Life has many gifts to unfold

A place with clear skies, trees all around and serenity oozing from everywhere is my hometown. I had a fun-filled childhood and my favourite memories include playing street games with my friends and cousins. Initially, I hated going to school but with every passing year school became more appealing except for the horrifying weekly tests and a few frightening teachers.

Back in the day when I was 16 everybody opted for Science, since it deceivingly made you look smart, and well so did I. I went on to do my engineering from Manipal in Karnataka (no, not the one in Sikkim!). The four years of college taught me so much more about life than school ever did. I entered college as a naive, scared teenager and left with a clearer view of the world. Along with studies, I indulged myself in various extracurricular activities. I was a member of the Volunteer Service Organization of Manipal University, and on many of the Sundays, I would be involved in various social projects carried out by them. Many of the projects were close to my heart, but most of all, the ‘Clean Manipal’ project, wherein we would go to different locations in and around the town and pick up all the litter that people would simply throw on the sides, in the park, even on the path everyone walks on. I was really surprised on my first day when I saw the amount of trash we all collected. From afar the place looked fairly neat but the trash pile said otherwise. Then there were other projects like ‘Pediatric Ward visit’ in which we would go to the KMC hospital’s pediatric ward and organize games for the kids and give them goodies at the end. This was everyone’s favourite project. When one sees the smiles and joy on a kids faces, it makes your day! The volunteer slot for this project would fill up the moment it opened.

The best thing about Manipal apart from quality education is its geographical location. It’s located between the awe-inspiring Western Ghats and the rejuvenating Arabian Sea. There are so many beautiful places around Manipal, perfect for weekend getaways. My friends and I loved to travel and explore new places. Gokarna has the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in my life. Kudremukh is famous for it tea gardens. Murudeshwar has one of the biggest statues of Lord Shiva in the world. Also, it used to rain a lot in Manipal during the even semesters and nature would be at its best.

Towards the end of four years I got placed in a company in Dubai and by the end of the year, I was living in Dubai. The work life was totally different from college life. Hardly any vacations, working till late in the night, sometimes even on the weekends. Deadlines, pressure, office gossip and politics were all the everyday life was about. I used to travel extensively in UAE for work as well as on weekend trips with my friends. The office life couldn’t chain my wanderlust. The travelling part was really amazing since Dubai is a  beautiful city and everything moves at a very fast pace there. They have the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. Burj Khalifa is so tall, no matter which part of the city you are in, you can always see it. Right now they are constructing another building which is even taller than Burj Khalifa called ‘The Tower’. Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi has the fastest roller coaster in the world with the top speed of 240 km/hr. What can you not do in Dubai? Ski in the desert land? No problem! In the 2 years that I lived there, I realized that those people want everything to be the biggest, the tallest and the best to be in their country. They have the largest mall – The Dubai Mall. They even have the largest Water screen projection – IMAGINE, which a combination of water, fire is and laser show. The king of Dubai is a visionary and has transformed the city from what was just a desert land only 2 decades back to one of the most luxurious and the safest cities in the world.

Other than travelling, I love to read books. Be it fiction, biographies or philosophy. I’m a big time Potterhead, Harry Potter is the reason I started reading in the first place. Someone who hasn’t read Harry Potter does not know what he/she is missing out on. I admit I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten, even though they have made me what I am today.

My life so far has taught me to take risks, never mind if you falter somewhere, keep experimenting because life has many gifts to unfold.

 

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Roy says:

    Congratulations!!! You have been nominated for sunshine blogger award by me… Check my post for details…

    https://dfloatingthoughts.com/2018/02/28/suns/

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    1. nsakuja says:

      Thank you ❤

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    1. nsakuja says:

      Thanks ❤

      Like

  2. Really enjoyed reading your journey through engineering and then work life in dubai !.. Interesting , exciting and thrilling life. ..

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    1. nsakuja says:

      I am glad you enjoyed reading! 🙂

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  3. Diana says:

    Very interesting; so nice to read about you and your opinion of places I have not traveled to. You write in an engaging manner. 🌸😄

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    1. nsakuja says:

      I am glad you enjoyed reading! 🙂

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      1. Diana says:

        And I am glad to find you! 🌸😌

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  4. Prashantt says:

    Your writing has all engaging elements whether its in post wherein you wonderfully showcased role of writing alongwith friendship or here, you kept out memories of a beautiful journey in a simple touching manner.
    Keep writing & enjoy the gulf experiences to its more.🙏😇

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    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      Thanks Prashant! 🙂

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  5. Dubai sounds like a beautiful and fascinating city. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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    1. Neha Sakuja says:

      It is indeed fascinating. I fell in love with the city. You must visit if you haven’t already 🙂

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  6. thanks for sharing your journey. you write in a way that is sure to connect with your readers…great post

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