India 2001 Schedule

We were given schedules at several times during the trip. We learned that they were not to be taken too seriously, as they tended to change right up until the events actually happened. The schedule you see below is the best reconstruction I can manage of what actually took place.

Lectures in the first week were at Jai Hind College in south Mumbai. Lectures in the second week were at National College in north Mumbai. Imagine us being bussed between events - we spent anywhere from a half hour to four hours a day on our mostly air-conditioned busses.

Links are sometimes to my travel diary, sometimes to a specific page about that event.

Date Activity
Saturday 12 May
5:20 PM (Atlanta time)Board nine hour Swissair flight to Zurich
Time distorts as we cross several times zones heading into Europe.
Sunday 13 May
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Zurich time) Four hour lay-over in Zurich
11:30 AM (Zurich time)Board eight hour Swissair flight to Mumbai

Time distorts further as we cross more time zones and arrive in Mumbai (all times following this are India time). India time is +10.5 hours from Eastern Standard Time, which is what we left in Atlanta.

All classes, tea breaks, and lunches were at Jai Hind College for the next week unless otherwise mentioned.

Monday 14 May
1:00 AM - 2:00 AMArrival, Customs, Immigration, and Greetings in Mumbai
2:30 AM - 3:00 AMCheck in to the Sea Palace Hotel
9:00 - 9:30Tea/Reception
9:30 - 11:15 Opening Ceremony
11:15 - 11:30Tea Break
11:30 - 12:45Mumbai - A Cosmopolitan City, by Ruby Maloni
12:45 - 1:45 Lunch at the College
1:45 - 6:00Free afternoon
7:00 - 9:00 Welcome Dinner at Chetana
Tuesday 15 May
9:00 - 10:30 Indian Art: The Philosophy Behind It, by Prof. Prabodh Parikh
10:30 - 10:45Tea Break
10:45 - 12:15 Indian Art: Sculpture, Architecture, and Painting, by Dr. Kirit Mankodi
12:15 - 1:15Lunch
1:15 - 3:40Free time (some people went sari shopping).
3:40 - 6:00Tour of Banganga Tank in Malabar Hill
6:00 - 9:00 Dinner at the Wayside Inn
Wednesday 16 May
9:00 - 10:30 Islamic Architecture, by Prof. Smita Dalvi
10:30 - 10:45Tea Break
10:45 - 12:15 Colonial Architecture, by Prof. Mustansir Dalvi
12:15 - 1:15Lunch
1:15 - 2:00Lecture on the Prince of Wales Museum, by Ruby Maloni
2:00 - 3:30Visit to the Prince of Wales Museum
4:00 - 6:00Talk by Vijaya Mehta on Indian Theatre and Film at the NCPA
6:00 - 9:00Dinner at Delhi Darbar
Thursday 17 May
9:00 - 10:30The Performing Culture in India, by Dr. Ashok Ranade
10:30 - 10:45Tea Break
11:00 - 2:30Gandhi Museum, Haji Ali, Temples near Haji Ali
3:00 - 5:00Lunch and Free time
5:00 - 7:00Tea Party at the Cricket Club of India
8:00 - 9:30Dinner at the Sea Palace Hotel
Friday 18 May
7:45 - 9:30Tour of Colonial Buildings in downtown Mumbai, by Ruby Maloni
9:45 - 11:00Indian Religions: Their Origins and Comparative Theology, by Swami Chidananda
11:00 - 11:15Tea Break
11:15 - 12:45The Moral Universe of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, by Dr. S.A. Upadhyaya
12:45 - 1:45Lunch
2:00 - 3:30Visit to the Strand bookstore
3:45 - 5:30Free time
6:00 - 8:00Dance Recital
8:00 - 10:00Dinner Party, Jai Hind College
Saturday 19 May
8:00 - 9:00Boat to Elephanta Island
9:00 - 11:30Tour of Elephanta Caves
11:30 - 12:30Boat back from Elephanta Island
12:30 - 1:30Boxed Lunch
1:30 - 5:30Free time
7:00 - 9:00Dance performance (at a Planetarium)
9:00 - 10:30Dinner (some at a vegetarian restaurant as planned, some at the Taj Hotel)
Sunday 20 May
9:00 - 10:30Visit to St. Thomas Cathedral (I didn't go)
10:30 - 10:45Tea Break
10:45 - 12:15Mahatma Gandhi's Role in the Freedom Struggle of India, by Dr. J.V. Naik
12:15 - 2:00Farewell lunch at Jai Hind College
2:00 - 4:00Demonstration of some traditional Indian Crafts at Jai Hind College
5:00 - 8:00Bus to airport, flight from Mumbai to Aurangabad
8:00 - 10:00Check-in to President Park Hotel and dinner
Monday 21 May
9:00 - 11:00Visit to Bibi Ka Maqbara
11:00 - 12:30Visit to Panchakki
12:30 - 1:00Visit to local craft shop
1:00 - 2:00Buffet lunch at President Park Hotel
2:30 - 5:30Visit to Paithan (offsite link) (I didn't go)
8:00 - 9:30Dinner at the President Park
9:30 - 10:30Organizational Meeting (schedules)
Tuesday 22 May
7:45 - 3:30Visit to Ajanta Caves
Wednesday 23 May
8:00 - 12:00Visit to Ellora Caves
12:30 - 2:00Visit to Daulatabad Fort
7:00 - 9:00Flight from Aurangabad to Mumbai
9:00 - 10:00Check in to the MiG Cricket Club in Bandra (north Mumbai)

All classes, tea breaks, and lunches were at National College for the next week unless otherwise mentioned.

