Discovery of America : 30 in 30

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The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.
—Senator J. William Fulbright

My name is Rajeev. I am a Fulbright Scholar from India.  Three years ago, I took a journey from India to Indiana to pursue graduate education. That made me fall in love with this country. I became a lifelong Hoosier.

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I live in New York City now and it’s time for me to go. Go back to India and contribute to understanding between the two largest democracies. I came to America to share my India with you and now as I go home, I will share America with my folks there.

BUT

My thirst for learning about America and Americans is not over yet. To conclude my Fulbright journey, I have a goal – 30 in 30. I want to take a road trip from New York to California and meet 30 American families in 30 days as I pass through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Dakotas, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and end up in San Francisco, California.

“It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears
is said to be seen in San Francisco.
It must be a delightful city and possess
all the attractions of the next world”

–          Oscar Wilde

The Route

I want take this message back home that there is lot of America between NY and CA. I wish to take back home, the vastness of American land and water and people and food –  between the skylines of NY and CA.  I want to learn from a family in Wisconsin, what it means to be American, what work they do, what keeps there family together, what their concerns are, what dreams they have? I want to learn from a family in Montana what they think of India and Indians and Indian food and Bollywood. The goal of this Indo-US friendship tour is to initiate a dialogue of friendship between the two massive nations. The final product will be a documentary film titled “Discovery of  America”. You can find my itinerary further below and every day I will post story here and Twitter @rajeevcinema  about my whereabouts and experiences.

I want you to be a part of my journey. To find those American families, I need your help. If you have a family or friends who can break bread with and chat with me in any of the towns and cities listed on my route, please help me connect. I believe in America, I believe in humanity. I am confident that with the help of my friends, I should be able to line up American homes opening the doors for me as I keep moving westwards.

Here is the tentative plan –

CITY/TOWN STATE STATUS DATE
Central Park, New York City NY START

Jul 12, Saturday

Harrisburg PA Found

Jul 12, Saturday

Columbus Ohio  

Jul 13, Sunday

Bloomington IN Found

Jul 14, Monday

Chicago IL Found

Jul 16, Wednesday

Madison WI Found

Jul 17, Thursday

Minneapolis MN  

Jul 18, Friday

Sioux Falls SD  

Jul 20, Sunday

Badlands National Park SD  

Jul 21, Monday

Denver CO  

Jul 22, Tuesday

Rawlins/Laramie WY  

Jul 25, Friday

Salt Lake City UT  

Jul 26, Saturday

Grand Teton National Park WY  

Jul 28, Monday

Big Timber MT Found

Jul 31, Thursday

Coeur d’Alene ID  

Aug 1, Friday

Seattle WA  

Aug 2, Saturday

Portland OR  

Aug 3, Sunday

Crater Lake National Park OR  

Aug 4, Monday

Bandon OR  

Aug 5, Tuesday

Eureka CA  

Aug 6, Wednesday

San Francisco CA  

Aug 7, Thursday

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3 thoughts on “Discovery of America : 30 in 30

  1. Hi Rajeev,

    Your journey sounds a great initiative! Just wondering if you’re keen on meeting only Native American families or even Indian families settled there?

    • Dear Rithika!

      Thanks for writing. I am interested in meeting all kinds of families who live in America and have made this country their home. My desire is to keep it as diverse as possible so I would like to meet families of various races and ethnicities , including Native American and Indian families.

      Thanks

  2. Hello!
    What a great experience. I’d love to take you to dinner in San Francisco if you gave the time. If so, please confirm. Either way, best wishes to you in all you do!

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