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An Indian man's Kung Fu connections with China (2)

(China Daily)

08:21, July 30, 2013

He saved for the journey and set foot onto the country to teach English in 2002. He wanted to go home almost immediately.

"It was so cold. There was only meat to eat. And no one spoke English," recalls the vegetarian.

Nevertheless, he managed to stay two and a half years before he went back to India for his first home visit, thanks to "very good" colleagues, teachers who taught him martial arts and students who in turn asked to learn kung fu from him.

He also made it to the Shaolin Temple in Henan province, and happily learned various styles and studied weapons for a week.

Chaudhari then practiced the second creed of Jeet Kune Do, "Take whatever that's useful for you and develop from there".

The "No prejudice" doctrine was the solution to other problems.

"It's the same as my religion, Bahaism," he says. "You shouldn't look down on other religious sects or people of other ethnicity. You should be a good man for others and try to achieve harmony."

He found harmony in his new country, adopting a Chinese name that's a hybrid of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan's names. He began taking melodious Chinese music and mixing it with traditional Indian tunes.

He also fell for a soft-spoken native of Shanxi province who taught him Chinese idioms and cooked him local food.

"We think alike," says his girlfriend Ren Jing.

And, dispelling misconceptions between the two countries became one of Chaudhari's missions.

He hosts a website where people can raise questions about China or India.

"Bad news travels fast," explaining why certain images of the neighbors are not entirely true. "And I want to provide the facts (to hopefully fill in the whole picture)."

He treasures his 2010 appearance on a CCTV talk show where he answered questions about India's packed trains, marriage rituals, singing and dancing (not that prevalent at all), and also showed off his nunchaku skills and a yoga performances.

"It showed my identity," he says.

"He's a typical enthusiast of Chinese culture, honest and true," says Bai Shan, who was the program's director back then.

"He struck me with his persistence in learning about China and bridging the two countries. I'm touched."

And now, Chaudhari has another role model — the Indian doctor Dwarkanath Kotnis who helped China with his medical expertise during World War II and died in the war. He portrayed the doctor in a recent documentary and now, he too vows that "I want to have my tombstone in China".

But before that happens, Chaudhari wants to start a yoga class, produce music and act in a movie. He also wants to open a small school for rural kids.

"I have too many goals," he says.

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