First of all, thanks to everyone for the great tips and kind words of support in response to my first posting. It’s great to have so many wonderful colleagues cheering me on – Kellogg really is a special place.
On my second day in India, Mr. Sharma picked me up bright and early for the 200 km drive to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. With frequent use of the car horn, he deftly maneuvered around wandering cows, ox-drawn carts, and slow-moving auto-rickshaws. As he explained to me, “In the US, people honk their car horn when they are angry. In India, people get angry if you don’t use your horn.” We arrived on Agra and met a guide who would take me to see the Taj. He asked me what I did for work, and I explained that I was an ophthalmology resident. To this, he responded, “Let me tell you something – all of the most brilliants physicians that I know in India, they do not care about how their clothes look or what their hair is doing. So I can tell that you are going to be a great doctor!” I’ll take it.
Words can’t express the sublime, other-worldly sight of the Taj. Hopefully these few pictures provide some idea.
Today I leave for Nepal to meet my collaborators and begin my research!