Daughters of a good friend are in Singapore for their summer internship. They visited us for dinner recently. The elder one displayed a remarkable clarity of mind that is worth sharing and emulating. She went and did a 10-month course cum stint in France. Chose to stay in a hostel only with other French students, despite not knowing any French. She felt that that was the only way she was going to gain rich experiences and insights into another culture and another set of people. She deliberately avoided the comfort of being with fellow Indians. That is her advice to others going overseas too. When asked if it was not very difficult, she said that she knew it would be and that one should be prepared not only to make conscious choices but willingly accept the costs that come with it. Bravo!