MBBS in Georgia
There was a time when East Europe was synonymous with cold, iron-curtain geography. But all that has changed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, turning the region into a lively, free, picture-postcard destination for the rest of the world. At the forefront of this change has been Georgia, a beautiful country with a free, easy-flowing way of life. Naturally, apart from random tourists, international students are increasingly finding Georgia as a very comfortable place to pursue their career studies. Little wonder then that Indian MBBS students have climbed onto that bandwagon to lend their quest for a rewarding career in medicine a meaningful start.
Obviously, the question that nags parents and students is how safe is Georgia? This is an automatic concern for any Indian student who would think about Georgia as an MBBS or higher studies destination. Little do we know that Georgia is the fourth-safest country in the word and the safest in Europe, according to the results of a world-wide survey released this year by Numbeo, the world’s largest crowd-sourced database of quality of life information, including housing indicators, crime rates, healthcare quality and similar other statistics.
Indians also ask if food is going to be a problem in Georgia. Absolutely no. From the ubiquitous samosa and choley bhaturey to rice, roti, dal, fish curry or paneer masala, Georgia offers Indian students their everyday home cuisines. The relation between India and Georgia goes back to the ancient times and it is said the Panchatantra had impacted Georgian folk legends. Not just this, during the medieval period, many Georgians who included missionaries, travelers and traders were regular visitors to India. History has it that Udaipuri Begum, one of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s wives, was of Georgian origin.
India was also among the first few countries to recognize Georgia as an independent state after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Links between India and Georgia have never been tenuous, reflected by the fact that many Indians have set up businesses there and are thriving in the Georgian culture.
So, if you are from Kolkata or Kalimpong, you shouldn’t be surprised if you often bump into a fellow-Indian on the streets of Georgian Capital Tbilisi or any other Georgian city.
The last time we heard, the paneer-kulchey was causing ripples in Indian-owned Georgian restaurants!