Days 4 and 5 were both the same as Day 3. On Day 4, my cousins and I went bowling and on Day 5 we went to see “Jurassic World”, which wasn’t a bad movie. However, I preferred “Mad Max”. Yesterday, Day 6, was an amazing experience which I will never forget. Yesterday was the day that we took a trip to Nabha and the high school that my grandpa attended.
Nabha itself is pretty big for a town, but that’s because it used to be the state of Nabha before 1947, or according to the locals. When my grandparents and I arrived, we were welcomed by the entirety of the school’s small teaching staff and administrators along with many of the high schools students in military uniforms. As we walked to the school’s main event center, a small building where all the students and parents were seated and waiting for us, I saw the old building of the high school which was declared unsafe, and the new building they were constructing to replace the old one. I walked past the very room my grandpa went to school.
Once inside the event center, my grandparents and I, and the principal of the school, along with others, sat in the front of the room and were introduced to the students and the parents. The principal gave a speech in Punjabi, then my grandpa did the same, then I finally gave a speech in English talking about who I am and why I started this project. I will try to attach the video either to this blog or the website. After speaking, I sat with the students in the desks that we had ordered and interacted with them. Some of them couldn’t speak with me because of the language barrier so the English professor of the school translated. I exchanged email addresses with some of the students and gave others my Facebook profile. Most of the questions I received were what is it like in America or how I like it in India. After the introduction, some of the students wanted to take me on a tour around Nabha and see the sights. After finally convincing my grandma to let me, I walked with three of the students through the the city and learned about the history of Nabha.
After the tour, I met with some of the students again and learned their names and what they liked to do in and out of school. Afterwards, I said my goodbyes and my grandparents and I made another stop to an elementary school because we were trying to decide which school we should focus on next. This school was small and it was in shambles, and about five minutes after we entered I decided this will be the next school we help. The school is not in need of desks as much as it needs remodeling. There is no ventilation or external lighting and the students sit out exposed to the weather.
Afterwards we went to have lunch with some old friends of my grandfather and then visited some more old friends before we drove back to our cousins in Chandigarh. By the time we got home, I was dead tired and just laid on my bed the rest of the night watching movies before I fell asleep. But yesterday was an unforgettable experience and I feel even more driven to continue this project, now to help the elementary school. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me with this project because without you I wouldn’t have had this unforgettable experience and I hope that you will continue to support me as we move on the the next school in my project.