Kunal Patil was awarded the “Best student” of IGTC Mumbai for Batch 2009-11. He was sent on a scholarship to Germany from Max Mueller Bhavan and IGCC to attend a German Language Course at Goethe Institut, Schwäbisch Hall. Kunalnarrates his experiences of 1 month at his dream country.
“As a Bosch employee, my first week was planned for visits to the various Bosch plants in Germany. I started with a small picturesque town in southern Germany, Blaischach which mesmerized me by its natural scenic beauty. People were friendly and always ready to help. It was nice to interact with people with whom I had conversed only through mails and over the phone. This helped me to become friends with them in no time. This visit was followed by a couple of other visits to towns like Waiblingen and Rutesheim. The hospitality of Germans was evident in a lot of instances and all this certainly increased my admiration for the high degree of professionalism with which they treat their people.
After the completion of my visits to the Bosch plants, I had moved to Schwäbisch Hall, Goethe Institut for my German Language Course at A 2.1 level. Besides the core curriculum, the 4 week Course was designed in such a way that I got a chance to not only learn the language but at the same time comprehend the German culture and their way of living. A visit to the local brewery and tasting the famous German beer was a unique experience by itself. Also the ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ party was something I can never forget.
Weekends were a lot of fun. The institute had organized excursion to places like Heilbroon, Wuerzberg and Ulm. I managed to get myself on the top of the world’s tallest church at Ulm and also observe the magnificence and majesty of the royal palaces at wuerzburg, a typically historical town famous for its royal palaces.
The one month in Germany has been the most enriching experience of my life because there was a lot of learning, both professionally and at a personal level.”