I have now lived in you for one year and it have been a memory filled time. You have thought me so many things. I now understand how important education is. In Norway I take all this for graduated. I promise you I will go back and work. India you have also showed me how important a family is. My Indian families have included me as a part of their family and I feel like a member. I love them all so much and they all have a special place in my heart. My father that says «Sunniva mera beti»(sunniva my daughter) to everyone we meet, and treats me like his daughter. My mother that never stops hugging me, and just laughs with me when we don’t understand each other. My sister that I can watch tv(all in Hindi) with for hours and not get bored, and have a dress up with saris even if we look terrible . My brother that always helps me out, and tells me he will protect me forever. My aunt and uncle that supports me and is so afraid that I am unhappy. My grandmother that talks and talks to me in Hindi well knowing that I don’t understand her, and is the one that smilies the most every time I come. My grandfather that forgets who I am every time we meet, but gets so happy when my parents tell him who I am. My school that have aspected me as student and allowed me to study with youths at my age. My teachers that have been so interested to learn about Norway and its culture, and allowed me to share my country. My friends that have made my schooldays so funny and interesting, all the jokes and free periods I will never forget it. YFU that have not given up on me, and still been there everyday for me and all the other students.
India I am sorry for all the sorrows I have given you. Now I see all the mistakes I have done, and I understand it was wrong. But at that time it seemed right. Never regret anything because at one time it was exactly what you wanted. I happy that I did chose you India and now I am not regretting it. I wanted to meet you.
Tonight I am leaving you. You are now my second motherland. I feel like an Indian, even if I don’t look like one. Your people have aspected me as Indian. They have treated me so well and I feel so at home now. Thank you to all the people I have meet in Delhi, Agra, Bareilly, Sonipat, Ambala, Gangotri and Amritsar . All of you was a part of my exchange year, and I will remember you all. My families, schools and friends in Delhi. The friendly people in Agra. The people I meet during the wedding in Bareilly. My family, school and friends that I only got a short time with in Sonipat. My days in Ambala with so friendly people that have gotten a very special place in my heart. My trip to Gangotri with so many amazing people. And my few days in Amritsar with so friendly people.
My English teacher said ones that we should never say goodbye because that means forever.
So India, see you soon.
Sunniva Saggar Sehrawat Singh Khapra