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Levin Stamm

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Six Months India – Pittances and IT Gurus

April 29, 2020

This blog was originally published in German on tize.ch as part of my capstone project – you can read it here. In the past, the city used to be a cosy piece of agglomeration, the ideal weekend getaway for Mumbai’s upper class, says an old-established Puneri. He sits in a coffee shop in the villa...

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Six Months India – Workaholics and Arranged Marriages

April 22, 2020

This blog was originally published in German on tize.ch as part of my capstone project – you can read it here. The dim light of the light bulb may not yet drive the darkness of the night out of the kitchen. Mother stands at the stove – her eyes tired, the long hair still a...

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Six Months India – Blank Faces and Crowded Classrooms

April 15, 2020

This blog was originally published in German on tize.ch as part of my capstone project – you can read it here. Hundreds of children in uniform stand on a gravel field in front of a dreary concrete block and sing the Indian national anthem. They are pupils of a public school in the midst of...

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My Host Brother: A Modification – Mein Gastbruder: Eine Modifizierung

February 11, 2020

– Deutsch unten – "What do you think of the CAA?" he asks. An abrupt question, I have just arrived in Pune after two weeks of travelling. Somewhat taken by surprise, I clear my throat, and start to explain my negative attitude towards the act, exactly knowing how insufficiently informed I am, having only read...

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3 Things the West Can Learn From India –– 3 Dinge, die der Westen von Indien lernen kann

December 9, 2019

In few countries more people are lifted out of poverty, is the economy booming more than in India. Accordingly, one often reads that India is approaching the developed West at in increasing pace – and often forgets: the world’s largest democracy is already doing a lot of things better than the often highly acclaimed West....

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Thoughts from the roof terrace – Gedanken von der Dachterrasse

November 6, 2019

— Deutsch unten —  Even after two months, the roof terrace of my host family is still one of my favourite places in Pune. In the afternoons, when the air of the city becomes a poisonous cocktail of biting exhaust fumes and high temperatures, I climb the stairs of the house and watch the roofs of my...

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Rather genuine than friendly – lieber authentisch als freundlich

September 3, 2019

US-Americans are friendly, happy, interested – all the time. That may be okay at first sight, being traits that indicate the positive state of a person, even of a whole society. At first I was delighted to see the openness and friendliness with which people interacted. But as the days passed, all the standing ovations,...

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