In my Nepalese culture, food plays a big role in bringing people together. It works perfectly in my favour since I am not the socializing type but I like to think of myself as a decent cook. So, whenever I want to make friends, I invite them over and make them a Nepalese dinner. Within one and a half hours of eating and drinking, we become friends for at least that course's period!
I had fun watching them struggle to eat with their hands, the soup dripping from between their fingers. They were all giggling and we had a great time. After nearly an hour, they managed to finish it all. And now whenever we come across one another, we talk like real friends do; it doesn't just end with a nod and a shallow ‘Hi!' Perhaps because I made them immerse themselves in a unique culture which they might never have thought existed in this sophisticated modern world.
Anukram Adhikary (Nepal), MSc student, Management, Economics and Consumer Studies