May 27th 2023

Foraging the depths of a peanut butter jar one day, Jitesh realized with shock that he is now an Indian-American! Can home change? Can identity? Does love? Follow his journey as he leaves India for America in the pursuit of love and goes back to find that the hometown he missed, was missing. Will he be able to recreate what home is?
In this hilarious and introspective story, Jitesh Jaggi shares his unwelcoming American immigration process only to make everyone in the audience feel welcome!

About the Artist :
Jitesh Jaggi (@the_pun_dit) is an immigrant dancer, poet, and storyteller from India, currently living in Chicago. A three-time The Moth StorySlam winner, he also produces shows for the science storytelling organization, The Story Collider. He ended his career in Finance one day when he lost all his data that he forgot to save on an Excel sheet and realized that he just didn’t care. That tipping point led to him becoming a writer and he is currently working on a book of essays. He regularly coaches clients in crafting their personal and business stories and over the last five years has taught workshops for the World Health Organization, the American Chemical Society, and the University of Chicago among several others.

He was a keynote speaker at the 2022 international educator’s conference- NAFSA. His stories were recently played on the National Public Radio as part of The Moth Radio Hour. He loves writing bios because he can refer to himself in the third person. Jitesh will be the featured storyteller at the St. Louis Storytelling Festival in Fall 2023.

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