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Building ELT Research Capacity in India August 12, 2013

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In late July  I completed a week-long consultations tour at the invitation of the British Council India, visiting two locations – the English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U), Hyderabad, and the Central Institute of Education, Delhi University.

The aim of my visit was to initiate a three year (2013-16) project plan for an ELT Research Survey of India, adapted from the UK ELT Research Directory (a British Council funded initiative for which I have been the primary consultant). The proposed Survey will, for the first time, bring information about ELT research in India onto a single, fully-searchable online platform. While The British Council is the prime mover behind this project, work is in progress regarding a multilateral partnership between Warwick University, EFL-U and Delhi University in the first phase, and growing in subsequent phases with British Council contribution and management tapering off in a planned manner.

ELT in India: Consultations in Delhi

ELT in India: Consultations in Delhi

Consultations with EFLU and other South India-based ELT academics

Consultations with EFLU and other South India-based ELT academics

This visit follows on from a preliminary desirability and feasibility study that I undertook in February 2012. During the trip just completed we made very substantial progress in terms of:

  1. securing firm commitments from key partner organisations and individuals
  2. formation of an academic core team with participants from EFL-U and Delhi University
  3. project planning for all three years of the programme.

This visit included consultations with over 30 leading academics in ELT from seven key ELT and Education organisations across India (with two joining the Hyderabad consultations and the other five the Delhi one).

Debanjan Chakrabarti, Head of English Research and Publications for the Council in India, also secured an important meeting with Dr Jagdish Arora, Director of INFLIBNET (the library network that connects all HE institutions in India). He immediately saw the merit of the project and offered to host it on the INFLIBNET server, subject to a MoU /contract that is also ratified by his organisation.

In addition to the core project consultations and planning, I also conducted a series of capacity building and mentoring symposia – two in Hyderabad (one for 40 Ph D and M Phil students, and one with research supervisors) and one in Delhi, jointly with Professor Rama Mathew, Dean and Head of the Department of Education / Central Institute of Education, for 30 PhD/ M Phil students and academics. Prof Mathew and I had previously made the final recommendations for the first ELT Research Partnership Awards, the results of which were publicly announced on 29 July.

The talk has been recorded and will be edited and shared on the British Council India website as part of capacity building support for ELT research and also to provide guidance for the next round of ELTRP Award applicants.

Hyderabad's iconic Charminar

Hyderabad’s iconic Charminar

It was evident from my consultations with academics and other leading ELT professionals, from evaluating the ELTRP applications and from conversations with research students in ELT and Education that there are pressing needs for support and research capacity building in the field of ELT in India which the British Council is beginning to fill.

By Richard Smith, University of Warwick

Mohit Chauhan: The face of World Voice Programme April 15, 2013

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The World Voice Project was launched in India with a four-day workshop on singing was held from 14 to 18 March 2013 at the N.I.E. Auditorium in the N.C.E.R.T. Campus, New Delhi. The workshop was led by Mr Richard Frostick (Artistic Director, World Voice project) and Mr Mohit Chauhan (Musician and Indian World Voice Champion), with around 70 participants including, school students (age groups 9-11), school music teachers and independent music trainers from various public and private schools across Delhi in India.

The World Voice Programme is a pioneering initiative between the British Council and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). It endeavours to promote arts in school education and uses music through singing to support the development of musicality and contribute towards a wider learning. It will promote sharing of British expertise in singing education with classrooms globally and to promote an exchange of skills, knowledge and understanding between all participating countries; support colleagues from around the world who wish to learn more about singing leadership techniques; provide a network where countries can forge long-lasting working relationships; provide resources which teachers and young people can use in the classroom; and last but not the least, celebrate singing as a fundamental global expressive art.

During the much enjoyed workshop sessions, the school children learnt six English songs well as a Hindi song, ‘Morni’ (a Himachali folk song from the western Himalayas) taught by Mr Mohit Chauhan. The other Hindi song, unanimously selected by the participants was ‘Saare Jahan se Accha’. The sessions were joyful, lively and interesting as Mr Richard Frostick, employed a step- by- step approach to explain the background as well as the geographic, historic or cultural context of each song. In addition to this, he emphasized on correct body posture; proper breathing; voice modulation and accuracy in pronunciation. The students were fascinated with the new words and phrases that they learnt while learning the songs.

