That’s right, we had a great party on Saturday night, the official “Freshers’ Party” for Indians, hosted by the Cornell India Association. So the CIA (no, not that one) is the news again, two days in a row.
The Big Red Barn is the perfect place for this kind of get-together. The first item was a very good way of getting people to mingle: you pick up a chit that gives you a word or a phrase, and form groups of five with others who have related phrases. In any case, I’ve noticed that people introduce themselves and talk much more freely with others from their own country, now that they are in a foreign land.
To me, this is both a good thing and a bad thing. When we are united by a culture and an ideology, we also proclaim that we are different from all others. A sense of unity at any level prevents us from having the same feeling at a higher, perhaps universal level. People from different states or cities group together when they are in their home country, but the distinction of state or city is seldom considered when they are in a foreign land. If everyone felt the same way back home, how much better our country would be!