India Celebrating Cricket: Foreigners Witnessing the 2011 World Cup

Posted by Helena Trapero • Tuesday, April 26. 2011 • Category: Crossing Cultures
I have been two months in India already and I thought I have seen crazy things, chaotic traffic, and incredible scenes. I didn´t realize yet that I didn´t know anything about cricket. I noticed that they were broadcasting several matches on TV, but I didn´t pay any attention really. Suddenly a Cricket World Cup semi final was taking place in the north of India and everyone was just crazy about it. Two days before the event everyone was talking about it and asking me who did I support: India, for sure.

Cricket dominates Indian sports, from the high Himalayas...
Photo by grabka dot org
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Backpack Your Life

Posted by Teresa Kasel • Thursday, March 24. 2011 • Category: People and Places
Backpacking is a way of travelling that attracts increasing attention amongst young people. Travelling itself has always been popular. But backpacking is different. The major purpose of backpacking is by far not the intention of simply going to another place. It is so much more than that. It is about the idea itself: The idea of travelling. Being on the go. Exploring the world. The destination plays only a minor part in the game. It’s all about that feeling you have when fitting your life in a backpack, leaving behind everything you’ve known, everything you’ve loved and valued so far – to find out what else is out there – what kind of world, life, opportunity, culture and people.

(c) Teresa Kasel

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Our New Guide Book: "Work in India"

Posted by Daniel Ratheiser • Tuesday, November 30. 2010 • Category: Global Career
We are happy to announce the publication of the latest addition to our guide book series "Work in India - A Guide by Knowledge Must", which is available for free download from our website. With this publication we offer you a complete resource on India's challenging job market for foreigners. 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 background information and inspiration for how to spend one's leisure time.

After the success of the guide books "Internships in India", "Volunteer in India", and "Study in India", this is the fourth of a series of guides that we publish to help students, graduates, and professionals realise their international ambitions and make their life easier. All four guides will be regularly updated to keep up with the rapidly changing Indian environment.

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Love Beyond All Barriers

Posted by Kate Strathmann • Monday, September 6. 2010 • Category: Crossing Cultures
I recently read an article in the New York Times entitled “In India, Castes, Honor and Killings Intertwine”. Over the six years or so since I made my first journey to India, I have recounted to friends and acquaintances at home some of the anecdotes (I wince to use this word – as if abuse of women should ever be relegated to a mere anecdote) I have encountered in first, second, or third person regarding the ways in which women are abused, maimed, or sometimes killed, as in the case of the young girl in the aforementioned article. I always want to defend or make excuses for the country that I love. It’s true, there hasn’t been a case of sati [immolation of widows on their husband’s funeral pyre] in years (though I hasten to point out, there has been in my lifetime), but I recall reading of daily “kitchen fires” in the police blotter in the Bangalore newspaper years ago; and discovering that this was a twisted and polite allusion to an intentional act of violence often resulting in homicide, not an indication that the country needed to examine safety standards of stovetop ranges.

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Guide Book: Study in India

Posted by Daniel Ratheiser • Wednesday, September 1. 2010 • Category: Global Career
We are happy to announce the publication of our new guidebook ‘Study 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 studying as a foreigner in India. Life for international students 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 background information and inspiration for how to spend one's leisure time.

After the success of the guidebooks 'Internships in India' and 'Volunteer in India', this is the third of a series of guides that we publish to help students, graduates, and professionals realise their international ambitions and make their life easier. Next will follow a guide about 'Work in India', which is currently under production.

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Tradition and Departure - Cultural Relations between India and Germany

Posted by Dr. Clemens Spiess • Tuesday, August 17. 2010 • Category: Crossing Cultures
As a result of stronger ties between Germany and India, cultural relations between the two countries have found new impetus drawn from a longer tradition of German-Indo cultural exchange. Foreign cultural policy experiences multiple incentives and support on both sides, which makes it useful to establish sustainable structures of cultural dialogue. However, a number of factors could be listed to shed light on the still asymmetrical nature that marks cultural relations between India and Germany. Among them are: different conceptions of foreign cultural policy, different stages of the respective art industry and cultural infrastructure, a historically determined imbalance of financial and infrastructural resources and the sheer ignorance in the way both countries have perceived the other.

