A Year in India

Election Day
November 6, 2008, 1:03 am
Filed under: Election '08 | Tags: , ,

As the sun rose in Bangalore today, I started receiving texts from friends at home with promising exit poll results. The final news came as I arrived to begin the workday at a rural school outside the city. It was quite something to be standing in the school’s expansive field, its modest concrete buildings on either side of me, finally grasping that Obama had made it happen.

While the students presented a documentary they had made about women’s empowerment, I realized that as much as I was wishing to be in my hometown amidst the Grant Park crowds, the moment here in India was actually tied to Obama’s message: hope for kids in unfair situations to be given the tools and support to share their voices.

The morning was only made better when the kids read my excitement and began giggling and saying, “Bama! Bama! Good president, good man!”

Clearly feeling a real mix of reflective, giddy, and hopeful on this day of days.


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Hey Meera, just a quick note to say how much I’m enjoying your blog! It sounds like you are having an amazing experience and having the chance to tag along via my computer is a real treat. Keep fighting the good fight 🙂

Comment by Katie B.

Loved receiving your phone call from Bangalore informing us that Ohio had gone to Obama. Heard it from you before we heard it from CNN here in Chicago!

Comment by Anita S.

Wait a minute- friends can text you?! Can I text you??

Comment by Em

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