I strongly believe in the saying, ‘The only source of knowledge is experience’.
And the experience of hosting a faculty of another school from the other part of the globe was very enriching.
Initially I was overcome with apprehensions. Hosting a completely unknown guest, probably with varied interests, food choices, and speaking a different language was a hard nut to crack. But my hosting experience was wonderful. All my fears vanished the very first day when I realised how adjustable and adaptable Mr Menine is. My biggest worry was about food. But there was hardly any fuss from his end. He relished the Indian food without any complaint.
Through my interactions with the students, I realised that their culture has conditioned them to be open minded and open to new learning. There was hardly any problem faced by the host families. The students attended the classes with their buddies and learned about our customs and traditions. They were awestruck to see that we enter the temple barefoot. They enjoyed chanting of mantras, Bollywood dance and fireless cooking. Some of them even wore Indian dresses with bangles and bindi.
The best part of the programme was the ease and comfort with which we learnt about each other’s culture and tradition.
Undoubtedly this was an incredible experience and an unforgettable one.
-Ms. Seema Kapoor
VIBGYOR High, Marathahalli