Its one year over in Korea now. I had come here in October, 2008.
Time keeps showing us different aspects of life and it tests us against its own test cases. Being around people who don’t speak your language is not as easy as it sounds. It took me some good time to start understanding their expressions that you usually see on face and in dwindling voice. But sometimes I feel I did some mistake of coming out my own country, own land! Not because these circumstances pose some intrigued challenges, but because I want people not to misunderstand me. I always wish not to be misunderstood instead of hoping that they understand me right and well. That’s one apprehension I live with! Though I used to expect the same in India also, but perhaps it is more prominent here because I tend to think that if they comprehend something different from what it actually is, it might be changing the image of “Indianness” they have in their mind.
So why did I opt to come here!!! With certain expectations to be fulfilled, with certain tasks to be accomplished? Not strictly. I just had come here with a very fresh state of mind, with really no expectations whatsoever. I just wanted to give myself one experience that is different from all the previous ones for the very obvious reason that I was coming out of my country very first time! It has been a splendid experience in terms of both as a professional and a person. I was very intrigued by these people, because of the life style they have. It actually developed a quest in my mind to learn what and how it is. It really helped me to diversify my view to understand different traits of a person.
To manage everything on my own, starting from streamlining my thought process in this different environment to buying vegetables for cooking food, has been a great experience. I feel good doing it and it certainly gives a lot of confidence.Above all, it feels good to see such reverberations going on in mind. And certainly time would surely come when I want to go back to my own land and do something for the people I really belong to! Since we all know this nice line from the movie Swades, which comes to everyone who is living out of India- Apne hi paani mein pighal jaana baraf ka muqaddar hota hai(To melt down into its own water is the fate of ice)!!!, I am destined to go back sooner or later!