How did the trip contribute to your real world understanding of Economic Geography?
This trip was a great opportunity to see my knowledge and understanding from lectures and classes at LSE being applied to real-life scenarios. For example, seeing the real life effects of knowledge spill-overs happening across the IT industry in Kerala was truly amazing. Furthermore, I loved learning about the role of policies on creating economic development at different stages in Kerala, from local fishermen to multi-million dollar businesses. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to speak to the locals directly and hear their stories.
What was your favourite visit during the trip?
My favourite visit was to the V-Guard Headquarters, where we met the founder and CEO, Kochouseph Chittilappilly. It was a brilliant opportunity to directly speak to one of India’s most successful entrepreneurs. He has been given many awards throughout the years as well as being named one of "India’s Highest Tax Payers”.
What did you find most inspiring?
Kerala’s policies for women empowerment have been the most inspiring to me. Their main aim is to break down social barriers in society by providing the local women with a “voice” and a platform to take action. From going to work to starting their own businesses. The results have been incredible so far. It was great visiting a house which was built by the local women in just 52 days.
3 words to describe the trip?
Inspiring, eye-opening, breath-taking.
Watch Altab's Kerala video here.