The young brigade at the India Pavilion in the Dubai Expo has been on its toes throughout the day, ensuring the smooth success of events.
These Indian youngsters, most in their late teens, will be working with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry for the entire duration of Dubai Expo, for the next six months.
The Buggy Girl
21-year-old Janvi has been driving the cart to ferry delegates, including Union Minister Piyush Goyal, and other VVIPs from the Expo to the gate of the Indian Pavilion.
Speaking with India Today, Janvi said, “I have been working continuously for the past 14 hours. We are only allowed to carry water, so I am just carrying that. I was scared initially because I had to drive the minister — Piyush Goyal — along with important delegates, but I did it.”
Janvi, has been driving on the streets of Dubai for the past two years. When she was presented with an opportunity to drive the cart inside the Dubai Expo, she grabbed it!
She went through a training period of 15 minutes before she got to her duty.
The India Pavilion saw over 10 lakh visitors on its first day, whom Janvi had to drive from one location to the other.
Speaking with India Today, Janvi said, “I have lost count of the people I have ferried in the last 24 hours. I know how to drive but it took me sometime to get used to driving a cart.”
The Young Brigade
19-year-old Vansh, a second year college student, has been assigned the task of ensuring that the visitors at the Pavilion know the entry and exit points.
Speaking with India Today, Vansh said, “I got in touch with an agency which was hiring for the Expo. I wanted to gain some experience. Dubai Expo is a world renowned entity and the responsibility I have here is giving me a crash course on what it is like to handle huge events.”
He further added, “The experience is important for me, it will help me in my CV. I am learning to handle people from all walks of life and that is an incredible thing. On the opening day, I didn’t get time to eat or even sit for a minute, but I am taking all this in my stride.”
The Indian Pavilion
The India Pavilion is a hi-tech structure, a civilisational confluence of ancient India and future India.
The Pavilion is a massive four-floored structure which showcases yoga, ayurveda, literature, arts, heritage, cuisine and space technology.
The innovative facade is made of 600 individual kinetic blocks, each of which can turn on its own axis to construct a picture based on multiple themes. The installation is a manifestation of the overarching theme of ‘India on the move’ and ‘India the diverse’.
While the facade on two sides of the pavilion will have the face of Mahatma Gandhi, the metamorphosing front will depict the “constant change” and “timeless endurance” in the 75-year-old journey of the world’s largest democracy.