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Shiv's Story

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0:00-0:15 I’m from Mumbai, India, originally [inaudible]. Very busy, very crowded. There’s, I believe, twenty million people in that city. So I came here to study at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I came here in 2005.
0:16-0:30 I wanted to do my MBA, so I decided to apply to universities in North America, which included Canada and the U.S. I consider myself fortunate that I came to Canada. It’s a warm welcoming. Good opportunities if you decide to stick around and give the place a chance, you will do well.
0:31-0:56 I was literally on cloud nine. I was jumping around in the house, like I’m going… I’m reading all these brochures that the university sent me. So my dad had a look at… He didn’t say much, but one fine day, he said: “So you really want to go to Canada?” I said yes. He said: “Well, do you know what minus fifteen is?” I was like: “I don’t know and I don’t care.” So the deal was: “You come back in one piece after the first winter, and then I’ll allow you to go back for the second semester.”
0:56-1:14 Because I had never seen snow in my life until I came here and I remember, it was Accounting 1, the first exam in the year one MBA, that’s when it snowed, and all the other students in the residence, they knew I hadn’t seen snow, so they were ready with their snowballs, when I was walking home. They just hammered me with them. That was a fun experience.
1:16-1:37 The first difference was, there were no streetlights, coming out of the airport and all of a sudden, I’m like: “Am I in the jungle? Where am I?” Almost to the point like: “If I ruin this, I’m so dead when I go back home.” I cannot call home and say: “It’s not the place I intended to come and I cannot stay here for two years.”
01:38-2:00 So the very very first thing that struck me was that. Just driving out of the airport, and there is literally no dividers, that’s what we call back home, because there are so narrow streets. And here, it’s two lanes on one side and there’s just one line separating cars coming and going, and I was like: “What the hell is going on? Are you guys not going to bump into each other? Because there’s just one line on the road.”
2:00-2:23 Then… It was at night, so I didn’t really see a whole lot, until I got into the city, then it started resembling more like: “Ok, there’s more civilized life here, and there’s buildings and people.” Then, the next morning, when I woke up, it was like: “Ok. It’s not too bad.” Like, you know, greenery. Coming from a city like Mumbai, you see greenery in patches, but here, there’s a lot more.
2:23-2:41 I love Halifax, so there’s a nice social circle that I have, through work and outside of work. I really enjoy the fact that we get to play cricket throughout the year, indoors and outdoors. So now, when I go home to visit, I feel I start feeling better when I come back.
2:42-3:14 And it is important to preserve the stories, because that’s how you know about the history of your family, like I know a little bit about my grandparents and my great-grandparents, because I learned from my father. So he shared that with me. Culturally, their time was different, there was a lot of photogenic (sic) memory that they had, so they actually retained a lot of stuff and shared it. But with the advancement of technology now, with our generation, I may not photogenically (sic) remember a lot of things; this will be one valuable resource.  “Hey you know, I shared my story like this.”