If IPL claims to have brought players from different nationalities under one banner, GCC can legally announce to have homogenously blended the students (the future pillars of any country), of various nations for a better world. This institution has provided the platform for students from about 72 countries to work together and later to render useful services not only to India but to the world as well. We, as Indians, are quite mesmerized with the prospect of having international friends, classmates and roommates and are grateful to GCC for giving us such an opportunity but a question lies here: what is the foreign nationals’ take on GCC and India?
The best way to find the answer for this question is to directly converse with the foreign nationals in person. “I love GCC for it’s simply wow! It’s a great place to explore your hidden talents. Moreover, this is my first stay away from home but I don’t feel homesick. Such is the ambience here! I love to be in India for it has allowed me to interact with people from various and interesting cultures. ” says Ridma Welikalla, an energetic and perky Sri Lankan damsel. Ridma also conveys her thanks to GCC for providing her with such an opportunity which she thinks will go a long way in helping her become successful in life. “GCC has given me the opportunity to exercise freedom and hence rediscover myself. I am also happy at the security they provide for hostelites here. As for India, I love Indian culture” replies Damsha Chiranjali Jayasundaram, a Sri Lankan. Chizobam, a Nigerian, describes Indians as extremists, “They always put extreme amounts of salt, sugar and spice in their food!” exclaims Chizo in the characteristic African style of exclaiming. Aida Chevoshan, a quiet and composed Irani with a pleasant personality says she loves India, and “that is the foremost reason why I came to India. I love the culture and I am fond of the Hindi language.” It should be mentioned that Aida’s passion regarding India had prompted her to learn Hindi and her fluency in that language is remarkable. When Thao from Vietnam and Kong Ki Hong from South Korea were asked ‘Do you like India?’ they answered, “We don’t like India. We love India.” Thao also mentioned that she likes the motto of GCC, ‘Emphasis is on life’ and she is happy that she is getting the opportunity to mingle with students from different parts of the world. She is satisfied with her teachers and on the whole, she considers this as a novel experience. Sweet, chubby, and humble Rittika Rani Barma from Nepal thinks that the word good applies to everything in India. “ I like almost everything in India- the people, the cultures, the languages. GCC is good as well.” Yu Seoyoung and Rujira Chansuk from South Korea and Thailand respectively think better roads in India are needed but both of them think that GCC is probably the best college in India. “The campus is lovely!” exclaims Yu when asked what she likes about GCC. Aishat Shama from Maldives also nurtures the same views on GCC as Yu.
Different foreigners have different descriptions of GCC and India but there is one particular topic on which they share the same verdict: “The food, it’s terrible!” they all proclaim. Some find it bland and tasteless, some too spicy but all of them agree that a tough time during meals is an insignificant sacrifice they need to make when they consider what they are getting in return from GCC.
We do acknowledge, whether consciously or subconsciously, that though we are linguistically and culturally separated, it’s the same sun that shines on us and GCC emphasizes it by providing a common platform for students from all over the world to interact and to foster a general feeling of togetherness.