Innumerable Stories Leading to Knowledge

-Jesse Nichols, A&S '16

Nichols (middle) Learning mantras for world peace during troubled times

India and its endless stories, cultures, traditions and religions changed me. With the support of the South Asia Center and the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), I had the privilege to live, study and explore the city of Jaipur. I lived along-side millions of painters, designers, creators, storeowners, college students, businessmen, and entrepreneurs; millions of Muslims, Hindus, Vaishnavs, priests, sages, rishis and Hare Krishna booksellers. My age. Their innumerable stories share one meaning: cultural immersion is the way to knowledge.