Thanks to my dad's job, I was lucky to grow up in different parts of India, at times moving thousands of miles from the east (Bihar) to far west (Gujarat) and to south (Karnataka). At school, we were always taught that India is a country of diversity - something that I witnessed at a very early age.
If anything, the north-east block of India (seven sister states; Meghalaya is one of them) is the epitome of that diversity. I visited Meghalaya with some friends when I was twenty, and, in my head, it reinforced the solidarity of the diversity of the country I live in. In hindsight, Meghalaya was an occasion to fall in love with India again, yet differently!