Hailing from the 2nd most populated country on earth, Anusree uprooted herself from Mumbai, India and moved to France for more foreign exposure. Nicknamed ‘Anu,’ she is known to be quite daring and brave and is recognized as our little ‘Risk Taker.’
Anusree and I met on the first day of school and is also my youngest friend here in France. Our first conversation went a little something like this:
Me: “Hey, are you looking for the orientation?”
Anu: “Hey, yes I am!”
Me: “ok, I figured you don’t speak French since the sign said it’s in Bâtiment B and you’re in A”
Anu: “haha yes!”
Me in my head:“ok glad I’m not the only one who can’t speak French here😂”
……and the rest is history.
That first conversation led to a friendship that I can say today, I am very much proud of. Anu was in my assigned semester group which meant that apart from our social life, we’d work together academically. I remember being super pumped about this and she didn’t disappoint. Am I writing a recommendation letter here?! Sorry.
Being one of my travel buddies, we’ve travelled to a couple countries and cities together. My favourite trip with her was definitely Amsterdam and I think it was because I enjoyed watching her, enjoy all things il(legal). I appreciate how receptive she is of others’ cultures and she really is open to any and everything. She’s also an advocate for Punchy Punch aka Trini’s rum punch.
Although I have yet to taste her hand (cooking), she has taught me so much about India.
Fun fact: A guestlist of 2000 people is considered a small wedding
Our cultures are so similar which is expected as Trinidad is influenced by Indian culture. Just look at these examples:
- Trini Doubles = Chole & Poori
- Kuchela = Magai Pickle (slightly different but same concept)
- Kurma = Gavvalu (shaped like shells)
“You gotta be strong honey, because at the end of the day it’s just going to be you, who will hold your back”
I’m so grateful for her friendship and she really has this beautiful energy that you feel once she enters the room. To me, it’s amazing time and time again that I get to experience that.
One challenge faced since moving abroad?
Living by myself
Describe yourself in three words.
Confident, outgoing, humorous (or I like to think so)
What do you love the most about India?
Favorite country travelled to? Why?
Bali. I revered nature.
Two fun facts about your country?
We love our food and politics the same, with a pinch of salt.