By Richard Bammer
Good news came for a hoped-for summer internship in India, and Shounak Chattopadhyay was filled with joy. Raised in Vacaville, he would, at last, be returning to the land where he was born 21 years ago.
When he applied for the Tata Social Internship, Chattopadhyay recalled, via email from New Delhi, that he felt “drawn” to his native country, coupled with a desire to “experience the magical chaos of India for myself.”
A graduate of Buckingham Charter Magnet High School and a senior at University of California, Berkeley, he envisioned his weeks in India, helping to improve the quality of children’s literature in Indian languages and access to books in schools and libraries, as a huge opportunity in his still-young life.