Alok Parekh

“I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, where I attended St. Mary’s International School for 12 years. During this time, I made regular trips to India and maintained close ties with friends and family in Mumbai. In June 2009, I completed my undergraduate education with a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and a certificate in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Now I am seeking some practical application for my years spent in the classroom.”

Naman Pugalia

“I spent the first 11 years of my life in New Delhi where I attended Modern School. The next decade was spent shuttling between Mumbai and Boston. In Mumbai, I attended the Cathedral & John Connon School. Recently, I graduated from Brandeis University, Waltham MA with a bachelor’s degree in economics. As a junior, I attended the London School of Economics and Political Science.

I am literate. Now, the education begins.”

Mihir Sheth

“Born and brought up in Mumbai until the age of 18, I attended the Cathedral & John Connon School before proceeding to Harvard for my undergraduate studies. After graduating in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, I moved to Hong Kong to work as an Investment Banking Analyst with Lehman Brothers (now Nomura International) for 2 years. Having seen more of the world than my own country, I needed to set the record straight.

The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”


Yash Daga

“I grew up in Mumbai and attended St. Mary’s School (ISC) in Mazgaon until the age of 15. Then, after two years at a private boarding school in Bangalore, I moved to New York to study Finance and Accounting at New York University‘s Stern School of Business. Having lived in comfortable city bubbles for 21 years of my life, I look forward to exploring the ‘Real India'”.



  1. – try to outline yur journey graphically on a map if possible..this could be on the front page..
    – how dyu plan to make this blog visible to random ppl surfing the net?
    – the pic is too classy..alok looks like ali khan..

    Comment by malay — July 3, 2009 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  2. and do u really want the comments to show up over here? looks a bit weird..

    Comment by malay — July 3, 2009 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

  3. We are working on a map with a plot of our route, will upload it as soon as we’re done. Haven’t really thought of a way to popularize this blog. Any ideas?
    That you liked the picture makes us happy.
    We will allow all comments insofar as they are not profane.

    Comment by loggers — July 3, 2009 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

  4. very cool – i’m super envious! 🙂
    i will def watch this space

    Comment by Nayan — July 4, 2009 @ 3:10 am | Reply

  5. good luck. sound like an awesome idea….

    Comment by mickey — July 22, 2009 @ 10:49 am | Reply

  6. Kashmir, with its breath taking beauty and pure air will be an auspicious start to your journey of India.

    Take care and Good Luck.

    Comment by Hema Parekh — July 24, 2009 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

  7. waiting to see some stunning pictures of the valley and Dal Lake with its magical shikaras

    Comment by Hema Parekh — July 24, 2009 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  8. How is the map doing- will be great to follow your route. Interesting observations of the people of each region will capture the attention of the bloggers

    Comment by Hema Parekh — July 25, 2009 @ 12:23 am | Reply

  9. Thank you for being attentive.

    Comment by Aviad — July 27, 2009 @ 2:19 am | Reply

  10. Superb idea. I am almost tempted to join you. All journalists should take a leaf out of your book and see the world before talking about it. I have one suggestion though on your research topic. Please change the mix of objects whose prices you are tracking through the country. Have a wonderful journey.

    Comment by Mayank Mishra — August 14, 2009 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  11. R.I.M. (Rest In Mumbai) Yash

    Comment by Aviad — September 29, 2009 @ 3:16 am | Reply

  12. Hi Naman and friends,
    Just went through this (b)log. It is quite a treasure-trove of information. Liked the way pictures have been interwoven with text. Also, from the zap reading that I have done so far, it is rich in substance!
    Will spend a lot more time going through it at length, and soon.

    Cheers and all the best!



    Comment by Rajesh Kalra — October 26, 2009 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

  13. My name is Sergio F. Serratto. I am working with Alok sister at Barclays and she told me about this nice idea you had. I am from Uruguay, South America. I went to India in January to study and learn more about the culture…WOW! I would love to be there with you now and enjoy more about your beautiful country!
    I wish you the best and hope you get the important eduacation!

    Comment by Sergio — July 20, 2010 @ 2:16 am | Reply

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