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Bangalore: Thanks for the Memories

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(EARLY Wednesday morning)

Greetings from 31,000 feet over India heading north out of Bangalore.

Indian hospitality is well-known among international travelers and it was on full display last night as members of our delegation were guests of His Excellency Mr. H.R. Bharadwaj, governor of the state of Karnataka, where Bangalore is located.

President McRobbie and Governor Bharadwaj

Set up by our friends and partners at OP Jindal Global University, the event provided a rare opportunity for our leaders to get the ear of a leading Indian statesman. The governor is keenly interested in both the quality of education and the legal system in his country, prompting a discussion involving President McRobbie, IU Maurer School of Law Dean Lauren Robel.  Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor at OP Jindal, and others.

After an introductory chat in the foyer  of the governor’s residence, we were treated to a captivating performance of traditional southern Indian music by a quintet of talented musicians – three on stringed instruments and two playing traditional percussion instruments.

No Indian event, it seems, is complete without multiple dishes of wonderful local cuisine accompanied by more chances to met new friends, and last night’s guests included members of the local business, academic and government communities.

The evening was a perfect way to cap off two productive days in Bangalore. Now it’s up early (we left the hotel at 4:30 to catch our flight to New Delhi) for the longest day of the trip.

President McRobbie and Kelley School of Business Dean Dan Smith will sign partnership agreements with two management institutes and the group will visit a third university to discuss collaboration opportunities. We end the day with what should be an interesting informal dinner discussion with some of the leading journalists in the city.

Before leaving Bangalore, I want to say a special thanks to all those who made our stay comfortable. Treating guests like family is ingrained in the Indian culture and it shows everywhere. The hospitality is very much appreciated.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to try to catch a catnap before we touch down in New Delhi for the next stage in our adventure.


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