One year ago, I packed my bags, dreams and hopes, and came to Ahmedabad to study Economics at St. Xaviers. Oh wait, it wasn't me. One year can do anything to a person.
First and the most obvious change in me is that I started paying attention to my appearance. Dressing up, clicking photos - a lot less than most 20 year olds, but the fact that it crept in my life is astonishing enough. The geek in me never died, but life is now filled with a lot more things apart from that.
I learnt how to loose alone - if I don't do my laundry or dishes, or if I misplace my favorite pair of jeans, there's no one standing behind me to take care of those things. If I mess up, I am 100% responsible for it. ( This somehow never sinks in untill you're away from home )
I had my fair share of betrayals of course, but I wouldn't exchange it for the wonderful people I have in my life now. Xaviers is the place I was meant to be, here are the people I had to meet, and lessons which had to be learnt. It's been a year of too many "firsts" , most of which I can't put down here. For the first time in life, I felt it is TOTALLY okay to be myself.
Alliance Francaise has been another wonderful place to be in, and it has been as much a part of my life as Xaviers. So many new people, new experiences, new artist forms, new genres of music, new professions, a LOT of French and a little Spanish. (I am quatrilingual now. 8) )
When homesickness stung me hard, people to love me so much that it brought tears to my eyes. I experienced ironic joy in the hours after being locked away in the Hostel at 7 pm. ( Yeah 7 PM ) . A PG with all its freedom and comforts could not give me what a rigid Hostel did.
For a young girl from Rajkot ( not Mumbai :P ) , the city infused life in me. I know myself better, the world ( a little) better, and uncertainty of future doesn't make me worry any more.
Witnessing things and people I never imagined existed, a Heer I didn't know lived inside me, I am overwhelmed with emotions as I write this. Leaving behind my home, my people, my old life suddenly doesn't seem that huge a price to pay in return for the wonderful year here. A huge thanks to a lot of wonderful people! ❤