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there is no way to happiness, happiness is the way
I am most happy and at peace when I am in nature. I love to go for long walks in nature and I can sit for hours just listening to the birds singing or the wind playing in the leaves or watching a beautiful sun set.
My other passion is Bharathanatyam (classical dance form of South India), which I have been learning since the age of six. Dancing makes me very happy and content and feel at one with myself.
I am very passionate about the things I do. I love to think about and ponder over the meaning of life (maybe sometimes I think too much...). I am very interested in environmental and social issues and would like to learn more and read more on these topics in future.
I am a vegetarian and I love animals (most of all my cat!!)
I hate shopping (except when it comes to books and cdâ
... is a challenge - meet it
... is a gift - accept it
... is an adventure - dare it
... is a sorrow - overcome it
... is a tragedy - face it
... is a duty - perform it
... is a game - play it
... is a song - sing it
... is an opportunity - take it
... is a journey - complete it
... is a promise - fulful it
... is love - enjoy it
... is reality - realize it
... is a spirit - prasie it
... is a struggle - fight it
... is a puzzle - solve it
... is a goal - achieve it
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I feel the nicest and most rewarding thing about traveling is getting to know people, their customs, ways of life, views on life and much more. I love to immerse into the culture of the country I travel to, try the local cuisine, listen to local music, visit temples, take part in festivals and to just sit and observe life around me with open eyes. And couch surfing sounds like a great opportunity for that!
During my time in Singapore and Bali I have been lucky to be able to stay with friends most of the time and thus take part in their lives and experience the culture not only from an outsiders ‘tourist's’ position. Now that I plan to travel to India for three months I hope to find nice hosts or people I could meet in the evenings or weekends who are happy to show me the authentic India, and not that of tourists. I love the Indian culture and would like to become part of it as much as possible during my time there.
I will be very busy until middle of July because of my final exams at university, so unfortunately, I won’t be able to host anybody before that. But when I am back from India, I will be very happy to welcome people!
Well, I am new to couch surfing... But I am looking forward to my experiences!
I will finish my Master's degree at university this July (History, English, Cultural Anthropology). Besides my studies I am a teacher of Bharathanatyam (classical dance style of South India).
I am very interested in different cultures and always happy to learn new things.
I also practice Yoga and learned to play the Mridangam (Indian drum) and I started learning the Veena (Indian string instrument). I also play the Balinese Gamalan and like to do Origami.
I studied a little Chinese and Hindi at university. I am very open to different ideas and ways of life. After my studies I want to become a teacher at a Steiner school. I love working with children.
I used to be a bookworm, and I hope to find time to read many books again after I finish my studies in July!
There are many other things I am interested in. And I would love to learn other dance styles like Flamengo and Irish Step, do photography, finally learn how to cook well (my mom cooks deliciously), try pottery... the problem is that the day has only 24 hours!
- performing arts
Music, Movies, and Books
I like to listen to music from all over the world, from Chinese songs, to Bollywood music, to Arabic music, Latino music...
I especially like fusion music, and love carnatic and hindustani music. I also love Bhajans and other devotional songs.
Other favourites are: harp and flute music, hang, celtic music (Clannad, Loreena McKennitt, Enya)
Sheila Chandra, Noa, Najma Pukar, Sting, Leonard Cohen are some of my favourite singers
I donât like horror novels or movies.
I love to watch animal and geographical documentaries, BBC adaptions of for example works by Dickens, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell and world cinema
Some of my favourites are:
Mr and Mrs Iyer, Main Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara, Water, Black, Raincoat, Bombay
movies by Zhang Yimou (like: the road home, not one less) and by Byambasuren Davaa (like: Two Horses of Genghis Khan, The Story of the Weeping Camel)
I like to read books about history and different cultures. I also enjoy poetry.
And I love to read novels! (For example by Vikram Seth, Mulk Raj Anand, Bharati Mukherjee, Shakti Niranjchana, Manju Kapur, Sudha Murthy, Minfong Ho and many more...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
It is little things that make me happy and experience the beauty and wonders of life. Just a few days ago I was awestruck by a huge and beautiful rainbow!
And I remember one incident in my life when my sister and I found a little bird in the garden. It was so weak that it could hardly move. But after feeding and looking after it for some days, it was strong enough so that we could open the cage and give it back its freedom. That was a very special feeling. I felt happy for the bird, but it was hard to let go. But I learned that sometimes in life you have to let go so that other beautiful things can come.
Countries I’ve Visited
France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In