One would think why is it so important to learn Gujarati language, culture, traditions outside of India? We no longer live in that world. However we forget that for any tree to blossom into a flourishing tree any where in the world its roots must be deep and grounded.
Being of Gujarati descent is who we are. It’s not about learning just the language, traditions or values. It is a way of living. Most of us live this way without really realizing why and how.
Meet Vaishali A. Patel
I am so blessed to have been born and brought up in a Gujarati family. It is who I am.
I was born and raised in Baroda (Vadodara), Gujarat until I was sixteen years old. I did most of my schooling in New Era High school and was blessed with amazing teachers who instilled the love of language and culture in me.
I got to come to the US and attend high school here as well. I received my Bachelor’s degree from University of Southern California. I carry the best of both the worlds. I am fortunate to live in San Diego with my extended family. We are part of an amazing Gujarati community that surrounds us with this culture.
My children attended the Waldorf School of San Diego where the value of our uniqueness was reinforced. This love for the language and values is something I am so fortunate to pass down to others. I have been teaching Gujarati language, gujarati garba, raas and folk dances for the last fifteen years.