A Deeper Understanding of Culture: Interview with Kruti Bhatt

For this JOU3109c assignment, I interviewed Kruti Bhatt, a classmate of mine, over the phone. After our interview I had to create a personal profile for her.

While visiting other countries, understanding its culture adds personal meaning. For others, sharing this culture is a large part of their life, whether they are traveling or not.

Kruti Bhatt, a 22-year-old student at the University of Florida, shares her experiences while traveling to India to visit family.

Bhatt and her family travel to Gujarat, which is in Central India, to visit relatives. There, she speaks to them in Gujarati, one the many languages of India. “My parents taught me Gujarati, but I learned Hindi, the official language, from movies and soap operas.”

While traveling, Bhatt was able to visit many Indian sights, including the Himalayans. “During my first trip, we went to a resort called Kullu Manali. We went hiking and there were monkeys everywhere, which was very cool.”

In India, it is very common to see animals, such as cows and dogs, roaming the streets. “As a kid it’s really cute and funny, but it is also kind of sad because the animals do not have a home. In India, it is tradition to leave leftovers outside to feed the strays.”

In addition to feeding the strays after meals, families will usually go on walks after dinner to socialize and help digest dinner, and sometimes buy ice cream as a treat.  “One of the biggest things I’ve noticed in India is that nothing is more important than family,” said Bhatt. “It is important that you respect your elders because it shows ‘seva,’ which is a good reflection of you [and your character].”

Festivals are extremely import to Indians and to Hinduism, and are celebrated often. “One of the festivals I was present for was Uttarayan, which celebrates the changing of seasons from spring into summer,” said Bhatt. “It is an outdoor festival and we celebrated by flying kites.”

In the United States, however, Bhatt and her family must celebrate holidays, like Diwali, the festival of lights, at home. “We try to go to the temple and we will put lights up around the house and turn on all of the lights in each room,” said Bhatt. “After, my mom will make food.”

Her favorite memory is when she visited the Taj Mahal. “It wasn’t as much as destination that was the best part, but the journey. There was a great field we had to walk through to get there,” she recalled. “There were many restrictions I didn’t understand [because I was young] at the time, but it was very memorable and beautiful.”

Bhatt has taken two trips, one at age seven and the other at age 12, and a third is being planned for this summer. Although it has been awhile since Bhatt has been to India, her excitement to return grows larger with time. “I have a lot of love for the country and I cannot wait to go back,” said Bhatt. “There is so much more I have to discover.”

Gainesville Construction Worker Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Chest

This JOUC3109c assignment was to create a news story based on the information given to us by our instructor. This assignment allowed us to practice this form of writing and to practice our AP Style skills.

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- Daniel Harper, a Gainesville construction worker for Lean On Us Builders, is lucky for the outcome of his unlucky incident.

On October 3rd, Harper, 52, was laying shingles down on a roof of a new home site when his nail gun jammed. He tried to fix it by gripping the gun between his knees and pulling the bent nail out. While trying to remove the four-inch nail, the gun went off.

“It was about a foot away and it went right into my chest, right into my heart,” said Harper.

Harper’s coworker, 28-year-old Jerry Reeker, heard him scream and saw him grip his chest. He immediately knew what had happened and instructed Harper to stay still as he called 911 from his cell phone.

“I didn’t have time to be scared. I just went into automatic drive and tried to get Daniel help,” said Reeker.

“He did the right thing by not trying to remove the nail himself,” said Dr. Terrell Walker, cardiac surgeon at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital. “His friend did the right thing by getting medical attention immediately.”

The nail pierced Harper’s right ventricle, which supplies blood to the lungs, and Harper went into cardiac arrest. “We closed the hole and his heart is strong,” said Walker. “His recovery from surgery has been remarkable and I was glad to be able to send him home to his family.”

“He’s super lucky,” he said. “I told him he should go play the lottery.”

Harper’s wife, Janice, said she’s really glad to have her husband home safe.

“It was a roller-coaster couple of weeks. First the birth of our grandson, then the agony of seeing my husband in the hospital bed,” she said. “He’s going to be a great grandpa, and I’m glad he’s going to be around to see his grandson grow up.”

Harper spent a week in the hospital before he got to come home. Now, he’s taking it easy at his house, and will be going to therapy to continue to regain his strength.

As for the lottery, Harper said, “I’ve already won the lottery. I’m alive.”