.

Picture Courtesy of: www.uni-frankfurt.de

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The Jaipur Tamasha - Traditional Folk Art in a Modern Context

Posted by Stefan Heil • Tuesday, March 9. 2010 • Category: People and Places
Some 250 years ago, during the rule of Aurangzeb in India, it wasn't the best of times for music and the arts. Aurangzeb, adhering to a very orthodox brand of Islam (in contrast to previous Mogul emperors like Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan), is remembered for his uncompromising religious views, such as the discouraging of singing or music for Hindus and Muslims alike. When musicians lost their imperial patronage, they started looking for more supportive environments.

Photo by: Ben Weiss (http://benjaminrweiss.wordpress.com). All rights reserved.

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Dilli or Dili?

Posted by Gülcan Durak • Tuesday, March 9. 2010 • Category: People and Places
Perhaps "dili" (= from the heart, cordial, close, intimate) is a good expression to describe Delhi but there are probably a hundred things I love more. For example a delicious chocolate fudge brownie, which tastes so good that you even wish you could reincarnate as one. What else…

Ok, wait, maybe there aren’t a hundred things. Actually, I don’t think I can name anything else, because there is simply nothing more. But let me start with some hard facts about this incredible city. Delhi, locally known as Dilli, is a city with approximately 15 million inhabitants and is India’s most populous city after Mumbai. It consists of Delhi, Delhi Cantonment, and New Delhi, the last one being the capital of India. About 82 % of the population in Dilli are Hindus. The second largest religious community are Muslims with 12 %, Sikhs are 4 %, and Jains and Christians are around 1 % each. The main languages spoken here are Hindi and English (the official languages of India), as well as Punjabi and Urdu.

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Playing "Fasenacht" – Carnival in Germany

Posted by Christian Emmerich • Tuesday, March 9. 2010 • Category: People and Places
“Fasenacht” is one of the many local German expressions for carnival which, depending on the region, have developed more or less from climatic, historical and religious origins. You can find this period of celebrations in almost every Christian culture. However, there exist comparable festivals in other cultures as well, such as Holi, Dol Yatra or Kamadhana in India. Generally speaking, they are all about celebrating the end of winter and trying to disperse the bad spirits, for example, with colourful costumes or masks. But today these celebrations aren’t reduced to the locals alone. Many have turned into multicultural events in which everyone can participate.

The Celtic-Alemannic Carnival in South-West Germany

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