deartz on May 14th, 2016

I’ve travelled to many places but most of the time they’re work-related travels, and though I tried to mix business with pleasure, it’s hard to fully enjoy the place and the experience because of the workload and lack of companion. So, if I’ll be given an opportunity in the future to have the time and resources, I would like to bring my entire family to the place where I think all of us will enjoy most. I’ll need to make sure that I cover everything, from choosing the international airlines to arranging the accommodation to planning the itinerary. Of all the places that I’ve been to, I’d like to go back to France with my whole family. When I was in France several years ago, I’d visited several places and saw some sights. I know that my family will love to visit and see them.

I think a perfect vacation begins with the perfect reveal. I’ll surprise my family with tickets of Air France Airlines. I’ll just hope that my timing is perfect and that they’ll drop everything on their plate for this vacation to happen. Usually, when the entire family goes for a vacation, it is a chaotic event, a usual recurrence when there are many people in the group, though it is always a nostalgia to remember. So this time I’ll try to lighten everyone’s burden so that there will be no forgotten keys nor unnecessary arguments. How I’ll do this will definitely be a big challenge for me.

Eiffel TowerMy family is a big art lover, so once in France, several visits to museums are a must. Based on my experience, I’ll arrange for the museum pass early on to avoid inconvenience. I’ll try to avoid bringing them to crowded, common tourist attractions, but I know they’ll object if we skip the Eiffel tower. I like the public transport in Paris, it’s incomparable to India, so perhaps I’ll also take them to different parts of Paris via subway. And while we’re at it, shopping must be on the list too. Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world and home to several famous designers, so I’m sure that the women in the family will go gaga, I’ll just hope that they’ll not burn my pocket 😀

When I was in France, I saw how the French spend their free time. One of the memorable images in my mind was the two elderly men sitting on the balcony with glasses of wine in hand while the rain pours. It really etched my memory and made me crave to have the same experience. That scene loudly spoke to me and showed me how I would want to spend my spare time. I want my family to see and experience the same, so perhaps by seeing first-hand, they’ll be encouraged to let life set loose from time to time. And of course, that includes enjoying good food and wine, along with the company of all the dear ones in my life.

So, with all things planned, I set my goal on fulfilling them. For when I’ll achieve this perfect Yatra, only God will tell. I’ll just hope that it won’t be too long and too late. For now, I’ll give them a small vacation treat as a start. Time to pack the bags, load the car, and go on a Yatra.

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deartz on March 20th, 2015

For every one of us, there comes a time that we #StartANewLife, take that bold step in life which is the impetus of the changes in our adult life and the determiner of the kind of life we live now. For some it’s as early as after college graduation and for others as late as after their fathers kicked them out of their doors, but the result is the same, we step out in the world full of excitement and fear. Excited of what the world and future offer, and afraid of what the world and future put up. However, for whatever its worth, we thread that path and continue until we learn to survive and eventually thrive.

In my case, I was among those who learned to discover the world at an early age. As soon as I finish college, I grabbed the opportunity to practice my trade away from my hometown. At first, the intention was to be a transient, but of course life doesn’t always give you what you want. My plan of going back home and to permanently stay there after a couple of years was until now, a plan. Unfortunately, work opportunities in my native place were scarce, so up to now, although I miss it terribly, going back home is only for short stays and holidays.

While I miss my native place, my adoptive city has been very good to me. It is the place where I grew personally, professionally, and morally. Like any other places, there are bad things here, like heavy traffic and ridiculously high prices of commodities, but the good trumps the bad: the locals are tolerant, economy is good, and weather is the best. I was lucky to have chosen the good city to start a new life. For someone fresh out of college, it would have been scary to stay alone in a city unknown to me. But the good thing of starting out a new chapter of life was the anticipation of what happens next, since it was always new and unknown, there’s always this kind of mixed feelings of highs and lows. Every day was always an exciting day! From choosing my first independent rental house, meeting my new neighbours, buying my first gas stove, cooking my first complete meal, inviting new colleagues for a dinner at home, or roaming around the city, bargain-hunting for my furniture, there had always been something new that came up. I liked how starting a new life brought many adventures, it was actually the start of much more adventures that I had.

I’ve been living in the same city for more than a decade now, and also rented several houses, but every time, it was always in a good neighborhood. Choosing a place to live is not easy; there are many things to be considered before finalizing a rental, much more a purchase. I was lucky that the places I rented were constantly well, even the plots I bought are good too.

#StartANewLife looks to be scary but with determination and courage, it’s actually quite exciting, so go ahead, don’t be a scaredy cat, #lookup to it.

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