GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Five men from India have spent the past four weeks in Mississippi and Louisiana with Rotary International to learn about our American culture and to tour businesses related to their profession.
"I believe that the hospitality is imbedded in the genes of the people, so you all can see that I put on almost seven pounds on this one month trip," Siva Murugappan said.
Murugappan manages several hotels and restaurants and says he will take the hospitality he's enjoyed back home with him.
"I learned how to take care of guests and friends," Murugappan said.
Dr. Mukesh Edavalath is an assistant professor of medicine and has been amazed by the technology in the U.S.
"It's a life changing experience for me to learn how the people work over here, and the technologies that are used here are advanced," Edavalath said.
He has also been impressed with the people.
"The people here are very passionate about what they do and are very professional about what they do," Edavalath said.
Radhakrishnan KG agreed, "When people do something, Americans do it with passion and they don't take no for an answer. It's kind of built in their genes that anything and everything is possible and that is something we should really learn and take back home."
KG has his own digital marketing company and was interested in seeing how WLOX uses social media to interact and inform our viewers.
"It's absolutely been phenomenal," KG said.
Murugappan said, "It is truly a life changing experience for us."
As part of the Rotary International's Group Study Exchange, five people from South Mississippi and Louisiana were able to travel to India for four weeks earlier this year. They returned home last month.