During the interactive sessions, the teaching techniques and learning experiences were discussed and exchanged by the school music teachers and the music trainers. Richard emphasized on integrating music into the curriculum, for which he felt lesson planning was necessary. He stressed on ‘learning to be fun for the children’.

Post workshop, Mohit who never had any formal training, said that “music has a way of doing things with people”. He also remarked that he was delighted to teach kids as they picked up lyrics and tune of a Himachali folk song within two hours.

It is interesting to know that the idea for the World Voice project grew in the UK with one goal: to promote learning through music and, in the process, connect classrooms around the world. Cathy Graham, Director Music, British Council, who has 14 years of professional experience in music, said, “Singing is a joyful experience. If you start it young, you have it for life. We would like the World Voice Programme to leave a legacy such that perhaps 10 years from now, children of one country are happily singing the traditional songs of another. They are all doing it without knowing why.”

So, would you agree if we say that such is the magic of music as it connects people globally by transcending the physical limits and connect directly with you? Share your views with us.

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From Orator to an ardent Debater March 5, 2013

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Debating Matters India enriched us with experiences that made us competent in the arena of debating. It was a platform that brought our latent debating skills to the fore. We all started our journey of debating from DMI and hopefully would want to continue with it.
Unlike conventional debates, we were exposed to a forum which demanded thorough research, understanding and knowledge of the topics. We understood that debating was not only about statistics, facts and examples but with what content and passion you put forward your arguments. The topics, of course, were current and thought-provoking. It was all together an intellectual supplement. The unpredictability of the outcome taught us to be well-equipped to face any ‘uphill battle’. It was a test of our ability to respond under pressure which empowered us and sparked our enthusiasm. It developed our critical analysis, improved our confidence and enhanced our presence of mind.
The experts’ seminar was very illuminating and we were extremely fortunate to meet celebrities of various spheres of life. The programme in total was very efficiently organized, well-anchored, the atmosphere- welcoming, and the cuisine- excellent! It was a cross section of ethnical diversity and there was warm cultural exchange.
Walking past the threshold of the British Council, New Delhi, we evolved from what we were to what we have become now- confident, strong, rational, focused, research-oriented and a better personality. We advanced from being a mere orator to an ardent debater.

Paljor Namgyal Girls’ School
Debating Team, 2012-13

Students:
Nistha Sharma
Leah Grace Tenzing Namchyo
Rachel Ongmu Sangay Lepcha
Priyanka Chettri

Teacher co-ordinator:
Ms Alka Chhetri

Paljor Namgya girls

Akram Khan Company India Tour 2012; by Farooq Chaudhry January 29, 2013

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In September 2012, Akram Khan Company undertook a six-city tour of India with its dance production Gnosis. The company performed in Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. The tour was a partnership between Akram Khan Company, the British Council and the Prakriti Foundation in India. It was an intense schedule whereby the company spent three days in each city – a travel day, technical set up day and performance day. It was Akram Khan’s first tour to India after a gap of nine years. The programme was a balance of classical kathak and modern dance. After the success of Akram’s section in the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and his ever-increasing status as an internationally renowned artist, the expectations in India were high.

When the company first toured India in 2003, the audience was of an affluent high status fashionable crowd, as such one gets at major opera houses in Europe. This time around the audience was much more diverse. It was great to see many young people, students, and established and fledgling artists. The audience was much more knowledgeable and enthusiastic than previously, and it was an immense pleasure to share our work with them. They were more in line with the audience demographics we get in London and Europe, and
it was very reassuring to see how India is embracing more contemporary expression and accepting the fact that it is more relevant to its evolving culture. In my opinion, Gnosis performance has attracted more attention because it was a mixed programme of classical and contemporary dance, Akram’s enhanced status and the programme was part of a touring festival arranged by Prakriti foundation. All venues were suitable for showcasing our work though there still remain issues over the availability of good quality technical resources.

