International Students

2019-05-21 00:00:01

PhD Student from India Teaching Yoga When Not Writing Dissertation

imgp8229 PhD student Karan Choudhary from India, an exchange student from Delhi's National Law University, is not only busy writing his PhD dissertation, he finds time to share his cultural heritage and teach yoga to students at Mykolas Romeris University (MRU).

"We see yoga as a way of life," said Choudhary. Known for his enthusiasm and sunny disposition, he has been practicing yoga for the last 10 years.

"My enthusiasm comes from yoga," said the lawyer who also plays the guitar and runs to stay in shape.

Although he had studied medicine, he changed his major and switched to law. He said it was a way to "influence a larger population."

Choudhary is writing his PhD, "Law and Policy Framework in Terms of Language Endangerment." It is an in-depth look at languages on the verge of extinction. He said it's a study of laws for evoking a suitable framework for India.

He said his primary motive in conducting research in Vilnius was that he wanted "input" from Lithuanian society.

He came to MRU to conduct research after he was recommended by his University. "It's sort of an enigma for me," he added.

The lawyer added that he knew Lithuania was part of the Baltic region and that the Lithuanian language is an Indo-European language.

"I love traveling. For me, travel broadens your horizons and it's the best way to learn," he said. "A visit to Vilnius was for me a bouquet of new experiences," he said.

He does not eat meat, but professes a love for Lithuanian curd snacks, "sūreliai" with cottage cheese. "I like Lithuanian dairy products - milk, butter and cheese, he said.

In Vilnius he finds fruits and vegetables to eat. "I can find buckwheat here. It's the first time that I ate buckwheat. It's very easy to make," he said.

Choudhary has nothing but praise for MRU and Vilnius.

"I have met many good people here. I am lucky. This world is very beautiful," he added.