Sunday, May 25, 2014

Security in South Asia, dining with our undergraduates

I have been serving as teaching assistant for an undergraduate course on Security in South Asia at Northwestern University, taught by guest scholar Sumit Ganguly, Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations in Political Science and Director of the Center on American and Global Security, at Indiana University. This opportunity came my way following 9 months of field research in India, Pakistan, and Dubai for my own dissertation research which explores security and economics in the region -- how fitting! Course topics include 1947 partition, Kashmir, the Cold War, Bangladeshi independence, and Sri Lankan civil war. 

In real-time, India elected BJP's Narendra Modi as Prime Minister and commentary by our Professor Ganguly was solicited by world media, including BBC and PBS Newshour.

Professor Ganguly treated us to dinner, and I was struck by how vastly multicultural our group is in the South Asian multinational sense. Pictured below beginning from the lower-left-hand-corner and moving clockwise, the cultural backgrounds are Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi (myself), Andhra (or, Telegu), Gupta (still unsure how to place this), and Kashmiri -- wow! One student was missing from dinner and he is Parsi -- man, that would have been kick ass!!

We dined at Mysore Woodlands in Chicago's famous South Asian neighborhood dubbed 'Devon & Clark'.  Dessert was faloodas and then paan at the Bombay-inspired Patel's Cafe. We wrapped up the evening with grocery shopping at Patel Brothers for chutneys, rusk cake for dipping in hot masala chai, frozen paranthas, and digestive candied saunf. Click here for Chicago Mag's Guide to Devon Avenue.


went to andy pandy said...

Is this the same rahul from Brookhouse prep?

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