Where are you from?

I am from the city of Kolkata in India

What was it like growing up?

Growing up in India has given me the opportunity to get acquainted with diverse culture. Listening to Rabindranath Tagore’s songs, reading his novels, acting on Shakespeare’s plays, hearing tales about Ramayana and Mahabharata from grandma and celebrating Christmas are some of the memorable events I can think of. I have studied in a missionary school with friends from diverse cultures and backgrounds. I lived with my family who has always been very loving and caring,

What brought you to Cleveland?

I got admission in the Engineering and Management program in Case Western Reserve University which brought me to Cleveland. After coming to Cleveland, I got familiar with the place and the people here. Quite contrasting to the busy city of India, I found Cleveland to be very peaceful. Cleveland people are very welcoming too. Interaction with my friends, professors and most importantly, Global Cleveland makes me feel that every single time I meet them.

What were your first thoughts about coming to America? Did those change?

My first thoughts about America are that it is a welcoming. It did not change at all.

What challenges did you face as an immigrant transitioning here?

No critical challenges faced as Cleveland has been extremely welcoming and friendly. I am positive that I will have similar experience going forward.

What is your occupation?

I am currently a graduate student pursuing Masters in Engineering and Management in Case Western Reserve University. I have worked in an I.T Consultancy firm, TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES, for almost 4 years till May 2016

How have other Clevelanders made you feel welcomed?

They make me feel comfortable and friendly. I never feel that I have come from a different place. Even the people whom I don’t know in Cleveland and meet on my way give friendly smile and at times engages in warm welcoming conversations. I really like this and feel welcomed.

What traditions or customs do you continue to practice?

I do practice most of them like celebrating the occasions I used to do in India.

What do you love about Cleveland?

I love the place and the people who are very warm and welcoming. I have been to some of the places like Lake Erie, Downtown and the museum which I thoroughly enjoyed. Apart from the superficial beauty, loving people makes Cleveland even more attractive place due to which I decided to stay back in Cleveland.

Why is it so important to welcome immigrants and refugees?

It helps in building trust and love which I feel are the most important aspects that helps in binding a nation.

What suggestions do you have to make Cleveland a more welcoming

I feel they are already very welcoming. As I am a great foodie, I would like to suggest of some more multi-cuisine restaurants !!

Why is it important to travel abroad?

Travelling abroad gives exposure to different people from various places and backgrounds which helps in learning a lot more