Pretty much one year back, I dropped out of my second grad program in Sociology at NTU to rejoin the real world. I was not enjoying the program and knew intrinsically in my third semester in the last leg of my doctoral coursework that a course correction was needed. I love Singapore and everything about it and would like to move back if GOD presents me an opportunity. I took the leap of faith, and all thanks to the present organization I work for I moved back to the organized chaos of the city of my birth, janmabhoomi was to transform into my karmabhoomi. I have had a love-hate relationship with the city, never really felt comfortable here but knew that the city has had a valuable part to play in my manufactured psyche. The thing I appreciate about the place is the ‘Dhando-Wado’ spirit, a ‘can-do’ business type attitude, which makes this heart-less city function.
This city has made a man out of a boy. I have also had the opportunity to travel to some incredible places from Alwar to Anantapur thanks to work engagements. These have been opportunities to re-explore India, meet some incredible people, make friends and mentors and this experience has enriched me totally. But, somehow I feel, the time to explore is dwindling by the day and time to make a call for the long term has arrived.
To be really honest, I never had the faith that I will survive the rough and tumble of Mumbai after a decade overseas of learning and growing up. I landed up into an empty apartment, with a very global mindset and also took time to bear the emotional distance of being away from friends who are as close as family to me. This time here has made me realize how much of a ‘Singaporean’ I am ; inspite of not even having a PR. Education in a particular ethos and culture certainly leaves it signature imprint on ones values. I long to go back all the time, and I visit the place as often as I can lah. I miss my Kopio at the Food Court at Sunset Way, Clementi.
Time has just flown by, for good or for bad, made me mature for tackling the difficulties of life. I thank all my friends and mentors for guiding me through this journey so far.
I have cultivated an acquired taste for cutting chai now days, call it Singaporean Pragmatism at work.