Sep '06 - May '08
... semester that is. the one in which i confront the 800 lb gorilla looming over me since i arrived here - thesis.
we have prelim reviews coming up next week, before we head into the meat of the term, so i'm busy prepping for those.
Went to Mumbai to visit my site last week, had the pleasure of staying with family there, especially an uncle who knows the city inside and out. I've been to India many times since i was a kid, usually spending 1 or 2 months there living with my grandparents - but that was in Chennai and Banglore, and while both cities are very different from Mumbai, having spent a lot of time there had acclimated me to the typical sights, smells, tastes of what Indian urban life had to offer. Which is good, 'cause I wasn't able to stay there for very long (just a five days).
My site is near the eastern edge of the city, up against an active port section of the waterfront. on the western edge is a super-dense bazaar/residential area, to the south is what was formerly known as Victoria Terminus train station(still referred to by most Mumbaikers as 'VT') and to the north, large warehousing districts. The site right now consists of half used / half squatted on storage houses, vacant land, and some small supply/depot markets. Its at a vital crossroads in the urban structure of the city.
Here are some photos: