I have finally made up my mind. This will be the focus of my research (otherwise known as my guiding question) while in India:
The Unifying Nature of Story: How sharing personal stories -- joyful and tragic, funny and poignant, ancestral and present -- informs and empowers our understanding and acceptance of multiple perspectives, enriches our sense of discovery and develops our ability to communicate by building our active listening and vulnerability skills.
I know it is kind of long, but I needed to put the details in to keep me focused. You all know how fascinated I am with storytelling and how life experiences inform our present and better prepare us for whatever the future dishes out. Well, now I will have the opportunity to use my passion in a more global sense to explore how global citizens can use story to better understand the culture and identity of others, and how sharing our own experiences helps unify us and develops appreciation for multiple perspectives.
Now I must go. Time to fill out the forms for my travel visa. I should learn more about the specifics of the trip next week. Stay tuned!!