Akram and I conducted workshops as part of the programme. Arts managers and artists mainly attended the workshops. That’s no surprise because of the workshop programme focusing on dance producing and dance creating. It was a real mix of experienced professionals and those who have just entered the market. I believe the expectations of those that attended were realistic and it was an enjoyable experience to share processes with those who were hungry to learn. As I said earlier the primary expectations of participants was to understand how they could develop their own creative process, rethink the best models for managing their organisations, being better leaders and thinking how best their work could be positioned and developed in the context of a “market.”

We did not really have time to establish any collaborative opportunities on the tour apart from hiring a local musician who appeared to learn a lot from working with Akram and his company. We did however meet with a very promising young choreographer called Deepak Shivaswamy. He had just won a choreography award and we decided to support him by inviting and paying for him to attend a creative process with Akram in Europe and to mentor him through the creation of a new work he is making. Aside from Deepak we met many
talented artists and we certainly sense the tour has paved the way for future collaborations.

Scottish Dance Theatre and us – an experience we will never forget. November 1, 2012

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By – Mokshaa Akkamma Kuttayya, Class 12, Abacus Montessori School, Chennai

Part of a Scottish Theatre group from Dundee in Scotland worked with us for about an hour and fifteen minutes. The energy in them and their enthusiasm was contagious and all of us participated actively. They made us do some movements to loosen up and we also played some games that involved these movements. They then split us into groups and made us draw patterns on the floor across the room and also use the movements from earlier in the pattern. We also had to be coordinated within one group and use signs from each other as cue to change movements. At the end of the session they performed a small part of their piece for us in which energy they had was quite mind blowing.

Overall it was an amazing experience because none of us had ever attended any workshop or session like it. Everybody enjoyed it, even the boys (which is saying something, although they will deny it). It was interesting to see the way a dance/ theatre group works and their style of dancing was really vibrant and refreshing.

It’s that time of the season again October 10, 2012

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It is hard to forget the buzz, the busy-ness and the excitement of the Akram Khan tour. 17 days on the road and boy – what a ride it was! It has been 3 weeks since we all came back from the buzz and before we know it – it is that time again.

While we are getting to grips with workshops, talk sessions, sorting the dance mats, sorting the rehearsal spaces, pre-rigs and what not, Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) is packing their bags for a smooth landing in Chennai next Thursday. They are a very enthusiastic bunch – a whole range of workshops and showcases await them and they are asking for more. If there ever was a packed schedule for a company, SDT’s schedule would beat that hands down.

They start their tour with workshops with school kids, dancers, under privileged children, special needs children and their teachers; a lecture demonstration with school teachers and talk sessions with technical teams. They bring acclaimed choreographies of James Wilton, Hofesh Shechter and Liv Lorent and we are just waiting in anticipation to feast on the performances.

I know it is going to be double manic – just considering the strength of the team and the places they have to be in. i know it is going to be double hectic – but I also know it is going to be fun like all the rest has been. Something about arts and its environment –the most serious problems are fun to solve, the missed meals don’t affect our bodies and even the latest late nights are fun to be lived! Cannot wait to get more action… see you guys around!

17 days on the road, 6 cities, 4,700 direct audience, 15,000 online reach – and a success story named Akram Khan Company India Tour 2012 October 10, 2012

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Impulse, our season of contemporary dance from UK, kicked off with a 6 city tour by Akram Khan Company. After opening the London Olympics this year, Akram Khan and his company brought down their work – Gnosis – to India which is based on an episode from Mahabharata. The tour encompassed showcases and talks by Akram Khan and Farooq Chaudhry on choreographic inspirations and the business of dance respectively.

 

Akram was accompanied on stage by guest artist Fang-Yi Sheu from Taipei and 5 exceptional musicians on Cello, Percussions, Violin and Vocals. As much as the choreography needs to be appreciated, the live music needs much more appreciation as that sets the mood in place and adds more depth to the performance. The show was an audio visual marvel – with graceful dancing, soulful music and exceptional play of lights.

 

All of us who worked on the project, could not help getting emotional during the opening show in Chennai and after seeing the response. The freight not reaching on time, lights being brought in from Amsterdam, dance floors, media, the magnificence of the technicals – all were worth it!

