When did you know that you were the best?
The day that I got the call to come to New Orleans, I had never been to New York City.
I had just moved there for the summer.
I wanted to see the city, the culture, the people.
But I had no idea where to start.
My parents are from Kerala.
My mother is a doctor and my father is a businessman, so we grew up around the business world.
The day I got that call, I was really nervous, and I had not slept a wink.
I said to my parents: I am not coming, I have been dreaming.
My grandparents, the oldest of whom is 95, have always wanted to come back to Kerala and help the people of Kerala.
When I got to New Jersey, I went to my family, my friends, my cousins, to say: I want to go to New Zealand and go to a country where I can get to know people and have that connection.
I was like, This is a dream come true.
I thought, I can’t do it.
I went there in February, and it was like a dream.
I met a few people, and they were amazing.
I felt like I had made a difference, and that was a big relief.
I didn’t feel like I was doing anything, but I could feel it was real.
The first thing I did was go to an open mic.
It was like an open forum where I met the kids, and everyone was telling me what they were going to do.
I could not believe how much they were doing, and how much the community cared about them.
The kids were very respectful, and the girls were just as respectful.
They had a big community behind them.
I saw the power in them, and when I started to go out and meet more people, I felt connected to the community.
I started going to the music festivals.
One of the girls in my group said to me, you are not alone, you can do this.
I told her, I am a child, I will be happy to help.
I got a lot of support from the community and people in my class.
My class used to be called the best class in the world, and this is how I was known.
The students were also very respectful and I got lots of feedback from them.
We had a lot to learn and a lot in common.
The music community had given me so much support.
I am the only girl in my school, and every other girl in the class was playing music.
I became a star.
The other girls in the school are so talented that they were also teaching me a lot about how to be a singer, and also how to become a professional singer.
The teachers used to tease me about being too young to go in music, but the music teacher used to tell me that I was a real singer, so I had to prove to the world that I could sing.
I played with the girls, with the orchestra, and in our last competition, I performed with them, the school, the kids.
I used to have the best time in the whole school.
It felt like the most important moment of my life.
It’s the first time I feel I am living the dream.
The second time I went, I said I want a second chance.
I want the chance to do something bigger than this.
In the first few weeks, I came to New New York to get married and my parents had decided to move to New England to open a school.
The school was just a one-room school.
I decided to come with my wife.
The family was very happy, and my mother said, I feel like the happiest girl in all of India.
It changed my life, my life completely.
I found myself thinking, I should be happy.
I should give back to the country, I think I am doing something good, I hope I am good enough to get the chance.
The moment I started doing the music for the school in New Jersey and then I moved to New Mexico, I wanted it to be about me.
I loved the environment and the people, so when I got there, I just wanted to give back, be an example.
I would be the first person in my family to sing, to perform, to play the guitar.
That was the main reason I came here.
I came because I wanted a second opportunity.
I took a vow not to leave the city.
I kept my promise, I kept saying: This is not a second time, this is a first time.
It has been so long, I never thought I would make it to New America.
I don’t know if I will ever go back to India.
I did not come here to be rich, but to do good.
I think the city and the culture of New York is one of the best in the United States.
I have met so many great people in