Alana Poole

Alana is passionate about education. She is involved in a local, San Francisco summer camp, softball, and music. Her goals for the year include learning more about the education system in India, the gender inequalities there, the teaching methods, the traditions, and more about herself. Her favorite quote is, ÐTravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.Ó -Mark Twain


10 Things You Might Not Have Known About India

1. Dancing Queens You don’t have to be seventeen or female to be a dancing queen! Everyone in India is a dancing queen regardless of age and gender. Bollywood, Garba, Dandiya, Sambalpuri, Lavani, Bharatnatyam…the list goes on! These dances, both modern and traditional, are completely enjoyable and ridiculously fun. This photo was taken during Dussehra,…

02 April, 2016

Congratulations Parinitha & Vikram

You are both so lovely, and I wish you all the best. Thank you for having me at your wedding. ​    

30 December, 2015

Christmas in India

So I’m alone on this 22-hour train ride going to Bangalore and it was about 11:30pm when I decided that I should sleep. I made my bed, put all my important things in my small bag and packed it and myself into a large burrito with a thick, wool blanket that really didn’t smell all…

30 December, 2015

An Uncomfortable Tranquility

​ ​Growing up in San Francisco, I’ve been constantly stimulated by the hustle and bustle of the city. So when I found out that we would be spending our first five weeks in India at an ashram, I was so psyched. For those of you who don’t know, an ashram is a spiritual monastery focused…

16 October, 2015

Procrastination: A Work in Progress

If you already know me, you know that I am one of the biggest procrastinators in the world. This first blog post is due before we get to our countries. So here I am: sitting in the airport, writing this. Impressive, right? Well, over this past week we have been pushed to recognize our strengths…

28 August, 2015

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