 

The emotional complexity of Akram’s work talked through and the audience felt the pain, turmoil and rebellion of the characters. It was no wonder then that the audiences all over the country graced the shows with packed houses, standing ovations and cheers, much to the delight of the company.

 

Where Chennai saw a full turnout on a rainy evening, Hyderabad saw a full turnout on a day when dance recitals by famous Indian artists were happening in the city simultaneously. Bangalore and Kolkata were eager to witness the splendour of Gnosis; Mumbai and New Delhi saw who’s who of the dance and theatre world show up to witness the sensation that is Akram Khan.

 

The talks along with the showcases, were very well received by the dance fraternity – as can be seen by the participation. It was good to listen to the producer – choreographer duo as they discussed about the dreams, aspirations, business of a dancer and dance.

 

Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi audiences would never have had such a treat before.  And this is just the beginning ….

All words are pegs to hang ideas on! August 30, 2012

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Contribution by Sneha Rao, participant at the Re-Imagine Edinburgh Youth Summit held in August.

It’s always those few words which have a more lasting impact than the events themselves!

I have tried to recollect my experiences of Edinburgh with the help of those words that fascinated and inspired me…

 “India in some ways is responsible for creation of UK as a whole”

Story of East India Company and its escapades which led to merging of Scotland and UK was fascinating. It helped us understand how Scottish identity was separate from UK identity and how the collaboration between India and Scotland is older than interactions between India and Britain.

“Power of community is something that I am proud of”

This was a statement which made me introspect a lot. We come to think of unity in diversity a lot…But when it comes to local community –that unity starts fading away. That is probably the primary reason we see clean houses but unclean localities -as that feeling of ownership among locals is just not there. This also leads to poor quality of citizenship and involvement in issues related to local governance.  I think this root cause needs to be looked in a little more depth before I can formulate my mind on specific ways to improve community cohesiveness.

“Power of naivety of youth could be leveraged in bringing out elephants in the room”

I think it was a beautiful way to put forth the power of youth. Before coming to the conference I was sceptical – what do we as youths bring to the table which more  knowledgeable and experienced people can’t bring? It’s the naivety which makes us audacious enough to question the un-ask able questions. And the brilliant motley of crowd which was present did ask some thought provoking questions – which wouldn’t have been asked otherwise.

“How much access is too much? – I would definitely want to make the museum accessible but not the objects huggable”

It poses larger questions about access and individuality of cultures. Trade is different from culture in a way – that it has no soul to it. You could have very open ties in trade and it will always be beneficial for both the economies. But does the culture loose its soul if you make it very accessible? From Edinburgh, I was travelling to London and in London I saw a man playing bagpipers in the busy oxford street – the music couldn’t look more out of place, especially after hearing the local version of it in Scotland. I have to admit it must have made few people inquisitive about Scottish culture after hearing them – but does the music looses it soul in the process of tweaking it to suit the tastes and sensibilities of everyone?

“You could roam in museums all day – but this street is what represents Scottish culture”

One can’t box a culture and put it in a building. Attempts made to do so are probably with the intent of documenting them – so that the knowledge about them is not lost. Yes one can go to museums to see that culture that once was- but you have to really see the streets to understand the culture that is. Hence in context of Indo – UK relationships one must ensure the bottom- up approach where people at grassroots in both countries interact with each other. At the end of the day this is what would create lasting understanding of each other’s cultures.

“Definition of rules between 2 countries differ”

On the subject of student visas we had a very enlightening conversation. We realised while Indian students view student visas as an opportunity to begin working in that country after work. People in UK take the definition of rules very seriously. For them student visa ends when the semester ends. After which if someone stays further it’s breaking of rules. It was amazing to see the live examples of this on my trip to London – I was so surprised to see queues even in escalators in underground and the seriousness with which queues are taken. India on the other hand is built on chaos and it is almost a necessity given that the country accommodates 1.2 billion people- we have to have a flexible perception of rules!

“Cost of living can’t be a benchmark; it’s the cost of dignified living which should be benchmarked”

The context in which this line was said was itself a remarkable conversation. But writing few lines on this subject won’t let me appreciate the depth of this conversation.

