Twinkling on the Road

Maxwell: Hey, Rohit! How are you doing? I haven't seen you all week.

Rohit: Hey, Maxwell! Well, that's because I've spent the last few days celebrating Diwali.

Maxwell: Deewaa- what is that?

Rohit: Dee-Wa-Lee. It's the most important Indian festival ever and it's celebrated by millions of Indians like me all over the world.

Maxwell: India? Isn't that one of the countries that's part of the One Belt One Road initiative?

Rohit: What on earth is that?

Maxwell: It's an initiative spearheaded by my home country, China, to embrace the trend toward a multipolar world, economic globalization, cultural diversity and greater IT application.

Rohit: CHINA? AND GLOBALIZATION? There's something you don't hear every day.

Maxwell: Yeah, it's basically an economic tie-up, aiming to promote orderly and free flow of economic activities and deeper integration of markets. So if countries coordinate their fiscal policies, everyone wins.

Rohit: Interesting…

Maxwell: And that's not all, its goal is to set up all-dimensional, multi-tiered and composite connectivity networks, and realise diversified, independent, balanced and sustainable development in these countries. This initiative taps into market potential in this region, promotes investment and consumption, creates demands and job opportunities, enhances people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and mutual learning among the people of the relevant countries, and enables them to understand, trust and respect each other and live in harmony, peace and prosperity.

Rohit: Wow! You're really good at explaining this stuff, Maxwell. I don't even need to be an Economics major to understand what you've just said, but which countries are included in this plan?

Maxwell: It's a long list, mostly Asian countries. Wait, I'll show you a picture…

(Source: Wikipedia)

Maxwell: And, since I've taught you something today, you can return the favour by telling me a bit more about the festival you were mentioning earlier. What was it? Dee-

Rohit: Diwali, Maxwell. The story behind it is one of the most interesting tales I've ever heard actually. Lord Ram, after winning a historic battle in Sri Lanka, returned to India. The people celebrated his homecoming by lighting up their houses with lamps. That's why Diwali is often called "the festival of lights".


Rohit: Like I said before, Indian people all over the world celebrate it. In fact, CityU held its own celebration for Diwali this year, as it has been since its Indian student community has expanded, and it was magnificent.

Maxwell: Really? An Indian festival in Hong Kong? Wow! So not only are our countries coming together economically, but also culturally? Do Indians follow the pop culture of Hong Kongers too?

Rohit: Indeed! And CityU and other globalised universities in Hong Kong are at the forefront of this change.

Maxwell: So how did locals and other international students enjoy the festivities, I mean, how did you celebrate your cultural heritage this far from home?

Rohit: The Indian community tried their best to engage students from all over to take part in the merriment. There were tantalizing performances by beautiful women and scrumptious food prepared with love, all at our very own Multi-Function Hall A of the Student Residence!

Maxwell: Sweet! All of that sounds amazing! I'll make sure not to miss out next year. My stomach is grumbling already…