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The First Days Project shares
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"It was a date in mid-September, 1957, when the Pan Am round-the-world flight I had caught in Calcutta reached San Francisco."
READ C.M.'S STORY
"It was just so sad because I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t know what to do... I still was just traumatized by what happened."
READ DESIRE'S STORY
"And then you come over and then suddenly it's a different environment and you don't have a single friend. I mean zero. Zilch."
READ ALI'S STORY
"My first impression was that it looked like a fairy tale... I felt a sense of freedom, though there was both fear and joy in the back of my mind."
READ SARMISTHA'S STORY
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Venugopal Menon's First Day
Edinburgh, Scotland to New York, NY (1969)
Rathi Menon's First Day
Singapore, Singapore to Houston, TX (2002)
Ellen Nemiroff's First Day
London, England to New York, NY (1948)
Rashna Batliwala Singh's First Day
Mumbai, India to Boston, MA (1970)
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