Penn State AID’s “Taste of India” Sold Out on 20th Anniversary
Taste of India was definitely a motivating, enjoyable event this year. As a student who attended the event both this year and last year, I saw positive changes to the program were noticeable and enjoyable. This year, Taste of India was held at Knights of Columbus in State College, where the Association of India’s Development (AID) provided Indian meals buffet-style for the entire community.
AID is an organization committed towards the sustainable and just development of humanitarian projects in India. The event set performances, merchandise on sale, and a homely ambiance. Additionally, flyers, menus, and a magazine were handed out to attendees to describe which particular projects would be funded through the revenue from this event. Last year, the event was held at State College Area High School. Taste of India conventionally provides a North Indian and a South Indian meal for one ticket, which also includes Chai, dessert, and paan for attendees.
Janak Jethva, an executive member, event volunteer, and senior in biomedical and mechanical engineering, mentioned the success of the event as a strong point. “Taste of India was special because it was the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Penn State’s chapter of AID,” he said. “In addition to mouth-watering Indian food, we had stylish Indian garments and jewelry on sale, henna tattoos, palmistry, and live performances.”
The event had volunteers from nearly every Indian organization on campus. Volunteers had traditional clothing, Greek letters, singing abilities, and most importantly, a generous and kind attitude. Janak had similar sentiments. “The turnout was incredible – we sold out of tickets for both time slots!” Penn State is committed towards raising funds for humanitarian efforts in India while spreading culture and happiness in the Happy Valley, and Taste of India is an epitome of this attitude.
Photo credit: Madison Starr