“UK is remarkable in how it used Olympics to create a lasting legacy in the field of sports”

India had a similar opportunity during commonwealth games but sadly we couldn’t leverage that to create a lasting impact on the way sports is treated in our country. As against UK which targeted various areas like sports infrastructure, sports culture in young adults etc. Also, the values of inclusion it stood for were reflected where they ensured women representation from every contingent- which makes Olympics stand for much greater things than sports.

“Some histories are sad and affect our current sensibilities – Should we reinvent the history to make it more amenable or should it be presented as it is”

The concepts of liberty, fraternity and equality emerged with the French revolution. Before that the concept of looking down upon women, certain races was not frowned upon. There were colonies whose riches were used to fund the deficits of colonizers. Such history when viewed with current lenses – leads to bitterness towards perpetrators. Logically speaking, retribution for historic events doesn’t make sense. But practically speaking, such animosity is hard to part with. Rewriting history might not be the most ethical thing to do, but perspective building on historic events needs to rational. We must ensure we impart objectivity and rationality to impressionable minds of young kids so that they themselves can see the events of history in a more objective light.

“We can sit and talk about Indo-UK relations all day but would common people be interested in it”

To make common man interested in the future of 2 countries , they can’t be convinced by mere dialogues, it has to be an incentive much more tangible than that. Hence a bottom up approach where we ensure continuous interactions between people of both nations- via sports exchanges, student exchanges at university and school level, teacher exchanges and many other cultural exchanges would always work well to create that spark of interest about the partner nation.

One of the lasting and most inspiring lines with which I would end my reflections of the conference

Yes the “how you say it” is important but it’s the actions I would rather be remembered by”

Which goes on to say – that all of us were greatly influenced by various perceptions and various interpretations of interesting themes that emerged during the conference but now is the time to reflect how we can take it to the next level and contribute at an individual level!

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Reflections August 29, 2012

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Contributor: Rachit Sai Barak, participant at the Re-Imagine Edinburgh Youth Summit

A month and a half ago when I was informed that I was selected for Re-Imagine Edinburgh Youth Summit, I was elated that I would be visiting the city at the time of Fringe and Edinburgh International Book Festival. Yes, I had thoughts about my contribution in the summit and if it was possible for a group of 12 young people to define a vision for UK-India Cultural Relationship in just 4 days.  But, mostly, I was excited about attending the festival. Over the course of the summit my expectations completely changed.

On the first day when I met the other 11 participants (Well, I met 2 of them on my way to Edinburgh), I was a little bit skeptical, because of the sheer fact that we came from 12 different backgrounds. Of Course we had similar interest and some of them were part of changemakers, but we all had different agendas or so to say issues that we were supporting. We were told that over the next three days we would try and envision UK-India Relationship and highlight the areas of possible partnership. On Day 4 we had to present these outcomes to various stakeholders.

By the end of day 1 my expectations had changed, I started absorbing a lot more about our shared cultural history. In the next four days I learnt a lot of things both consciously and sub-consciously.

One of the first exercises we did was to visually depict what we were proud about our country. A question that I hadn’t answered before, call it arrogance, ignorance or insecurity. I am proud of certain individuals and emerging sub-cultures but I am not a patriot. The summit actually motivated me to see beyond my experience and discover things that I love about my nation.

On the first day, we visited National Museum of Scotland. One of the most interestingly curated museums I have ever been to. The idea was not to segregate it by period/era but by themes. The museum is not just easy to navigate through, but it also creates an image that you can remember. They have used personal stories to highlight history, one that I particularly remember is that of Jean Jenkins (1922-1990), a renowned broadcaster and museum curator whose passion was capturing and sharing music traditions from across the world. The gallery allows you to learn more about Jenkins’ travels, listen to recordings, and even mix your own global music track using our World Music Composer.

In India we don’t have any academic course on art curation, it’s not a mainstream subject that we consider important. But clearly it’s something that needs attention. Museums are accessible but are not interesting for us as students, because what we are taught in our history books is remotely close to our day-to-day lives. One of the major points of discussions was that India and the UK share a diverse cultural history and the fact that British ruled India hardly holds any relevance in current times. Our education system doesn’t highlight how India’s culture has influenced the UK and vice-versa.

