Punjabis have always been recognised for their big hearts and hospitality. And keeping the tradition alive, some families of the city are playing host to foreign students under the student exchange programme. This all started from the railway station where the families extended a cordial reception to the students on their arrival.
A student from France, Marion Choufa, will stay with a Punjabi family in interior part of the city for about 10 months. Her host, Reena Malhotra, said it was a wonderful experience to get such a sweet guest at home. “She is like my elder daughter. In fact, my daughter, studying in Sacred Heart School, Sarabha Nagar, volunteered for it. We were briefed about her stay by the school authorities and she will be with us for the next 10 months. I hope she likes our hospitality,” said Reena.
Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Marion said she took admission to Class XI at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School here. “India is altogether different, but I like it. People are so warm-hearted here. Today, I wore a suit (the school dress) to go to school which was provided by my host. The food is excellent, but little spicy. Today, I had a formal introduction with the school principal and the staff. I will join the classes from tomorrow,” said Marion.
Since Marion wanted to learn kathak and Bharatnatyam, her host took her to a dance academy at Sarabha Nagar.
Five more families of the city are playing host to foreign guests.
Principal of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, Paramjit Kaur said: “Foreign students cme every year and they learn about the Indian traditions and culture. Families volunteer to keep the students at their homes.”
The principal said not many students from India opt for the exchange programme.