Know In­dia par­tic­i­pants praise visit to In­dia

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The 12 par­tic­i­pants of the Know In­dia Pro­gramme (KIP) ex­pressed de­light about their trav­els to In­dia. This was the 35th KIP, which was a pro­gramme or­gan­ised by the High Com­mis­sion of In­dia. It aims to as­so­ciate the younger gen­er­a­tion of widely spread out In­di­ans with their land of ori­gin. The pro­gramme pro­motes aware­ness on In­dia, its so­cio-cul­tural di­ver­sity and it’s de­vel­op­ment. One of the par­tic­i­pants, Ad­rina Ku­mar, gave her feed­back say­ing that it was a phe­nom­e­nal ex­pe­ri­ence and one she would love to re­live. “When I reached In­dia I learned to ap­pre­ci­ate things and re­late it back to Fiji and my best ex­pe­ri­ence was on the Dec­can Odyssey train, be­ing able to be in a Five Star Ho­tel on the rail. “It was amaz­ing to be in our beds and be­ing able to see the peo­ple and build­ings pass by and the hos­pi­tal­ity was amaz­ing. “One thing I would have never ex­pe­ri­enced in my life, if I had not gone to In­dia, would be watch­ing a tiger cross in front of our ve­hi­cle, which was a nor­mal thing in In­dia,” Ms Ku­mar said.

Most par­tic­i­pants said they felt like they were home with the warm In­dian hos­pi­tal­ity. Shugandha Goswami, an­other par­tic­i­pant, said it felt like a home away from home. “One thing I can­not for­get was the feel­ing I had when I was re­turn­ing back to Fiji; was that I was in tears and felt sad leav­ing In­dia. “This was like a birth­day present for me and one of my best ex­pe­ri­ences and I would love to go back as the sign goes “In­cred­i­ble In­dia”; it surely is with its di­verse cul­ture and tradition. It is amaz­ing.

“In­dia is so rich in their ar­chi­tec­ture, in their cul­ture, food and every type of di­ver­sity and ev­ery­body is so proud of their her­itage and I could know y be­cause they have such a rich his­tory as well which was very beau­ti­ful. “In­dia has left a mark in my heart and I will def­i­nitely be go­ing back.” The par­tic­i­pants were pro­vided full hos­pi­tal­ity and are re­im­bursed 90 per cent of the econ­omy class air­fare to In­dia and back. It was a three-week du­ra­tion. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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