Two young Americans are heading to India to write a book on chai wallahs and would like to meet with experts on various India themes before they head out in August. If you can help, please get in touch directly and copy Sree Sreenivasan (ss221[at]columbia.edu) know they got some leads).
Zach Marks firstname.lastname@example.org
Resham Gellatly email@example.com
Zach and Resham lived in India from 2010-2011 on a Fulbright Fellowship. They are returning to write a book on chai wallahs around India. In a country with tremendous diversity, chai wallahs are a constant presence, from urban slums to rural villages to the call centers and factories driving India’s economic rise. The same way New York City cab drivers might be able to tell the story of the city through their interactions with customers, chai wallahs can tell the story of India in all its diversity and complexity.
They will be traveling around India for a year beginning in August. While they are still here, they are hoping to meet people who have studied and/or written on South Asia in the following fields:
- Cultural / Diaspora Studies
- Political Science
- Others with connections to South Asia!
Zach graduated from Yale University in 2010. Since returning from his Fulbright, he has worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., where he has focused on international development and social entrepreneurship. Most recently he has been working in South Sudan, helping develop the world’s newest nation’s agriculture strategy. He helped write a McKinsey report on social impact bonds, an innovative finance mechanism for scaling social programs. He has written for the Huffington Post and was featured in The New York Times for his culinary creations in college dining halls.
Resham graduated from Boston University in 2010. Since returning from her Fulbright, she has been conducting psychiatry research at New York University and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Resham worked with survivors of torture seeking asylum through a joint Bellevue/NYU program and currently mentors high school refugees at the International Rescue Committee. She recently co-authored a paper on cultural comparisons of mental health in Argentina and New York. Her fiction and non-fiction pieces, including one about Hawaiian food culture, have been published in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii.