by Carol from India

So, its been almost a month now that I am in India. I have missed my family a lot and I am extremely happy to be back here in India. Sometimes I could not imagine that I am truly back in India because in Dortmund I had to wake up every morning to go at work. I always dream that I am in Dortmund and I have to go to work in the morning. I miss Dortmund and I miss all the lovely people. My body is still adapting the change, I guess my mind is still in Germany.  

One year was a long time but I feel like I am a different person now. Germany has made me a better version of myself. In the beginning it was hard with my friends but slowly all my friends and my family are excepting the new version of me. I am so happy and sad at the same time. In this last one year I had a different family, my international family and I miss them a lot. 

Well just to update you all about my life, I have been studying for my last years semesters exams and its really boring. I feel like learning and studying German was much easier as compared to studying for my business exams. I miss Fraukes Cakes a lot and I always crave for them.  

This one year in Germany has taught me things which I wouldn’t have learned in India. It was because I was alone and independent for the first time in my life and hence it was a year of experiences, a year of progress, a year of development and growth, a year of changes, a year of getting out of my comfort zone.  

On 28th of October, I had to say good bye not only to the people and Germany but also to the part of myself, a part of my life. I believe that I can truly never say goodbye to Dortmund because it will always be in my heart forever. On 28th October, I was really scared. I was scared of people forgetting me especially my friends and family. I was afraid that people wouldn’t recognize the new me or would not except me the way I am right now. It was just like going back to my comfort zone. It took me 1 year to get out of it and going back to my comfort zone again was extremely scary but I made it. I am trying to keep myself busy these days but I am extremely happy that I am back to my Ethan and my Oma.  

I heard that Germany is still in the danger zone due to corona but I pray and hope that all of you are safe and fine. I would like to thank all of you for believing in me and for bringing the best out of me. I would like to thank especially DIZ (Deutsch-Indische Zusammenarbeit) and Referat Ökumene for giving me this opportunity.