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Homing in on hospitality

Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

HOMELY FEELING: Nepalese students having their time out.

FROM THE hilly slopes of picturesque Nepal to the dusty lands down the southern part of India, the journey has been a long but memorable one for 30 Nepalese students as they experienced the lifestyles of Andhra and relished its well-known hospitality staying in the homes of locals here. They were here as part of the World Organisation of Students and Youth (WOSY) programme to bring together people of different nations. The idea is conceived and implemented by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

"It has provided us a chance to see India and it is an experience we will cherish throughout our lives. Hope these kind of programmes will put an end to the growing antagonism towards India," says a student.

Cultural bonding

"It certainly drives away many notions and instils the feeling that we are culturally and religiously bonded," says another student.

The programme is unique in the sense that the effort is to make them feel "at home." The 30 students were accommodated in 18 homes of people from different walks of life in Hyderabad. "The visitors get a chance to see the culture of Andhra and experience the love of people," says M. Bapu Reddy, convenor of the programme.

The Nepalese students presented a cultural programme at a people's reception organised at Birla Planetarium.

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