Thursday 24 May
9:00 - 10:30Colonial and Post Colonial Economy, by Prof. Ajit Karnik
10:30 - 10:45Tea Break
10:45 - 12:15Understanding Indian Classical Music - Star Recital by Pt. Nayanjyoti Ghosh
12:30 - 1:30Lunch at "Just Around the Corner" cafe
Visit to Fab India
Visit to Bollywood film lot
Visit to Bollywood film processing plant
7:30 - 9:30Dinner at Time & Again
Friday 25 May
9:30 - 11:00Challenges to Federalism and Secularism, by Mr. Kumar Ketkar
11:00 - 11:15Tea Break
11:15 - 12:30Indian Cinema: Its Impact on Indian Society, by Mr. Amrit Gangar
12:30 - 1:45Lunch at McDonalds
1:45 - 5:00Afternoon free (or visit to Fab India)
5:30 - 7:30Dance Recital
8:30 - 12:00Dinner hosted by Dr. Ram Tarneja Chairman, Interational Committee, HSNCB at the Club, Juhu
Saturday 26 May
9:00 - 10:30Poetry Reading by prominent Indian-English poets - Dr. R. Raj Rao, Tenzin Tsundue (I didn't go)
10:30 - 10:45Tea Break
11:00 - 1:00Visit to "Discovery of India" Exhibition
Boxed lunch on the bus
2:00 - 3:00Visit to Crawford Market
3:00 - 5:00Visit to Chor Bazaar
6:00 - 7:30Dinner at "Not Just Jazz by the Bay"
7:30 - 9:30Performance of "C for Clowns" (a play) at Jai Hind College
Sunday 27 May
Morning free
1:00 - 2:30Class on Astanga Yoga
2:30 - 3:00Tea Break
3:00 - 4:30Dalit Issues, by Ms. Pushpa Bhave and Ms. Pradnya Lokhande
4:30 - 4:45Tea Break
5:00 - 7:00Understanding Indian Classical Music - A recital (percussion)
7:30 - 9:30Dinner at China Gate Restaurant

My view of the next two days of schedule is pretty shaky, as I didn't attend anything until we boarded the train for Delhi. I was pretty much incapacitated by a viral infection.

Monday 28 May
9:00 - 10:30Television and Satellite Networks and Their Impact Upon Indian Society, by Ms. Karuna Samtani (I didn't go)
10:30 - 10:45Women's Issues, by Ms. Flavia Agnes (I didn't go)
12:30 - 1:30Lunch
AfternoonInteractive session with students/social activists (I didn't go)
EveningFarewell Dinner at Powai (I didn't go)
Tuesday 29 May
9:00 - 10:30Traditions and Values of Indian Society, by Rahul Srivastava (I didn't go)
10:30 - 10:45Tea Break
10:45 - 11:45Feedback Session (I didn't go)
Lunch
6:00 PMBoard train for overnight trip to Delhi
Wednesday 30 May
2:00 PMDisembark train in Delhi
4:30Check in to our residences in the Defense Colony, followed by lunch
6:00 - 9:00Bus tour of New Delhi, including a stop at a very large and attractive Hindu Temple
9:00 - 10:30Dinner out (I didn't go)
Thursday 31 May
7:45 - 12:00Bus to Agra
Lunch near Fatepur Sikri
2:00 - 4:00 Visit to Fatepur Sikri and Jama Masjid
5:30 - 7:30Visit to Taj Mahal
8:00 - 9:30Dinner at hotel in Agra
Friday 1 June
7:00 - 9:15Visit to Red Fort in Agra
9:30 - 1:30Bus back to Delhi
2:00 - 3:00Lunch at Defense Colony Residence
3:30 - 5:30Visit to "Cottage Industries"
7:00 - 8:00Dinner at Defense Colony Residence
Saturday 2 June
7:30 - 9:00Visit to Jantar-Mantar Observatory
Visit to the Red Fort of Delhi
Visit to the Craft Museum store
Some people visit Connaught Circle Area
Lunch at Defense Colony Residence
7:00 - 9:30Dinner at a very classy hotel
Sunday 3 June
1:45 AM Delhi timeBoard eight hour Swissair flight from Delhi to Zurich
Three and a half hour layover in Zurich
Nine hour flight from Zurich to Atlanta
10:00 AM Atlanta timeArrive Atlanta
2:00 PMArrive Milledgeville

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