New Student Photo Series 2010 – Post #22

There is still plenty of time for new students to submit photos for the blog.  This is a great way to share about some of your experiences and get to know you new classmates.  Submission information here.


The photos today are from Priyam Saraf, an incoming MPA student.


Ganges, the largest river in India passes through my hometowm, Kolkata. I like this picture because it captures the two faces of the Ganges – a spiritual lifeline where hundreds of devotees go to pray and take a dip in the river and the centre of commerce/transport for many people. However, years of neglect and industrial discharge currently make it one of the most polluted rivers in India necessitating government efforts for clean up.

I backpacked through Vietnam this summer and this is a picture of the Reunification express that connects Saigon in South Vietnam to Hanoi in the North. During the War, this track was the target of bombardments and was severely damaged. It was restored post fall of Saigon in 1975-1976. The train is frequently used by the middle class in Vietnam, esp. if they are travelling heavy. For a traveller, it’s a lovely way to witness rapid landscape changes from south to the north, taste local cuisines at station-stops and exchange stories with co-passengers.

A self sufficient entity in Hue where they conserve their plants, grow vegetables, educate young monks and teach them a vocational skill. I find Vietnam fascinating – preserve old practices while working hard to be one of the fastest growing economies in Asia.