Kamal Naqvi, (at 1:08PM Sunday 17th of June 2007, GMT)
As I note in a later discussion, I think going to India/Amroha is critically important to placing the ‘learned’ culture in contact. It allowed me to work out when a certain culture should be more dominant than another. I dont think you have to apply a particular cultural approach to all situations and going there and seeing how my peers reacted to similar situations as faced in the west – e.g. group dynamics amongst a similar age group or the fun created out of meeting at large events, be it a wedding or religious – was a very important part of my personal development.