Today Adith took us to his college in Avula, Kerala state. The UCC, Union Christian College, was founded in 1921 by four Indian graduates. At the entrance gate we were warmly welcomed by Adith’s fellow students.
Kerala is in many ways special in the Indian context. The overall level of education, especially among women, is high. So we meet far more female than male students in this college.
The students use the opportunity to exchange information about their studies and everyday student life. The college is a place of interreligious coexistence. Christians, Hindus and Muslims study and live together here.
Together we enjoy the traditional cuisine of Kerala. The different dishes are handed out on a banana leaf and then eaten with hands. Indian and German students serve each other.
At the end of the day we are all grateful for the meetings and conversations and enjoy a boat trip in the harbour of Cochin.