1st India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017: History Begins

The morning was partly cloudy when we arrived at the Raja Bhoj Airport. Despite three long flights from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (India), the expression of our faces did not reflect exhaustion. Instead, we were happy to see new faces. Organizers and volunteers of the first India-ASEAN Youth Summit 2017 welcomed us with flowers, took us to the bus headed to our hotel and also the summit’s venue, the Jehan Numa Palace Hotel. There, we met with the rest of delegates from 10 other countries for the first time. Our skin tones and languages might be different, but there was one thing that bound us together: our smiles as we introduced ourselves to one another.

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