I’ve recently arrived in Ahmedabad, India for a work assignment. This has been something I have looked forward to (and hoped to do) for some time. I have never been to India, so this is all new. Newness challenges us, as you know, to see thing differently – or, I believe, in worse cases, to close ourselves up and harden our imported points of view and beliefs and see them only as stark contrasts as compared with what we encounter abroad.
At this point in my life, I am determined to see what’s new for me with open (okay let’s say it, *fresh*) eyes. With closed eyes would just result in bruises, right?
Speaking of bruises. I almost hurt myself laughing on my first morning commute to the Duke CE office in Ahmedabad, on the campus of the Indian Institute of Management. My driver, whose name I unfortunately can’t spell and can only barely pronounce, welcomed me into the Suzuki sedan from the Royal Orchid hotel, and away we went.
Into the melee.