Museums play a vital role in providing information about the same. We all felt that it was important for us to strengthen documentation and curation in Indian museums as well as promote exchange of exhibitions between the two countries. In the past, curators from the both the countries have collaborated; but I believe that it is important, particularly in India to engage young people in that process to foster interest in cultural relationship.

As part of our presentation, me and another participant from India, Arpita Das decided to make a short video about what people from both the countries think about UK-India Cultural relationship, we went around in Edinburgh asking people what were they proud about their country, what they liked about the other country and if they thought UK-India cultural relationship was important to them.

While most of them were deeply interested in knowing about the other country and felt that it was important for the governments to invest in cultural initiatives, there were bunch of citizens from both the countries who weren’t really interested in cultural relationship. One of them even felt that we knew enough about each other’s culture and it might be irrelevant to invest further.

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Going out and interviewing people was a reality check for us. We might feel passionately about investing in cultural relations but does it hold any importance for people who live in smaller cities and rural areas, who have bigger struggles and concerns? How can we become more curious about each other’s cultures? Currently, we don’t have answers to these questions and it might be impossible to find an absolute answer. Therefore, it’s important for us to start from somewhere. As one of the participants, Heather Kitt mentioned that we shouldn’t take UK and India’s cultural relationship for granted and that we should invest in innovative programmmes that creates an open environment for people from India and the UK to communicate and learn for each other. These are the values that we feel are important to create a quality relationship between the two countries.

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Learnings and Reflections August 28, 2012

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Contributor: Ayush Surana, participant at the Edinburgh Youth Summit Re-Imagine: India-UK Cultural Relations in the 21st Century 

There is certain beauty about the very air of the city of Edinburgh.
When you walk the beautiful cobbled streets, on a clear sunny day with
the castle looming up in the distance, you feel very much a part of
the extraordinary culture of this place.

The first day , talking to Dr. Crispin Bates I realized that there is
a fascinating perspective to the history of the East India Company ,
the freedom struggle in India and its implications in the formation of
the UK ! It was an eye-opener for me to understand how our education
system needs to be revamped so that we incorporate all aspects and
perspectives of our history. History should be objective and not a
skewed account.

The very same day we visited the Scottish Museum, and talked in depth
about the art of curation. The most interesting aspect for me was
pointed out by Dan. Talking about accessibility to an object in a
museum and using it as a metaphor to raise the question about how much
exposure to a culture is too much, and when does this exposure start
becoming a threat to the soul of the culture?

Talking in a broader perspective, in an increasingly connected world,
this question raises a few more valid ones, about the sort of exposure
we are getting as individuals and as a society.

Lunch that day, was cold rolls, something which I definitely didn’t
take a fancy to! But I will always fondly remember the times spent in
making dinner together, where we had a delicious fusion of Indian and
British cuisine. A simple platform called cuisine bringing nations
together! The night of Biryani and the Banofee Pies.

Our visit to National gallery presented another fresh insight into the
Scottish culture and heritage. The fact that an entire section was
dedicated to portraits on Pakistani families settled in Scotland spoke
volumes of the kind of cultural and racial tolerance observed in
Scotland and I found myself respecting this Nation even more!

Discussions over the next days highlighted the need for bringing in a
more holistic approach on educational exchange, need for visa reforms
and greater cultural and sports ties between the two nations.

Being a firm realist, I believe that time takes away a lot of our
memories, and sadly also a lot of our leanings. What we always do have
however are moments. Moments which we cherish and always carry with
us.

Every day being a part of a close knit group of young dynamic minds
from two different parts of the world, discussing issues that really
matter to the world and brainstorming together, going on the
‘scavenger hunt’ and sharing some great laughs in the process, to
watch in delight at the wonderful performances happening all over the
beautiful city, and finally on the last day congratulating each other
on pulling off a great presentation which we built together as a team.

Looking back, I am filled with warmth at sharing such great moments
with a bunch of wonderful people. I am grateful to be a part of such a
project and I believe these moments shall always play a pivotal role
to drive me to always consciously think of the India-UK relationship
and how I can contribute towards reimagining our future. As my dear
friend Owen rightly said at the end of our presentation

“Sometimes you cannot do everything but you can do something”

Cheers to a great new future.

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