They say life is a collection of stories, stories of your memories, your relations, your experiences. Well, I’m about to bookmark volume 1 of these stories, the past 23 years of my life, put it in the bookshelf of my heart and make a new beginning to a new volume of stories! In 2 days I will have moved to Australia!
As a child I was introduced to a Sanskrit term by my grandmother – ” Vasudaiva Kutumbakam” – ‘ the whole world is one family’. It stayed and sowed the seeds of a dream of travelling the world. The whole idea of travelling “sata samudra par” – Marathi phrase for ‘far far away’ literally meaning ‘beyond 7 seas’ seemed so fascinating to a dreamy child. I dreamed of being a sailor sailing to new shores, a pilot flying across the world!!! As the child grew to a boy, the dream started taking plans and now its on the verge of becoming a reality!
For me its a new beginning in the literal sense! I do not want to be a traveller out for sightseeing. Being part of a family means assimilating. There is a old legend about the first time Parsis [Zoroastrians] arrived in India. When the Zoroastrians requested asylum, the local king motioned to a vessel of milk filled to the very brim to signify that his kingdom was already full and could not accept refugees. In response, one of the Zoroastrian priests added a pinch of sugar to the milk, thus indicating that they would not bring the vessel to overflowing and indeed make the lives of the citizens sweeter. The king gave shelter to the emigrants and permitted them to practice their religion and traditions freely. This has been the foundation of my dream. To be like them, wherever I go in the world. To become a part of a new culture, I will have to learn and accept its customs and traditions, to learn the language as if it was my own mother tongue. Heck, I will have to develop a new sense of humour! I feel like a new born all over again!
To put my life till date on hold, to make a new start has been a numbing process! The tug of war my heart has been through between my dream and an ideal life I’ve built for myself has been truly testing! You cannot express your feelings to the people you love. Once let go, the river of emotions is difficult to dam! Yet with all the memories, all the love of loved ones, I embark on this journey to live my dream. And its just the beginning of a long journey beyond the 7 seas! Hello world! Here I come!!!!