DELHI India -- A young Indian
student has described her experiences of Moscow and the
Russians love for India, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.
"I didn’t know the single word of Russian; but people are so
welcoming in Moscow."
"When I came to Moscow, I didn’t know the single word of
Russian, but the people here were so over welcoming for us
Indians," recalls Utkarsha Sharma, a bright young university
"For the very first half an hour, I was very depressed as
I didn’t know anything and the people don’t speak much
English but later, I fell in love with the country and the
"In October, 2015, I landed at Sheremetyevo airport, got
off the plane, looked around and found everything surprising
because of language issue.
"But I reached my hostel, registered myself, and
completed all the formalities."
Soon she settled down.
She visited the famous Red Square for a walk and enjoyed
"Moscow looks new, with apartments all around.
"This city is much cleaner.
"We go to clubs, but very rarely.
"When I was coming to Moscow, people in India use to say,
it is dangerous.
"They warned me not to stay out long at night in Moscow
but nothing bad has happened so far, said Utkarsha.
"When you choose to study abroad, especially where
you have the language barrier, trust me, it is one of
the most difficult decisions to make.
"My mindset was totally negative for Russia before
but after staying here, this place, it is more than
HEAVEN for me.
"I have lived in UK for almost three years and I was
never attached to that place like I am with Russia.
"My university people, hostel friends and my teachers
are so good and so helpful.
"I found myself very lucky that I got this
opportunity to study in one of the most prestigious
university of Russia, Bauman Moscow State Technical
"I am studying Masters in Management.
"This university is one of the oldest and one of the
best universities in engineering, rocket science, Nano
technology and more.
"We are only five Indians studying in the university
and the total strength is, around 23,000 and I don’t
"Food was never a problem for me here though I am a
vegetarian," she said.
She believes that Moscow is one of the best and safest
places to live.
The size of the Indian Community in the Russian
Federation is estimated at 14,000.
The Hindustani Samaj is the oldest Indian organization in
Russia. Set up in 1957, it has been in the forefront of
social and cultural life in Moscow.
It works in close co-operation with the Indian Embassy
and maintains cordial relations with other Indian
organizations in Russia, which include the Bhartiya
Sanskritik Samaj, Brahma Kumaris, ISKCON, Gurudwara
Prabandhak Committee, Ramakrishna Society Vedanta Centre at
Moscow (with a branch at St. Petersburg), AMMA, DISHA, the
Indian Business Alliance, and Textile Business Alliance.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre encourages
participation by the Indian community in social,
cultural and other events and provides opportunities for
bringing them together on a common platform.
An Embassy of India School in Moscow is affiliated to
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathana in New Delhi with its
staff on deputation from India.
Apart from the children of Indian Embassy officials
and other Indian nationals, some foreign nationals also
attend this School with classes from I to XII and has
"Russians are very much fond of Indians.
"Russians do watch Bollywood movies and I have met some
Russians who are learning Hindi and Indian classical dancing
as they love our culture and tradition.
"Bollywood stars, Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Mithun
Chakrborthy are very famous here.
"There is plenty to do here to entertain oneself.
"I always go for a walk in my free time.