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Here's looking at you, Rabat: Kalyani Monteiro Jayasankar

Jan 25, 2012 by Kalyani Jayasankar in Africa


As-Salamu Alaykum! My name is Kalyani. In exactly two days, I will board an airplane bound for Rabat, Morocco, where I will be studying for almost four months as part of the School of International Training's (SIT ) Migration and Transnational Identity program.

I am a Sociology major with a interest in Urban Sociology, particularly in migration and public space. Though Rabat is smaller than Casablanca and certainly smaller than the city I come from, Mumbai, it still shares the characteristics of many cities in the global south. The SIT program focuses on migration, a very relevant theme in Morocco, which has a high emigration rate and a large transit migrant population. I am especially interested in the ways in which migrants negotiate and occupy urban public space.

While I know that learning and living in Rabat will be an exciting experience, I'm a little nervous since I speak very rudimentary French and virtually no Arabic (or Darija the Moroccan dialect). Fingers crossed that it all goes well and that I will be able to rap in Darija when I get back.

Here's looking at you, Rabat (with due apologies to Casablanca and Humphrey Bogart!).

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