Sometimes they occur unexpectedly, they take us by surprise. I consider myself very fortunate to share my experience of such a special and unforgettable moment. I took part in an event called ‘NASA Astronaut Appearances’ where Astronaut Mike Fincke talked and interacted with participating students of a university in India via Video conferencing on 10th January 2015, marking the 6th release of the “Friends” magazine. I, being the chief editor of this well-regarded magazine, was specially invited to the NASA Johnson Space Center. I have been working tirelessly for the last couple of years in philanthropic work for my people back home, often facing obstacles and road blocks that seem insurmountable; that day, after knowing Mike and the stories of other Astronauts, of their strength, perseverance and endurance in the face of countless challenges, I pushed past my own doubt. These life stories are the enduring reservoirs of human courage and resilience; today reflecting on that incredible day, I look on in awe – at the triumph of mankind’s intelligence, ingenuity and innovation.
Ankur Bora with Michael Fincke
Friends, a globally published magazine, is an echo of the intense desire of the Non-residents, hailing from diverse parts of the glorious North Eastern States in India, to stimulate, motivate , inspire and guide the upcoming students and youths of this region . The non-resident experts and professionals from diverse backgrounds, having roots in the region, have deliberated various education and career related issues in this magazine with their first- hand experiences. The magazine is a collage of success stories of diaspora who went abroad, have made their mark in foreign lands and at the same time successfully contributed to their motherland. Experts in diverge fields spreading across the globe, have keenly taken the opportunity and have shared their unique stories, incredible work experiences and bountiful knowledge through the medium of Friends.