India: Sustainability in the Developing World
Winter break 2016
It’s day 10 here in India, we just checked out of the beautiful Kengeri campus. The weekend was full of touring ancient monuments, company visits, and some late night games of Euchre. We then made the trek to the Himalaya Drug Company for our last company visit of the trip. Himalaya Drug Company is India’s leader in natural healthcare, also with a presence in 90 countries worldwide. After learning the history of the company and what they do today, the speaker touched on their sustainability practices. He then asked a moving question to the group about our own impact on sustainability; “If it’s good for humans, is it good for Mother Earth?” Because of greed, this is usually a tough question to answer for businesses and society. Then, after a great lunch, we visited the company store where we had the opportunity to buy their products at extremely low prices, with a curtious 28% discount on top of that. They even gave each one of us a bag with a lot of trial size portions of their products.
We then traveled 2 hours back to Bangalore where we checked back in to Christ University’s main campus. After arriving to the campus, we were greeted by culinary students who taught us to make 7 different Indian dishes. Not to be biased, but our groups chicken was the best of the rest! And it’s only right we got to feast on the food we made afterwards.
With the end of the trip in sight, we’ll spend the rest of our evening having a Euchre tournament, spending time with new friends, and getting some much needed sleep.