Our Global Differences series presents real voices of people from across the globe telling us about their own countries, and the differences between these and the UK.
In this month's post on global differences, we hear from Abhimanyu Divakar, a biomedical engineering graduate from Kerala in India.
Name: Abhimanyu Divakar
Job / Profession: Biomedical Engineering Graduate looking to find a job
Home country and town: Kottayam, Kerala, India
Native language: Malayalam, English
How long have you been in the UK?
I have been in the UK for two years. I graduated last year, still didn't get a job. So trying to find one soon.
What was your first impression of the UK? The people of UK are way nicer than outsiders portray the UK nationals. And they have serene scenery.
What did you find was the biggest difference between here and your home country? The biggest differences were the people and culture. British people are more welcoming than I thought. The cultural dynamic of both countries are so different.
What is the biggest misconception people in the UK have of your country? The biggest misconception would be that a lot of people in the UK believe that India is still poor and we eat only spicy food
What’s the one place you’d say we have to visit in your country? You should visit my home state, Kerala! in my country. The best state in the country. You can google it! I have been to other parts of my country and those are pretty good too, but nothing beats my homeland. It's a small state to the south of India. Best scenery, best food and best people!
What’s the one dish or meal you’d really recommend? You have to try the porotta and beef fry! Available everywhere throughout Kerala.
And do try the local naturally fermented alcohol called Kall(u) (Malayalam for Toddy!)
What’s your favourite word in your own language? What does it mean in English? 'ഗൃഹാതുരത്വം' (Grihathuruthwam) in Malayalam means 'nostalgia' in English!
My favorite phrase would be, ' എനിക്ക് നിന്നെ ഒത്തിരി ഇഷ്ടമാണ് ' (Enikku Ninne Othiri ishtamaanu) which literally means 'I love you soooo much!'
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