Teen Ink: 'Moving to India'

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Have you ever been the new kid at school? Imagine being the new kid, surrounded by new people...and in a whole new country. This Teen Ink article by Katja F. from Bethesda, Md follows the transitions she and her family had to go through in order to adjust and make the best of their new home in India.

"It's just a big, dirty city." The "it" here refers to New Delhi, India. The words were spoken by a fellow traveler in the New Delhi airport in 2008. He was one of many who come from the Western world to India. A typical businessman, he was speaking loudly on his cell phone. I shook my head because a mere two years before I would have agreed wholeheartedly. But now everything was different. I can't deny that New Delhi is big and dirty. What I disagree with is the "just."

In seventh grade my parents sat me down and told me that my dad had applied to a job in New Delhi, India. I was shocked, but I did not want to be the only person to raise a fuss and make the rest of the family ­miserable. So I said that although I was not thrilled, I was fine with it. Several months later I learned that my "fine" had landed us on a 14-hour plane ride, leaving all my friends and moving to a country I had never even visited.

Continue reading this article at TeenInk.com

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