Avnish

Primary tabs

Photo: IOM/F.KIM

6,565 kmfrom home
"I believe that travelling is a way to learn and grow. I feel almost “greedy” at times because I have this urge to experience new places."
Avnish
Current Country: 
Italy
Country of Origin: 
India

Share this story:

"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."

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s):

 

https://together.un.org            http://usaim.org/            https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org