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Priyadarshini Priyadarshini
She is the daughter of our landlord in Pithoragarh and surely one of the most helpful persons there. Thank you very much for your support.

"We" is more powerful than "me".

Where are you born? What do you like about the place/country? I grew up in Pithoragarh, India, and still live there. I like the nice and peaceful people here. For me it's like a hidden paradise because of it's scenic beauty. And I like the big amount of temples. If you go around you will find anywhere temples of different gods.

About India I like the fact that different kinds of religions are living with each other in peace and harmony. There are people from different parts of India with different colourful dresses and different customs.

Do you know anything about germany? If so, what? The people are nice and friendly. But I only know two people, that's you.
What do you like to celebrate? What is your favorite holiday or celebrating occasion? Though I am Hindu I like to celebrate christmas, it is a sign that the holidays started. At school I had the role of Santa Claus. At home I decorate the house with light, stars and we build a crib. I go to church and take part in the prayers. And we exchange gifts.

Furthermore I like to celebrate Diwali. I like the fire crackers and the fact that everything is full of light. We worship the goddess of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. People keep their doors open, that she can come into the houses.

Another festival I like is Bhaiduj. This takes place one day after diwali. Sisters worship their brothers and ask for their long life and success. In exchange sisters receive gifts.

My birthday I just celebrate a bit with my familiy.

Have you traveled before? Which was the nicest / the furthes travel?s I have traveled to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Lucknow, Delhi and Dehra Dun. Therefore my farest journey was to Gujarat. My nicest travel was to Rajasthan because I like it's weather and it was nice to see the people there. They are wearing different kinds of clothes, big bangles around their arms. Everything it was so colourful.
Where would you like to go next? Switzerland. I have heard from many people that it should be a beautiful place. And two years ago there was a couple from Switzerland in our hotel which also traveled by bicycle.
What means of transportations do you normally use? For small distances I go by foot. Sometimes I travel by car. For long distances I take the train.
Do you live with other people? I live together with 20 people of my family, six brothers, four sisters, two sister-in-laws with their four children, two uncles, two cousins, and my parents.
What do you especially like to do? Alone? With your family/friends? When I am alone I like to watch TV. When I am together with other people I like to ask them many questions about things I do because I want to know their opinions.
What event during the last week was especially nice? Once in a year I go for a picnic with my friends. This year we have been to Jageshwar.
Which event in your life was especially nice? Up till now nothing happened like this.
What would be your fondest wish? I would like to be the most brilliant student of the world.
Do you have any message or advice for our readers or us? Be friendly and help everyone who is in trouble. All people in the world should live together because "we" is more powerful than "me".
Priyadarshini, 14 years old, Pithoragarh, Uttaranchal, India.
25th December 2002.

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