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Among all the events that I have attended at HEC Paris during my short stay of 2 months, the best event was the World Week. It truly unites all International Students at the Campus and makes them come together in order to celebrate each other’s culture. I come from India and I participated in the Asia Day of the overall event which extended over a week.
Me and my friends from India had huge pressure to make sure that other students like what we presented. We started discussing about the event two weeks in advance, divided work and met three times to fine tune our strategy. We had set a menu of four dishes which were Bhelpuri (a sweet and sour mixture of snacks with tamarind sauce), Chicken Tikka (which is basically chicken pieces cooked with Indian spices), Kaju Katli (a sweet dish made from cashew nut) and Lassi (essentially sweet butter milk). Our idea was to create a traditional Indian meal finished with a light dessert. Indian students wore traditional dresses (kurtas by male students and salwar kameez and sarees by female students). I felt as if I were in an Indian function. The event brought back several memories.
In the Asia event, we had presentations from India, Pakistan, China, South Korea and Lebanon. The best part of the event was the food and music. There were food stalls from each country serving amazing food and drinks. I especially enjoyed the Kheer made by the Pakistan team and the dumplings served by the Chinese team. Students came in large numbers and formed queues to make sure that the food was not over. Some students had 2 to 3 runs!
The event was nothing short of an International food and culture festival. The China Team made paper designs in beautiful shapes of flowers and Chinese Alphabets. I got a swan carved out of a white paper. The dumplings made by them were beautifully packed in jute containers filled with hot steam. There was hot pot as well where you could boil the vegetables and meat and eat it with the sauces.
Once the food was over, the DJ started playing songs from the participating countries. We danced on an Arabic song from Lebanon, Kala Chasma from Bollywood and PSY Gangnam Style from South Korea. We were all having such a great time that nobody cared whether or not they understood the songs. It was an extremely fun filled event and it was nice to have a mini Asia in the heart of HEC Paris.
I made a lot of new friends from different cultures. Me and my friends liked the Chinese Hot Pot so much that we planned to go for a separate Hot Pot event in Paris. The memories I collected from the event shall remain my favorite and it will form an important part of my HEC Experience.