Jay Jitendrabhai Bhaidasna is from India and has been studying at ELCLA for 13 weeks in the semi-intensive plus program. Jay’s outgoing personality has made him popular with students and staff alike! He is also a great cook! At one of our potlucks, Jay made the most amazing Indian curry that the staff could not stop talking about. A lot of our staff even went back for thirds!
Where were you born and raised? Give us a mental picture of the place(s).
I was born in India. It’s a pretty good city, same as West Coast Los Angeles, near to the beach.
What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies?
I just like to hang out with my friends and read some politics all the time. I love to try new restaurants and new food. I have tried Italian and Mexican here. My favorite type of food is Thai and Italian as well. My favorite food is eggplant parmesan.
What is your profession?
I am an electrical engineer. I worked for one and a half year in India at a power plant. I was a senior electrical engineer over there. I have done my Master’s over here at San Francisco State University as an electrical engineer.
What are all the ways that Los Angeles is different than your city/town?
Well it is a city of dreams where you can accomplish all your dreams. You can learn about art, music, Hollywood movies, and it is a fun city. My city is completely non-alcohol. No alcohol at all, no bar, and no clubbing at all. So it is a pretty serious state. We call it a dry state. I love to have occasionally alcohol over here so it is fun.
What were you most surprised to learn about the US or Los Angeles? Did you experience any culture shock?
Indian culture is very conservative and over here you are free. You can do whatever you want to do and no one is going to stop you. Everything is up to you. You can be independent in your life.
What are your top three favorite places in Los Angeles?
Six flags magic mountain, Beverly Hills, and Pasadena.
What are your plans after ELC?
I’m out here to do my doctorate but I need to be very proficient in my reading and writing class so I can read theses in a very formal way and can talk on stage. After I am done with ELC I will go to UCLA to get my doctorate. I will hopefully get my doctorate next August.