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Guru Nanak Stadium turns into melting pot of cultures

Nidhi Bhanot , Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, December 19, 2012
First Published: 00:19 IST(19/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:28 IST(19/12/2012)

If one wishes to see the various facets of India, one look at city's Guru Nanak Stadium that is hosting the 58th National School Games is enough.

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Players from different parts of the country have reached the city to participate in the national school games. All these students are staying together to participate and make the games a roaring success by adjusting with the facilities and different environment of the city from their home states.

Players of Assam, Tamil Naidu, West Bengal ,Kerala, Goa, Jharkhand, Punjab, Delhi, Gujrat Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Chhatisgarh, and Chandigarh including many other states can be seen interacting and communicating with one another.

While the players from the western and the eastern part of the country are feeling the chill, the spicy and wide variety of food is placating their taste buds.

Pankaj Gogia, a kickboxing player from Assam says, "We eat rice back home though we are eating 'rotis' instead of rice but are loving the spicy food of Punjab. We take some rice and a roti which is very heavy."

A player from Tamil Naidu, Manisha says that they are loving the cold weather in Ludhiana but did not bring too many woollens, as they were not aware of the cold weather conditions of Punjab.

Players from Goa, Tamil Naidu and Kerela are facing difficulties while communicating due to the language barrier. Players from Tamil Nadu, Assam and Kerela say they are facing communication problems, as they don't know Punjabi, Hindi and English.

Problems apart, what unites all these players is their taste for Punjab's trademark 'Makki-di roti and Sarson-da-saag,' as they all want to taste the delicacy in this cold weather.

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