Christian-Matthias Schlaga, Charge d'Affaires, German Embassy in India, together with Dr. Eckart Würzner, Lord Mayor of the City of Heidelberg, at a workshop of the University of Heidelberg's South Asia Institute that was organised by Knowledge Must in New Delhi

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Under a Northern Sky: Feeling “ich bin ein Berliner”

Posted by Gautam Chakrabarti • Thursday, August 5. 2010 • Category: People and Places
This is not an average travel narrative, replete with the wonders of a world that is truly wondrous: a jazzy world that, yet, has a large, welcoming heart. This is, perhaps, not an image run-of-the-mill Hollywood WW2/spy-flicks generate, immersed, as they seem to be, in anachronistic assumptions and the resultant antipathies. But, it is clear to this writer, Germany and Berlin define the new Gross European Cool, framed in terms of “Multi-Kulti” (multiculturalism, in colloquial German) and a Kalkbrennerian Zeitgeist.

A view of the city of Berlin by Henk de Boer
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India is Calling – Kick-Start Your International Career

Posted by Peter Braun • Monday, July 19. 2010 • Category: Global Career
To gather life experience, more and more students all over the world decide to learn other languages, study or work in other countries, and travel abroad. During our university lecture tour from 17.05.2010 to 02.06.2010 at eight different German universities we were thrilled by the high numbers of international students attending our lecture “India: A New Destination for Career Fulfilment”.

Reflecting on academic experiences and the question how to utilise their education for an international career, students around the Western world now look towards new geographical directions to seek career fulfilment. More and more India is becoming a focus point for ambitious individuals pursuing their studies there, doing an internship or joining the Indian labour market after graduation.

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Getting to Know Delhi's Multiple Faces

Posted by Peter Beland • Saturday, May 29. 2010 • Category: Crossing Cultures
"Medieval mayhem, opulent metropolis, stately maiden aunt: give it a chance, and this unruly capital will capture your heart. Yes, it's crowded, aggravating, polluted, extreme, and hectic, but hey - nobody's perfect."
- Lonely Planet India, 13th edition

These were some of the first words I read about Delhi. A city officially of 15 million inhabitants, but in reality more like 20 million. A city of djinns and city of dreams for the capital's millions of migrant workers. Mega malls and glittery condos take root next to fields of marigolds where sari-clad farmers lay out their produce on nearby roadsides, hoping to attract Delhi's middle-class suburbanites on their way home from work. One of the world's most polluted cities, it boasts more parks than most Western capitals.

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Guidebook: Volunteer in India

Posted by Daniel Ratheiser • Wednesday, May 26. 2010 • Category: Global Career
We are happy to announce the publication of our new guidebook ‘Volunteer 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 working as a volunteer in India. Life for international volunteers 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 background information and inspiration for how to spend one's leisure time.

After the success of the guidebook 'Internships in India', this is the second of a series of guides that we publish to help students, graduates, and professionals realise their international ambitions and make their life easier. Next in line will be the guides 'Study in India' and 'Work in India', both of which are currently in production stage.

We make this guidebook available to you for your free individual, non-commercial usage.

Please DO share it with others!

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Capturing India - Interview with Photographer Enrico Fabian

Posted by Stefan Heil • Saturday, April 24. 2010 • Category: Global Career
Recently we found the time to conduct an interview with photographer / photo-journalist Enrico Fabian which we wanted to do for the longest time already. We know Enrico Fabian already since he started taking pictures as a profession and have since supported him for his critical approach in photography. His works are often uncomfortable but beautiful at the same time, and one can clearly see the social agenda he is following with his choice of projects.

© Enrico Fabian for Reuters

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Immersed: What’s Going On?

Posted by Benjamin R. Weiss • Monday, April 19. 2010 • Category: Crossing Cultures
An alto saxophone squeals, then quickly fades away. Soft strums on a guitar creep in, backed by gentle taps on a snare drum. I can’t help but bob my head. And then a mellow voice croons: “What’s going on? Oh, what’s going on?”

Marvin Gaye’s provocative query has wracked my brain since the moment I left home and set down roots in this unfamiliar land.

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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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