The best part of international travel is returning home safely and then telling your friends and acquaintances what you have learned from your travels. In that sense, our travel to India and Dubai was quite joyful as well as instructive.
Every time I go to India, I am full of high hopes about finding progress that I read so much about in the Western press. But every time, I come back not exactly overwhelmed by the evidence of said progress. Since I look at India from the grassroots level, I see more evidence of continuity than change. But that is not to say that progress is totally absent. Surely not.