"When I finished my studies in architecture in Rajasthan, I felt the need to travel within my country and study elsewhere in India. So I moved to another state and, in a way, I started to feel like a migrant. At university I was suddenly the only student coming from an outer state. It was special but I needed to experience more so when I received a scholarship to study in Milan, I had no hesitation and left for Italy. That was more than 6 years ago and that I’m here now.
When I walk to work in the morning, I observe my surroundings and contemplate the differences between the cultures I have experienced so far. In Italy, I am very aware of my foreigner status. But then again, sometimes it feels nice to be an outsider, to be different.
I have been away from home for so many years that it’s hard to define where “home” is. Even back in India over the summer I don't feel at home and here, I lead a Milanese life as a foreigner... I might leave Italy someday and I am thinking of going back to India. Not because I feel a pariah here but because there are more career opportunities there.
I believe that travelling is a way to learn and to grow. I feel almost “greedy” at times because I have this urge to experience new places. I have started to have this feeling again, so I am trying to figure out where will be my new home."