Jaan: Most of the work is performed by machines. It was a new world for us! Also, people do not pay in the pubic transports and jump over the barriers, it surprised me.
Sidhu: The lifestyle is very different. It surprised me because the people are very open and whatever they feel, they say it.
Jaan: I went to the Parliament and attended a session. Some politicians were on Facebook, or checking the Tour de France and laughing! I found it funny but also sad because they should be participating in the debates.
Sidhu: People were jumping the metro barriers. I heard that France was so disciplined with so many rules but really the rules are not always followed!
7- And the saddest?
Jaan: Some people are losing their natural connectivity with other people. They spend their time on their phones or laptops. But this is not just in France, it’s everywhere in the world.
Sidhu: I feel like the immigrants are exploited. They do the small jobs that the French won’t do. It’s an educated country but they still exploit people.
Jaan: Because of how France is represented in Bollywood and Hollywood movies, my vision of France was distorted, centered on a picturesque Paris. Now I see there are many castles, I love Notre Dame of Marseille, the architecture. The countryside is very nice.
Sidhu: Before going, I imagined that French people would all be happy and that their life would be good and relaxed. But really they are very busy and they have a lot of work. They get up early and don’t have so much time together, especially in Paris.
11- Did this trip change your vision of India? Of the world?
Jaan: In France people are less superstitious and religious and I think it gives more chances to develop and grow. One thing I didn’t like in France is that children leave their parents after their majority and don’t stay that close to their family.
Sidhu: I realized how diverse India is, in terms of lifestyle. In France everyone has more or less the same lifestyle, in India there are different languages, types of food, cultures.
Jaan: Thank you everyone for hosting us, many Tara friends in France have helped us make our dream come true. Special thanks to Pascale mam and Pierre sir for organizing this trip!
Sidhu: I really liked France. Thanks to everyone who welcomed us. It was a great chance for me. I will keep this souvenir with me forever.