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The “Think” Trail

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My first year at BITS had almost finished when I got a call from my Dad saying he had been posted to Delhi. While I was glad that I’m going to return to my parents for the summer vacation, but after hearing this news there was a familiar feeling , not knowing what my home is going to look like .A different feeling and pretty uncommon in civil life .

Hence, I flew to Delhi prepared to be surprised.

I woke up the next morning to find myself in midst of nature. How did I get here? IMG_1085

Surprised I was last night, (so was my dad… typical military dad reaction when son comes home with long hair (=__=)   ) .My dad picked me up at the airport and then we drove on towards our destination and drove and drove……..After travelling more than 60km for a duration which was equivalent to the time my flight took to reach Delhi (All thanks to Delhi traffic) we reached our station. After arrival, I was taken to the ANTE room (refer to ANTE room in Defense Terms and clichés)   where a party was going on (Oh! I couldn’t have asked for a better return to this life) . What had happened was this:  reaching the station in an exhausted by traffic condition in the night I couldn’t really see the station. When I woke up from my super-sound sleep (owing to the exhaustion and the good food) , I came out of the suite to see the plethora of greenery around me .The isolation of this station  was brilliant and nobody could have guessed that it was 40km from the capital of INDIA. The explorer in me woke up in the evening when I went for a jog around!

The thing with jogging in an unknown place is the feeling of uncertainty. I feel jogging in an unknown place is a lot like life  .The safer  you feel about the unknown place the more you enjoy and the better you understand your path. Similarly in life, if you feel safe with whatever you do then venturing out in unknown territory doesn’t seem like such a difficult task .Life’s  like an unknown territory due to the enormous amount of uncertainty involved at each step. Feeling safe is a choice.                                                                        Willpower and thought control both life and jogging. As a huge line of thought drew in my head I jogged along.

I had just started to observe my surroundings when I saw a magnificent creature, something I hadn’t seen before. Something which looked like this

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Blue bull is a shy creature which is pretty scared of humans (phew!) . Deer + Horse + Cow 😀  .

I also spotted hundreds of peacocks, majestically waving their vibrant feathers . Apart from these 2 , the Eucalyptus covered jungles awed me and I half suspected the serenity of the trail to have influenced my line of thought ,Hence the title. A simple jogging trip turned so much more! 😀 😀

Here are the peacocks  :

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Foreword

For those of you who might be wondering what I mean by a “defense kid”, here’s an explanation:

Anyone (mostly children of people working in the defense forces) who is indirectly affected by the proceedings (campus life, parties, gatherings etc the whole lot!) of the armed forces .Through this blog I’d like to bring about glimpses of a life which is common to a lot of people in this country .A life which we’re very proud of and lucky to have .A life which we would love to reminisce and share.

Ever since my birth I have traveled the length and breadth of this country by virtue of my father being in the armed forces. Every 2 to 3 years we have to move to a new place , meet new people and discover new horizons . Positively put, it can be a lot of fun. But then leaving familiar faces behind is never an easy task . Leaving a place where your life was going steady and your mind was content is pretty difficult .And as a part of growing up every “defense kid” goes through a feeling where he or she doesn’t want anything in their life to change, often forgetting the very process which got them into that situation was the same which is going to take it all away.

I’ve always been a “defense kid”, new to a life where things don’t change as often ever since I got admitted to BITS Pilani-KK Birla Goa Campus as a student of Computer Science. The dilemma arose when I thought to myself which life would I rather have: this one or the earlier one. Have I grown past it? Would I still enjoy it as much as I did in the early years of my life? Well my questions were answered ….Read on for more  😀 😀

Feedback is always appreciated since am  new to this form of expression  🙂

And Everything’s in good humor of course  🙂  ! Have Fun !

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