They have adapted themselves to the local way of life with ease. SEB’S funny adventures and encounters Exchanging ideas Thomas Bonnet: Thanks to a plethora of exchange programmes, students are now able to live a wholly new experience in the country of their choice. French students are keen on Asia and India in particular. The French community of students in India is growing every day; we see more and more exchange programmes between France and India. I came to India last January thanks to my French University IESEG. The aim of that kind of experience is to create bonds between two different cultures, and to bring something new to the community of these two different countries.
the hindi factor
Moelelwa Mashala: As the countdown begins for my journey back home, one thing I will miss is using my sedulously cultivated Hindi language to bargain. I remember once going to buy a T-shirt which cost around Rs 80-Rs100 and I ended up paying Rs 120. I remember asking the dukandar to give me a T-Shirt for Rs 120. I straight away said nahi bhayyia ek saw bees (Rs 120); call it my Freudian slip or poor Hindi. I actually thought I was saying Rs 100. But, today, it’s a different story as I must say my Hindi has improved.
Learning new lingo
Priyangwada Perera: I did get a chance to taste life outside a hostel. I remember the weekly visits to the vegetable vendor at the Kingsway Camp. For many years, Sri Lankans had lived in that PG and they have always come to this particular vegetable vendor. To my greatest amusement, I found him rattling off the names of the vegetables in my own language, Sinhalese. Global bonding? Whatever you may call it, but it gave me such a joy to hear this subzi bhaiya using my language.
in the thick of things
Faaiz Kamil: When it comes to academic, social or welfare activities, everyone tries to lead by example. Students from different colleges actively participate in organising seminars, conferences and public debates which is a very vital step towards having a better society. KMC always takes the lead in organising such events as different cultural societies and departments organise their yearly seminars.
We explore more
Sam Badger: Travelling to Indian cities is easy and inexpensive. So, foreign students often try to bite off more than they can chew. And, they succeed to a large extent in their effort. But does that hold true for Indian students as well? Do Indians have less pride in their heritage? It seems unlikely. I’ve met people who proudly proclaim their Rajput leanings, yet have rarely gone to Rajasthan. My friends here often say that they have seen so much, yet they never consider traveling together to see the country. When asked, they always seem to say that they don’t travel around India for the same reason that they don’t travel around Delhi. But, I still feel, Indian students have that wanderlust.