We spoke to Milan of The Cultural Centre, a community center in Pune, India. The Cultural Centre aims to help foreigners and Indian natives learn about each others’ cultures.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and The Cultural Centre?
The Cultural Centre was started in 2013 as an initiative of our Relocation Service Firm Prelocate in Pune. Prelocate was founded in 2009 by myself to help other fellow foreigners to find their feet in Pune. Being born and brought up in Germany to a German mother and an Indian father I always considered myself being destined to combine those two countries and cultures work-wise.
What inspired you to start it?
We noticed that there was a lack of cultural education in Pune. Hence foreigners did not have the opportunity to learn about Indian culture; and for Indians it was difficult to get to know more about their new fellow citizens and their respective cultures and traditions. The Cultural Centre aims at providing fun activities for both, which enable them to understand each other’s culture in a comprehensive but playful way.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Smiling faces after one of our activities.
What has been your most memorable experience so far this year?
In this one year there have been too many experiences to highlight only one. But I think our 2nd Junkyard Sale was the highlight so far. Noticing how successful our idea got and how much our visitors enjoyed spending their time at The Cultural Centre. That made us forget all the effort and work we invested in The Cultural Centre.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Above all travelling! In Pune, playing football and spending time with my dog Gato.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
South America! Anytime!
What are your 5 favorite foods?
Here you will notice the mix of cultures inside me….. 1. Currywurst, 2. Döner Kebab, 3. Lasagne, 4. Butter Chicken, 5. Beef Bulgogi
Visit The Cultural Centre’s website at www.theculturalcentre.in