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Displacement

One year back on the occasion of Diwali, I was relaxing  in my countryside home, listening to old Hindi songs on vinyl records, and now I’m freezing up in Delhi winter, feeling all the more nostalgic for my culture. To give a background check on things, I’m from Maharashtra, and currently I’m in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi about 1500 km away from home. I have to say this, this is the first Diwali I’m spending away from home and it is completely different feeling altogether. So it is obligatory for me to write a nostalgic post about celebrating Diwali away from home. I would not say celebrating but living through Diwali in a hostel.

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All our adventures and journeys in the end lead to one destination- HOME!

Diwali for all Indians is like Christmas time, everybody is home, relatives and close friends visit you and you visit them, everybody enjoys sweet delicacies at each other’s houses. But for me, all I remember about spending Diwali last year, was writing an environmental-pro post on why we shouldn’t burst fire crackers and damage our own health as well as other’s sanity. Looking back at that post this year away from home, I feel different, I feel sad that I’m not with my family, and moreover I will let my anti-cracker stance slide for the moment, just for the sake of my argument. For the people of state, this festival is celebrated differently and its importance is more than any other festival, it is celebrated with much zeal and gusto.
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I cherish this particular quote by William Trevor!

Looking at the culture of Delhi, rather looking at how Diwali is celebrated at Delhi, I feel like I’m not even in India, I feel like I’m displaced away from home, these celebrations in the university campus make me feel more displaced and long harder for my state and its people. Celebration in the campus should make Diwali feel homely for all outstation students, rather it alienates me more, and makes me miss my family my mom and dad back home. Today on the first day of Diwali, I suddenly realize that I’m indeed away from home , and at the same time it makes this university campus more foreign and different than usual. On regular days, I don’t feel like I’m away from home, I do know that my home is away from me, but just that I have friends here, and it reduces my longing for home to some extent. I understand today what it feels to be displaced from home and how detachment feels like.

I truly understand what it means by,

” You don’t know what you got, until its gone”

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Precisely! 😉

Wish you all a happy, safe and prosperous Diwali! 🙂

P.S I’m sorry that I broke my promise for posting more articles than usual, but these days I have being caught up with more study and less free time, please forgive me for that. 🙂 😛

“It is wise to have good enemies, than to have fools as friends”

It was a typical Sunday afternoon, I had spent my morning studying, and was quite bored. I thought well I would watch a movie in the afternoon. For a couple of days, I always had my mind stuck on a particular movie starring Chris Helmworth, about a particular F1 race. So I went to Imbd, and found that movie- Rush. This movie is an inspirational movie, moreover it came as a surprise that I didn’t get the media attention it ought to get. The movie is a character portray of 2 F1 racers- James Hunt and Nicki Lauda, and their rivalry on and off track. This is one movie I think everyone should watch. Actually it should be watched by young adults, teenagers, and youth entering the real world. The uniqueness of this film is that though it is based on F1 racers, it shines more light on their personal lives than just fast cars and tracks. It is more of a drama film than a sports film. It taught me a couple of things that probably the 21s century would NEVER teach you- How to deal with rivalry and enmity between fellow competitors. Our 21st century teaches us to crush our enemies, so as to prove them wrong, and so as to prove that you are the strongest. On the contrary, this film taught me that there is more to enemies than just rivalry. Enemies rather competitors teach you to push onto your limits, and reach for the sky. Moreover, it highlighted the fact that enemies can make up for fake friends, it taught me that there is something more to just enmity between 2 people, there is a companionship, respect and understanding. Most importantly, this movie taught me how to take competition healthy, than just it being confined to enmity. The most heartfelt moment of the film, was its end, the monologue provided by Nicki Lauda-

“When I heard about James Hunt’s death, it didn’t surprise me, it made me sad”

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Precisely! 🙂

Well even though, these racers were competitors on racing tracks, but over the years, they developed a respect and understanding for each other, their skills, and eventually had a close friendship. The character portrayal of the 2 racers- their struggles, told me that each person in this world puts everything they have into the competition, and the competition is tough, but it is up to us, the way we take this competition. It is the attitude that makes each one of us different, moreover this attitude finally leads to the development of our personality, and the way we carry ourselves in this world.

A man with NO strings Attached

On the 6th of Jan 5 months ago I turned 20, I would like to take this opportunity to write about my journey as a child to a young adult. Until now, I have changed my residence about 5 or 6 times and not to mention the number of schools I have changed. The city where I live now, is not the city where I was born, that city is completely different. Moreover the place where I spent my early childhood years is different from the place where I spent my early teens. I always wondered how people feel when they live in the city where they are born, because I am completely alien to that feeling. All in all, I feel no longing for any place, because the place where I’m now maybe be the place where I might not be few years from now. When you change places or cities so frequently, you don’t actually have a constant group of friends, they always change as you move from one place to another.

As far as I can remember I’m used to spending time alone, not that I can’t make friends, but the high that I get exploring things on my own is a different experience altogether. Whenever people ask me about where I was from, the question automatically turns to why did you change cities. I’m  tired of giving people explanation for such trivial things. But this is my journey through this 20 years, I can say that for all these years I have lived a life of nomad. I have no affiliated group of friends because they always change, but one thing that I don’t feel is the sense of belonging to a place. This feeling is missing in my head, whenever I hear people say that we are going to move to a different city, they make a huge fuzz of it, they talk about how they are going to miss their friends, for me I’m like “meh, that’s fine let’s see what this city has to offer to me”. Since I have this missing gene for a sense of belonging, I have this highly evolved ability to adjust to my surrounding. All those people who are always changing cities will get this feeling. But we nomads develop this ability to explore the place where we stay, because that might  not be where we will be in a next couple of years.

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I couldn’t resist myself from drawing this amazing Ultron reference! 😀

As I near the final days of being not a graduate, it is clear to me that for my higher education I’m definitely going to change cities or maybe states. In all this I learned one thing, adapt to your new surroundings and the transition will be much easier. As I have said before for people like me, we know the true meaning  of change is the only constant, because literally for us that is TRUE.  Sometimes life wants you to learn certain lessons, way before you are aware of your conscience. Maybe the life of nomad was the ultimate way of life telling me that YOU ARE BORN FOR THIS. 🙂