Dr. Namrata GR Raut
We are human beings guided by emotions. We express happiness, joy, sorrow, jealousy, anger, and many more. One thing that always gets noticed even if there is no language is human emotions. You can smile at a kid and even if they don’t know your language, they will smile back at you. It’s that simple. Whenever we are out on our own, the first thing with which we start to converse is a smile. It helps to build up a setting for conversation. This is very crucial. Even whenever you are out of your home, or country we try to make those human connections. It’s always soothing to talk to people and share your day-to-day things, it’s relieving.
Coming to the USA from Nepal is a journey and sometimes we want to take a step back and talk about the culture and traditions we were born with and want to re-live those moments. I was fortunate to get in touch with the Association of Nepalese Teraian in America (ANTA). This is the oldest organization that focuses on the folks from southern Nepal, comprising folks who speak maithili, bhojpuri, awadhi, bhajikha,tharu, and other dialects that are spoken in southern Nepal. ANTA does so many programs that focus on the upliftment of the health, and livelihood of folks in southern Nepal and they also showcase the culture, and tradition of southern Nepal here in the United States of America. I really feel proud that it has given me a sense of belonging. Had it not been standing on the shoulders of this pioneer who established this, we wouldn’t have come this far where now people don’t directly address us as dhoti/bhaiya/madhesiya etc… subtly it still exists!!!…just saying.
Human emotions not only include joy and smiles, but they also include disagreement and differences. ANTA has faced that too. Keeping all those behind, last Saturday dated 10th June, 2023, ANTA hosted its annual general meeting in Lexington, KY under the leadership of Dr. Mridula Gupta which was graced by some eminent leaders from different organizations and veteran ANTA members like Mr. Rajesh Shah, Mrs. Aprajita Mishra Jha (immediate past president), Mr. Sahil Khan, Mr. Arbind Jha to name few. Some of the founders also joined the meeting online. Apart from celebrating achievements from last year and addressing hiccups on the way, the best part was raising the funds for scholarships and celebrating the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) awardee Mr. Saurav Chaudhary, an incoming freshman at Ohio State University (OSU). Dr. Gupta has always been passionate about promoting and bringing youth to the organization, and this was her attempt to showcase young enthusiasts in the organization.
The young leaders from ANTA also showcase their talents in the cultural events that were the main attraction for the afternoon. The press release can be found on the ANTA webpage and other social media platforms. Dr. Gupta along with her team (Mr. Tauleshwar P. Chaudhary, Mr. Dinesh Mandal, Mr. Prabhat Kr. Jha, Mr. Santosh Sah, Mr. Nasim Ansari, and others)successfully concluded the meeting on a positive note, and set up an example of how we still can join hands and work for the greater good keeping our differences behind.