Send Mumbai Red-Light Area Girl to NY University!

 
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Nov 25, 2013

It's already snowing!

Life is beautiful! :)
Life is beautiful! :)

Dear Friends & Supporters,

It is almost three months since class started at Bard! The first few weeks were great…I was happy and excited but I had this other weird feeling - I didn't know what. It was all magical; it's been about three months but I still have hard time believing that I am in the USA! It’s just crazy when I look back at my life – where I was even two years ago and where I am now. I miss my family and Kranti and, but I am happy that I am here. There are many students from different country and in my English class there are all international students. It's fun studying with them.

Here most of the things are different: culture, life style, food. Food is the most difficult change though – I REALLY miss Indian food! Maybe I am being biased but I think Indian food is the best. :) The education system is different from what I have experienced before. We read at home then discus it in the class and we all share our experiences. Even though I away from India, I am still close to it by doing some activities here, like there is this South Asian community where there are students from India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

I have even spoken at many fundraisers for Indian organizations here, so I met many Indian-Americans here. I was at the fundraiser organized by Share and Care foundation and there were two THOUSAND Indian people there! I was shocked. OMG! Is it real? It was one of the biggest audiences I spoke to so far. People were very friendly and so many people came to tell they were inspired by my journey.

The most important news, of course – it snowed last night, this is my first snow! It is so so so hot in Mumbai and I have never seen snow falling. It was so beautiful my roommate captured my first reaction in her phone. I was so happy and excited it was magical and so beautiful. I was dancing until it stopped! Now that the magic id is done, I am scared that I will die of cold in the next couple months!! Just wish me luck that I survive through winter. :)

My family, they are so happy that I am away. You know why?? Because it saves so much food for them. They keep sending photos of food they are eating to make me feel jealous but even I send them my photos at Bard to make them jealous. I talk to my family about once a week, but I talk to my mom every day. I used to call her every day, then I stopped for a while, but she said please call for one minute every day, it feels good to hear your voice. I am so lucky to have such wonderful family, friends, and Kranti!

I cannot thank you enough for helping make my lifelong dream possible. I wanted to share just this little bit about my life, I hope you enjoyed reading and I will write every month from now on. Best wishes and happy Thanksgiving!

Love,
Shweta

My serious classmates
My serious classmates
On a student boat ride
On a student boat ride
Any excuse to wear a sari
Any excuse to wear a sari

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Organization

Kranti

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
http://www.kranti-india.org

Project Leader

Robin Chaurasiya

Mumbai, Maharastra India

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