It was a dream that started on 24th Dec from Mumbai and ended on 12th Jan in Mumbai itself. I still consider it a dream because I spent those 18 days with total strangers but surprisingly didn’t feel so at all. Rather now I feel those days were one of the best phases of my life. This only happens in Indian movies or dreams. While writing this entry, I am thinking if I should tell you everything and if I do, would you believe it or not? Or you will think that I am just trying to make this entry interesting! And honestly speaking somehow it is difficult for me to describe everything.
I was somehow perplexed when I got the confirmation for this Yatra as I am a person who does like mingling with people but also knows the importance of being alone. I was in a dilemma as to what type of people I would be meeting and whether they would be able to adjust with me due to my stubborn nature or not! ( Ya! One thing that was good was it was a no smoking and no drinking train. So, I didn’t have to give lessons on this front to others). Many who considers me just as a bookworm would be amazed to listen what all I did on the Yatra.
Truly it was once in a lifetime experience and believe me guys I am repeatedly saying it because of those who made this yatra memorable to me. Yes! This Yatra was also about India and its plight and it did help me understand few lessons that India is far more complex than we can imagine. I realised I have to stop making excuses and start working on my part, things would fall in place once you are determined for a job.
I really don’t know how much others gained from this Yatra but for me, the learning was immense and that was not just from the role model but also from my fellow yatris who were from such diverse background and hobbies with varying struggle stories and interests.
We all knew it very well that we were strangers and did not know each other, we were not sure if we will ever be meeting again but still we spend the time like we knew each other very well; like we are friends from school time and this Yatra was just a platform for our reunion. I personally started to feel alone when I used to see someone dancing and I was away from my ‘shiela gang’. I used to search for some beautiful girl whenever I had to find my friend Nikhil or faci Arhant. I felt bad for sunny at times that he was unable to do his business during this Yatra and Mukta as I already told you if l had a sister and I was in a position to make a decision to spend rest of my life with someone then I would be proposing her there on . I found my little brother in the Yatra who didn’t know hindi and while he is just 12 he can defeat many from age group of 20’s also, my small sister who thinks she is the most intelligent and no one can cheat her while she has just opened her eyes to this world. I do know that both of them are very intelligent and a great future is in front of them but still…
I don’t know why! I am not a person like who talks like this, cares for others, but this Yatra made me feel somehow different .I met with a bunch of people whom I would really like to have in my real life, the enjoyment I had…I would like to have it every day…the discussion I had…I would like to do them everyday…..and the best part was the morning call…….I would also like that to happen everyday…because I know that after this Nikhil would be playing his playlist and before the song being played he will tell us which one it is going it to be…
But yes! I do know that dreams never come true and that’s the true reality with which we have to live for ever..But still one thing is sure that it would be my most precious dream and would ever remain so… and I will put in my whole strength to make it come true…every bit of it…and would be requesting god for the next 18 days where I would be again with you all…Sunny,Rahul, Nikhil, Manoj, yogesh, Abhinav, anup, jaya,dhruva,mukta, krushnali ,Leena, prashant doc, Irfan, Ketan and many others!!
Yatra—indeed a great experience!!