Peer Insights: Hometowns

Updated: Feb 25, 2019


MBS students are from all around the world. One common thread is the passion students share for their hometowns. It is one of the questions we ask almost all of our participants in one form or another, because it gives true insight into what's important to them. We love the authenticity our peers show in these responses, because it reflects that reality that some people love their hometowns, while others have different relationships with the place they grew up. Have a read below of some of the answers your peers gave us.





Deeksha Kapoor - New Delhi, India

I hail from the national capital of India, often what is termed as “Dilwalo Ki Dilli”. My love and connect for my city has only grown stronger. What often gets missed in the imperfections of “pollution, pot-holes and snake-wriggling traffic jams” is the “immense warmth, love and ‘a gazillion memories’ this city gives you. What cannot escape the list- some of the most scrumptious cuisines in the world.


I would probably sum up my experience of growing up in Delhi is what I say “Colourful & Enriching”. I am indeed fortunate to have experienced the privileged side of Delhi while at the same time, have been grounded. I owe this primarily to my grandmother, who ensured that despite the privileges I got in terms of having a sound education and other facilities, I would have the sensitization towards the lesser privileged sections of society. I can only sum up my experience as “You can definitely take the girl out of Delhi, but you can never take the Delhi out of a girl”.


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Essi Lesonen - Oulu, Finland


What a lot of people don't know is that Oulu is the "silicon valley" of Finland. A lot of IT companies reside there and there's a lot of high tech skills and knowledge in the region. Also, there's a pretty big sandy beach (Nallikari), that's almost as good as the beaches in southern Europe. Yes, there are beaches in Finland too!


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Huimian Wang - Hainan, China


Firstly, in the sense of demographic, I am a Chinese minority ethnicity known as the "Li" nationality which are the indigenous residents who inhabit the Hainan island and account for only 0.1% of the total population in China.


Growing up in a small tropical island also makes me feel a bit special culturally, especially when I moved to big a city like Beijing. Hainan is very chill, slow-paced and with lovely local people and food. It used to be a simple fishing and farming province until 2010 when our government started branding it as the "International Tourism Island ".


Although my hometown is now looking totally different, my "chill-islander" personality has shaped, I'm easy-going, laid back, and like joking about everything and good at coping under pressure..maybe that's why I chose Australia for my post-graduate study destination? However, different from most of the "islanders" like my family, I'm more "ambitious" and am not ready to settle down, always trying to challenge myself. For me, the further from home the better I feel——I have been away from home since I was 12, and I barely feel homesick because I am already so used to it. But I do feel "foodsick" from time to time when I think of those tropical sugary fruits and high-quality seafood.


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Luca Bonelli - Cuneo, Italy


I grew up in a small mountain town where you always see the same faces, where everyone knows everyone else and you’re always “son of”, “nephew of”, “cousin of” and so on. Even though I love Cuneo, I think that most of the people are narrow minded and sometimes judgemental. The reactions during adolescence could be one of two: you throw yourself down or you react, becoming a strong person who doesn’t care about others judgements, who isn’t afraid to make mistakes and to learn from them, who “thinks outside the box” and isn’t afraid to go with it. Lots of the people I used to know still feel all the eyes on them and they wear masks to follow canons the imposed by the majority, hiding their true personality.


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Aashka Vaidya - Muscat, Oman


Through life, I’ve moved locations so many times that I’ve now realised that home to me has always been the people in my life. No matter where I go, when I meet the right people, the place starts to feel like home.


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Sumit Paatni - Ichalkaranji, India


I hail from a small town called Ichalkaranji in the Kolhapur district in the state of Maharashtra. It’s one of the premier textile centers in the country. It’s is also famous for the authentic spicy Kolhapuri food.


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Ayonti Huq - Daka, Bangladesh


Growing up, I was a quirky little kid who would get excited about almost anything from

flowers to spiders. I studied under the British curriculum but my parents made sure I had ample exposure to our native history and tradition (including our unique art, culture, and architecture) and this really helped me build up my creative base. Also, the advent of rapid economic development in Bangladesh began during my childhood years and the effect it had on the country’s social and demographic structure is definitely an interesting chemistry I get to observe as well as be a part of.


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Iraaj Gupta - New Delhi, India


My hometown, New Delhi, is the capital city of incredible India. Most of its residents, including me, end up having a love-hate relationship with the city, But its charming culture, food and quirks act as a magnet the pull you back towards it. What makes it special to me personally though is my family, friends, my dog Toby and home cooked Indian meals!


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