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British kite flyer feels safer in India than anywhere else!

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Mangaluru: While a fierce ‘intolerance’ debate has taken the country by storm- with a section arguing that India is no more safer and the other claiming that India is the most tolerant country in the world, here is Bob Cruikshanks, who is drawn to India year after year, only for the sheer love that he receives in the country.

This 62-year-old Avionic Engineer from United Kingdom feels that India is the most beautiful country and he simply sinks in the peaceful environment that the genuineness of the people here creates around him.

Bob, sitting in the very Port City that was recently torn apart by communal clashes says that he has never been loved so much by people in any other country. He prides on the unconditional love that he receives here, even as people around him look at him with apprehension for the very fact that unconditional love hardly exists between communities here.

“I feel far more safer here in India than in the UK,” he says leaving us a simple question that if a foreign national coming to India could feel safe and loved because of the affection that he receives from India, then it is time Indians showed that love and affection mutually as well, so that these foreign national themselves could become the brand ambassadors of ‘Incredible India’ campaign instead of some Bollywood Mega Star!

Bob is here because of the prestigious international Kite Festival hosted on the shores of Panambur Beach on January 16 and 17.

Bob, who has visited Mangaluru thrice and speaking about the most memorable experience that he has had in Mangaluru, he says that it was in Saandhiya school for the differently abled children.

He says that during his visit to the school, he volunteered to teach the children there on kite making.

“I knew each one of them would not be able to make kites, but I knew collectively they would make at least one,” recalls Bob adding that at the end of the day when the kids managed to make a kite, the result was life changing for him.

“As they broke into laughter out of glee and as they ran around the school with the kite, I knew I was carrying home an experience that I would cherish for eternity,” says Bob, who has worked in complete Avionic projects.

Asked about his next visit, an excited Bob said, “I will be back soon. Nothing in this world can stop me from coming back to this magnificent country.”

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