Foreign Affairs: Ganesh


Meet Ganesh, in Orange

Hello Ganesh, how are you today? Ganesh replies, “I am fine just miss my family at home in India.” So tell me about your family in India? Ganesh replies, “When I was child I played with my sister and brothers. We played games just like in the states, for instance hide and go seek, kick the can, and just chased after each other getting on our parents nerves. I have one sister and two brothers; I am the baby I was born last. When I was going to school with my brothers and sister they would hold my hand making sure I was safe, I would cry a lot not really sure why, but my sibling would make it all better. They kept me from harm. We went to the public park in our area (kabban park,lalbagh, kadri park) on Sunday.” So you are very close to your family I see? Ganesh replies, “Yes very close, my brother.” Tell me what each of them does for a living. Ganesh responds, “My family is not in the best financial situation but we love each other very much. That is one reason I became a contractor taking employment overseas, jobs in India is very hard to get. Especially to find employment that will sustain a family. I bought a house for me family back in India.” How many of your family members live together? Ganesh replies, “I, my father, mother, brothers, sister in law, nephew, niece, so many. Then after I marry my fiancé, we shall both live in the same house. “ Is that a normal family nucleolus is India? Ganesh replies, “Yes, India has a lot of people and not a lot of land”

There is a special woman in your life…tell us about her. Ganesh replies,” I have a fiancé we have been dating for seven months. I know our engagement is soon, but I knew her for one year when her family moved to my area from Mangalore India. When I saw her my heart began to beat faster and faster. I didn’t know how but I knew she was the one for me. I know this is going to sound crazy but we had never talked before in person. My best friend her brother introduced us VIA Skype and our friendship blossomed into a full on relationship. Our parents were fully aware of us talking romantically and after seven months our parents arranged our marriage.” Is this normal in the Indian culture to have your marriage arranged for you? Ganish answers, “Yes.” Even though our marriage was arranged I was able to fall in love with my soul mate!” You’re a true romantic brother! Tell me something funny about soon to be wife. Ganish answers, “My finance is an engineering student, she is twenty five years old and when I am sad she holds my hand, rubs my face and makes me feel all better. She is pretty much, everything to me.” Let me tell you how it all went down. My last vacation was Feb 3rd 2012, I went home and let everyone I knew know that I was engaged and for them to attend my engagement party on the 15th of February. My family and friends were so happy for me that words could not explain. Getting married in India is a very big event! Then the magical day of February 15th came around and surprisingly, I was not nervous because I knew this was the woman for me for the rest of my life. I knew I was truly a lucky man. I took her hand and put her ring (the most important jewelry she will ever wear) on her pretty small finger and officially asked her to marry me. She said yes! I think my heart stopped and restarted several times. 😉 My family, friends and neighbors had a big party for my engagement. We ate so many great Indian dishes (Fried Chicken, fried fish, chicken masala, white rice, ice cream, sweets, vegetable curry and much, much more). Cameras were flashing all over the place, one of the best moments in my life, until I get married that is.” Your engagement photos are very nice. Ganish replies, “ Thank you very much, I would like to add that in India owning a nice suit is a real big deal, My friend Nine Livez knew I was getting engaged and I didn’t have enough money to get a custom fitted suite made. Nine Livez volunteered and had me fitted and paid all the money for my clothing for my engagement party. My family and friends commented on the suit and how dapper I looked. Thank you Mr. Nine Livez. My finance, Rajeshwari is studying Communications Engineering at Banglore University. Presently she is lecturing at S D M (Sri Dharmastala Manjunatheshwara) College Ujjire in Karnataka India.

School in India was nice for me growing up but the classrooms were very crowded and small. In early grades we sat on the floor, no benches, but when I made it to the fifth grade we got to sit at a desk or bench. I was so happy and the rooms were nicer. I had great teachers and friends, a family away from home. We learn English and other Indian dialects in school. My mother speaks Tulu, but in my school I learned Kannada because our state language is Kannada. I also learned to speak Kannada, Hindi, and English. In India one state has one language and another state has another. I am from Karnataka and my state language is Kannada. My family is from the south and the main language is Tulu. The place I currently reside speak various languages depending on their religion or castes they belong to like Hindu, Muslim or Christians. I can speak six other languages, Hindi, English, Kannada, Tulu, Malayalam, and Tamil. In Mumbai they speak Hindi, in Karnataka they speak Kannada, in Malayalam they speak Kerala, in Tamilnadu they speak Tamil in

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South Karnataka they speak Tulu, in Goa they Konkani and everywhere else they speak mostly English.” WOW man you are very smart! Ganish replies, “Thank you very much! I almost forgot I also speak Arabic, because I worked three years in Kuwait at a fuel station, so I needed to learn Arabic.” Again brother you are just way too smart!

You are a contractor in a war zone in Afghanistan. How does your family feel about that? Ganish replies,” They do not like it but understand why I have to work over here. My families are fully supportive on me working overseas and I have made a lot of lifetime friends. One friend is Nine Livez; he takes his time to help everyone on Camp even though he is extremely busy and has an important job working with the United States Army. I am sure we will be lifetime friends.”

“India has a huge population, in the past ten years we have had an influx of large corporations setup business’s here. There is a lot more construction going on, big building and IT schools everywhere. The cost of living is skyrocketing. In each state in India we have an International Airport that should tell you how big it is in India. We also have ports and railways for transportation.”

“In India national sport is (field) hockey, but most of people like the game of cricket. This is India’s most popular sport. We also have valley ball, tennis, bat mitten, and football (soccer), like lot of other games. Some of our most popular cricket players are Sachin tendulkar, yuraj singh, verat kohili, verendra sewag and in tennis are Saina nehal, saniya mirja, Mahesh bupathi, leyandar phase. Some Indians I know unfortunately love cricket because gambling and betting, has a huge market in India.”

Tell us some basic information about you that you have not already shared? Ganish replies, “Ok let’s see my favorite color is Red and Black. My favorite TV show is WWE and my favorite movie of all time is the Transporter series. I love action! I play Cricket, Volley Ball and I love working out. I have been contracting overseas for the past 25 month in Kuwait and Afghanistan. I have been to Dubai on vacation. I do not drink; my favorite Indian dishes are fish curry, rice chicken kabob, and chicken rotti. I like to dance, and I can dance he says smiling. I love listening to just about everything from my country music of India, American POP culture. I also love R & B. I love Chris Brown.”

What are some clubs you would recommend from your city? What would you recommend someone who visits your country check out? Ganish replies, “There are Indian lady bars (Kashia) (Canara) both located Mumbai. They have good dancing and many lovely women. They both have live musical bands. You should definitely checkout the Vishweshwarayya museum, Panamboor Beach in Mangalore, Baina beach in Goa, the Vrundavan Garden in Bangalore, and the Taj Mahal located in Agra in New Delhi, these are tourist locations. If anyone would like to know more about India, just check me out on Face Book.” This has been a very nice and informative interview, if you could leave the Orange Mode readers anything, what would it be besides make sure you get your Nine Livez on? Ganish replies, “First thank you and Nine Livez for everything, this is a great thing you are doing for people of the world. Second God is good, make sure you pray for others and those same blessings will return to you. Be Well!

Facts about India below:

India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by geographical area, the second most populous country, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of Bengal on the east, India has a coastline of 7,517 kilometers (4,671 mi). It borders Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burma) to the east. India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Indonesia in the Indian Ocean.

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“Ganesh’s India.” Beautiful!


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