Four Continents – One year!

Well that has how it has been so far. ASIA -> AUSTRALASIA -> EUROPE -> NORTH AMERICA are all the continents I managed to cover in this year. Fine, it hasn’t been like covering the length and breadth of it, but then I did touch all of them in the same way Phileas Fogg went Around the world in 80 days.

Having stayed in India (Asia) all my life, I suddenly got the opportunity to go to Perth (Australia). I always wanted to go to Oz land so the offer was tempting. The time of travel was something that put me in a fix that I never quite expected. Two weeks of staying away from all did depress me but then now when I look back I liked what happened (past always is 20-20 perfect!). Then, I got married and we were off to Switzerland and Greece. All my life I had a set fascination for Greece. Just don’t ask why, but I just wanted to go there, someday. Switzerland was an added bonus. Must say, Europe is picture perfect!

Now, in the United States and I suddenly realized that the fourth continent beckons me. After having seen all these places before coming to US, I didn’t find it all too overwhelming. Back home there is this strong Gult feeling about how every other person should be either in Software or be a medico and eventually all of them end up in the United States of Ameerica! Exasperating is the single word that I can think of this. But then it has its little positives too, even my maid and dhobi wali knows that I was going to Ameerica. Well the last three times I went out of India it was always America for them. One thing that stood out about this place is that everything in this country is BIG and Size does matter here.

There were some things that I noticed in stark contrast to home. People here seem to follow the weather report quite religiously and it somehow comes true for better part. Somehow, I don’t remember ever checking out the weather with such zealous fervour ever when I was home. Could it be because of the sheer fact that the comfort of home didn’t really bother how the weather would be? Rain or shine we still go about the way we want to, or may be weather conditions or rather the cold is way too harsh to handle without prior preparations. I guess that would be a more pragmatic approach.

Whether it is a small place with hardly any history or history that dates back to before Christ era and now in practical ruins the countries I visited pride in what they have. They preserve it and showcase it so much and blow every little thing out of proportions that in one way it vexes you and on the other you come to appreciate their patriotism. It seriously makes me ponder that what I can do to make a country with 5000 year old history to take pride in itself and preserve its culture. I hope to do it in every little way I can and will continue to. It would be nice if many of our people learn to appreciate their own country and be proud of it. It is a pity that whenever I meet many of those people who live far away from India support their decision with saying that they cannot stay in a country of their birth and better part of their formative years because it has now become so over crowded and dirty and that things are difficult to be done here and just simply impossible living there with all the dust. Positives and negatives make the balance and if I as a responsible citizen do not have the courage to face it and put in my bit to improve and preserve it, then the dream to see India as a super power at sometime would simply remain a dream.

Am glad I was able to see so many places, thanks to a job that originated in my land. Hope to be back home soon.

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7 thoughts on “Four Continents – One year!

  1. Am amused with the comments. I think it may be a bit early to deduce conclusions on our sourroundings, isn’t it? I think America is blessed with all the natural beauty by the creator, and it is a large magnified version of europian and Asian colors. It is here that every action was started, inventing the light we depend on, the techniques of travel, but nothing can beat a bullock cart!!you should see the Ford museum, Einesteins home, all the old goodies, kennedie’s car etc.Including Airforce museums.Also do not miss Nayagara! It is breath taking even seen frozen!
    I think beauty and excitement in every moment of life is in the soul itself. I enjoy the rainy streets of chennai( even with fears of electric wires on top of head that scare me), the busy streets of Hyderabad and all the people (in spite of risk of being blown off) to the breath taking views of Vizag from top of the hill, to the serene stone parks in Britain and waterways of Venice (in the middle of the city) In america I think still you can see the landscape in front of you and have the thrill of appreciating a curved ground earth while driving!
    Affection, Love, these are the most sought after and will be sought after by the people of the world in near and far future. India used to be a super power in 60’s to 80’s, now I think economically it is growing, but on humanitarian terms it is sinking.
    There was a man who gave me a towel and 100 rupees in India and fed me to lunch on the banks of ganges.He is not related to me, a poor man by monies, but I never felt sooo happier with in just at looking him and his family! He says he sees joy in these things.I am glad that my hand was the one that streched.!
    SEE! God gave you the expressive power and you sure are good at sharing the wonders of this world with us. We are glad that there is a voice like yours.
    Will look forward to your pennings, and best wishes and blessings always

    Rahool

  2. @Rahool: Your comments about US are true and I totally concur with them. What I meant to describe in this post is just my first impression of this country. If and when I decide to delve deep into writing more about this country, am sure I cannot more agree with you.
    Interesting observation on India. Thanks a lot for your wishes. Wish you the same in what ever you do.

  3. Hmm quite a valid point you have there Mans! But thats the saddest part with Indians. They keep on harping about things never work right in here. India is always too filthy/crowded/indisciplined/chaotic for them.

    With the result, all of them move to “greener pastures”. Yet all have to come back to get a “good bride” for thier son, or shop from here as things are quite “affordable” here. What hypocrisy I say…

    But then, remember Infy and the shoddy lives we have had in India with Govt offices? Life is always easier if you know people in places as far as India goes. So yes, at times that become a pain in the neck…

    And also, not everything is so topsy trvy here. Kerala, was one such example. The effort those KTDC people to make sure the trip was a hit was a WOWing experience. Then again these days TV is flooding with tourism promotions from states like MP, Rajasthan, UP etc. Its heartening to see Indian Gov wake up to the 5k years old potential you pointed out in your blog…

    Last but not the least, for the likes of us who have been here for until we were “old maids”, its gonna be special ALWAYS. Was watching this new garments ad with considerable amount of intrest trying to figure out which brand it is and in the end came the well known well remembered and if i am allowed to drone on well missed “ONLY VIMAL” jingle and i had all my hairs standing on end… Simple simple things will always remind us of India and the fact that the Indianess shall never go away. 🙂

    Am I arguing on both sides of the debate? I guess I am 🙂 Go figure that…

  4. Hey Archie,
    Internal happiness, that is what every one wants. eternal happiness from and by whatever means is the crux, if we can detach ourselves deep in mind from the outward world, not ignoring it but by watching the changes with amusement will make our short lives amazing. Depression is part of life, enjoy it!!

  5. I have been blessed to have a job which gives me the chance to travel and work at the sametime. I have been to 5 continents so far – South America and Antartica are the two missing ones- hope to see them too someday in my life. How much ever I travel, I seem to long to get back to India – not that I have been to boring countries – I seen some of the most beautiful countries in the world – but always felt there are similar places in India – we just dont seem to explore closer home. I have promised myself that this time I am back in India – I will treat myself to vacation closer home – may be in the lovely backwaters of Kerala or the lovely Tulip Gardens in Srinagar!!!

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