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Shashank Srivastava

How do people view religion in different parts of the world? This is what interests Shashank, from Varanasi, India. Having gained a degree in Indian Philosophy and Religious Studies back home, Shashank came to Gothenburg in order to study the ways in which people all over the world live with religion, as well as how religion influences society.

“It’s really interesting to look at the differences which exist across our societies, and the way we respond to religions,” he explains. “Some societies are governed entirely according to people’s faith, and many people are born into a religion which will come to define their whole lives. They will never be able to renounce their faith or choose a new religious orientation – they are stuck in this role for the rest of their lives.”

Life in Gothenburg, Sweden and Europe differs from his own homeland and upbringing in a number of ways.

“Here, you can choose your own religion or live as an atheist if you wish. This simply isn’t an option where I come from.”

Shashank enjoys life in Gothenburg. Before the journey, he had heard that Scandinavians were very reserved and difficult to get to know.

“This has definitely not been the case for me. Back in India, people are always bawling at each other,” he laughs, “but here the people are really nice. I’m new here, and if I need help with anything there is always somebody on hand.”

Shashank Srivastava, India, studies Religious Studies.

Meet also Na-Rhee, Gabriela and Simon, a selection of our international students, as well as Robert, a Theatre Studies lecturer in the magazine Study Humanities.

Study Humanities - Meet five people at the Faculty of Arts in Gothenburg (2013)

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