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Bridging Diasporic gaps: MoS External Affairs and MoS for Culture Hon. Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi Ji graciously launches International Desi Website

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

– J.P. Morgan

After her own relocating and traveling experiences for studies, work and pleasure for decades, Ms. Sandhya Jane recognized these diasporic setbacks, and launched an online platform in 2018 to bring the Indian community together in Hong Kong and promote India in possible way. This platform was supported by Mr. Puneet Agrawal, then Hon. Consul General of Hong Kong via website, whatsupApp and telegram groups, social media and city guide.

After testing initial success in publishing Hong Kong Guide for two years, International Desi now extends the services to other cities such as New York, Tokyo, and London. These are not purely a directory, but a guide that provides information that are presented after extensive research by various sources, experts including firsthand experiences from the members.

Here is the link to previous copies of Hong Kong Guide – https://issuu.com/hongkong.desi

The International Desi platform has now found its global gateway with the launch of their official website International Desi (https://international-desi.com). The website was launched by the Minister of State for External Affairs and the Minister of State for Culture Hon. Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi at her office in New Delhi on 24th May, 2022. Launching the website and voicing her support for the initiative Ms. Lekhi said, “I firstly wish my warm congratulations to Ms. Jane and her team for this website. Initiatives like International Desi, help our people to stay connected. At a time when our diaspora is increasing its base outside the country, providing logistical, and emotional support goes a long way. Such platforms keep our hearts connected to one another irrespective of the physical distance.”

International Desi is a unique community venture, which offers a wide range of useful information and services to the Indian diaspora that includes news, local services, employment, business, exclusive services for parents and relatives living in India etc., under one umbrella. This way, the community stays connected culturally, socially, emotionally and professionally as well.

It also aims at connecting people with reliable third-party service providers such as legal assistance, housing, healthcare etc in India as well as outside. For that, International Desi will also host a series of events to expand the outreach of Indian culture. Most of all, it serves the purpose of connecting Indian communities around the globe and challenging the growing issues of foreign alienation and loneliness.

Ecstatic about the launch, Ms. Jane commented, “I would like to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi ji for taking out the time from her busy schedule to launch our website. The idea behind the website is to ease the adjustment and shifting processes, as well as living in new locations. Leaving home can be a distressing change and finding yourself in a completely foreign land has led many of us to feel homesick. The goal of International Desi is to bridge this gap and ensure that it feels like home wherever we are. We offer a full range of services including business expansion and ideation, cultural exchanges, and even leisure resources. I hope the website serves its purpose and fellow Indians who plan on moving across oceans can do it with no hassles.

Now, we are also planning to help the global Indians to reconnect back with their families and friends in India and try to arrange the support in their absence, so they can remain focused in their careers. Initially, it will be done through a third party.”

Ms. Jane also extended her gratitude to Dr. Gyaneshwar Muley, former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, who was present at the launch event.

So, let us live with an idea – “Happiness doesn’t have just one address.” -Anonymous



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