Claire Darrow


Capstone Reflection

The Capstone project is a Global Citizen Year requirement to help bridge what fellows learned and experienced in-country to the reality of returning home and sharing those experiences. A few days ago I organized a story sharing dinner at my house. I invited a few of my friends who were in town to come eat…

06 June, 2018

A Salutation to the Dawn and Auspicious Beginnings

Sharing one of my favorite poems written by the Indian dramatist, Kalidasa: Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course Lie all the verities and realities of your existence: The bliss of growth The glory of action The splendour of beauty For yesterday is but a…

06 June, 2018

An Ode to the Journey of the Mango

In the sunrise of April, I hold you before me, a product of a subtropical breeze, nutritious soil, and water that nourished from inside out. I have been waiting for you and I know the journey has not been an easy one. As I look at your skin adorned with swaths of deep coral, leafy…

06 June, 2018


From the bejeweled flourish of a sari skirt to the tip of a humble Gandhi cap, India’s fashion remains just as diverse as its many foods, languages and religions. While clothing in India follows a long and well documented history, fashion in the western sense is a comparatively new concept in terms of India’s long…

23 May, 2018


Some moments are just better expressed through pictures. Enjoy these snaps from in and around Pune! 

16 March, 2018

A Day In The Life

My day usually begins around seven when the chartreuse parrots that live in the tree by my window start to twitter and converse. If the parrots are still sleeping by that time, my little host sister, who coincidentally reminds me of a brightly plumed tropical bird, usually takes over their role as my alarm clock….

12 March, 2018

The Art of Letting Go and Going with the Flow: My Year of Embracing Jugaad

  My feet pounded the pavement and my vision started to fade into shades of blue and yellow as I sprinted to catch the last train home. The ancient train let out a yawn and creaked as if it were reluctantly awakened from a deep slumber. Out of breath, I glanced around the compartment and…

23 January, 2018

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Claire Darrow