Before I came to New Delhi, I knew it was going to be hotter than Texas. I knew that it would be humid and the air would feel heavy. I envisioned a sky full of thick grey clouds and streets full of loud cars. I knew what to expect, but I didn’t know that a simple walk would make me see the bright side of Delhi.
As I was walking across the streets of New Delhi, a girl named Monika from the 360 plus Fondation accompanied me. She told me all about her experience in India and said that she would definitely come back to New Delhi. She also advised me to keep an open mind and see the goodness in every situation.
I feel like this piece of advice is common among travelers, but the way that she presented it made me realize that it is a human tendency to complain and look at situations from a pessimistic view point. We are constantly trying to find the flaws on a crystal ball rather than the beauty in it. This makes us unwilling to try new things and let ourselves be free. I think that since this is such a common habit, I’m going to strive to see the happiness in things and not elaborate on the slight inconveniences.
As we walked further, my adventure started to happen. I looked across the street and saw a hundred monkeys of different sizes and a bunch of tiny brown squirrels running in the bright green grass. I smiled and my heart whispered “Thank you.”
Nirali is one of 8 students in Indiaspora’s inaugural HeritageINDIA Program. A unique, immersive, 3-week summer program, this initiative gives high school students of Indian descent the opportunity to connect to their ancestral homeland. Students experience and engage with India’s rich and diverse cultural history by completing hands-on projects, participating in stimulating discussions, and building friendships with a cohort that will share in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. With the exciting theme of India’s Riches: History, Culture, Diversity, & Democracy, students visit three areas of India that are geographically and culturally diverse, yet all very much represent India: New Delhi, Gujarat, and Kerala.