A love of music has kept the friendship alive over the years. Akshay is a drummer and has his own jazz band, while Cedric plays several instruments and likes almost all types of music. "We have known each other for years and have the same interests: We both love heavy metal music,” says Cedric. Akshay has even made music his profession and is now working as a sound engineer.
The international friendship has had a long-term effect on Akshay. At the Goethe Institute in Pune, he powered his way through German grammar and now has an A2 German certificate and is working to expand his language skills. “My German has now reached level B1,” he says filled with pride. Akshay is even playing with the thought of studying in Germany one day. “I love German cuisine. The food tastes great and the beer is super.” The young Indian also likes German cars and the landscape. The German-Indian friendship has also changed Cedric. The 24-year-old university student appreciates the easygoing Indian way of life. “I feel less pressure and am far more relaxed about life in general than I used to be.”
The friendship between the two has become so deep that even their parents are close. “I still have contact with Akshay’s dad,” says Cedric’s father. In late 2016, Akshay’s father was in Germany for a meeting and stopped by for a visit to the Reinhard family on Sunday.
Friendship is important to them both: “I appreciate Akshay’s openness and how we can do a lot together. We are both very easygoing,” emphasizes Cedric. Akshay appreciates Cedric’s helpfulness. “Cedric is a good person; he always asks how I am doing and if I need anything. I am happy to call him my friend.”
Akshay’s and Cedric’s friendship is an example of international friendship. And the duo proves that even years later, TANNER exchanges can have a real effect and lead to true friendship. Akshay also says that the German-Indian friendship has made them “Brothers for Life”. “The exchange has a lasting effect on our children,” says Brigitte Himmes, TANNER partner at Freudenberg Sealing Technologies in Weinheim.