I have been in Chennai for one week. This is my second visit to India. I came to Chennai in 2012 when I started working on a science education project with HeyMath! I wrote about working with HeyMath! here. Happily, the project continues and I’m back again for another two-week working trip as we begin the next phase.
Chennai is a city of contrasts. Perhaps this is true of all cities. Perhaps this is true of life; we live surrounded by contrasts. Yet when a landscape becomes part of the everyday, its disparities can blur into the background. By visiting somewhere new, the differences jump back into relief. We look for ways to establish context, this and not that, here and not there, and in so doing, the differentiation defines our place in unfamiliar terrain.
I find myself not only noting polarities in Chennai itself, but also pondering the changes between this visit and my last one: who I was then and who I am now, how we approached the project then and what we understand now. For all that I am taking in and all that is new, I don’t know what to tell you about my trip. There is so much to consider. I have so little to say. It is too early for words. Oddly, when I look back at my blog entries from my last visit, I find I was similarly tongue-tied at this half-way point.
So, in lieu of any more sentences, I offer you images of my week in Chennai. I hope you enjoy discovering some of the contrasts yourself.