Introducing Sukanya Purukayastha

11th September 2011, I begin a new chapter in my life. While I am eagerly waiting for the fellowship to begin I am also preparing myself for the next 10 months. One thing that I am really looking forward to is meeting new people and making new friends. It is always very exciting to know about people from another country, their cultures, traditions, their perspectives etc. and if I can learn even 1% of that, I would have added something to my life and knowledge.

So what am I looking forward to? Not just meeting everyone but I am very excited to start working with a new organization and working on a new project. I have quite a lot about the organization I will be working with and that has just further increased my enthusiasm to work with them. I really hope they have interesting projects, which will be challenging and will add to knowledge of social work.

I am also really looking forward to moving back to Mumbai. It is a challenge to survive in a city like Mumbai. Even though it is extremely difficult to live in the city, it is also a city that gives you a big platform to grow. The city has many many challenges to offer and it completely depends on how openly you can brace those challenges. I look at Mumbai as the enemy and also my best friend. I absolutely hate it at times but the moment I leave the city I realize how much I am in love with mumbai. .

I will definitely miss home though. I don’t know when I will get the chance to see my parents again, but they will and always are in my thoughts. It is easier for the Indians, as  I can’t even imagine how hard it must be for the American fellows. One of the things I would miss from home apart from my mums cooking would be the countless no. of hours my father and I would spend singing and listening to music. I would miss the political arguments that I would have with my parents almost every evening. And last but not the least I will miss my friends. I love them very very much and we don’t get to see each other very often but whenever we do we have an awesome time together knowing it will last only a few hours. But life goes on.. I will gain new friends in this fellowship and I’m very very excited to start this 10 month long journey!

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