Travel Makes You A Better Person
Travel Makes You A Better Person
I fully agree, endorse & preach about it.
At my end I traveled (so far and mostly for profession) more than 30+ lakhs kilometer of Indian land (and still traveling).
How far I will travel? I don’t know. But I have no regrets for travel. In fact traveling is learning (relearning & unlearning too), inspirational, pleasure & satisfaction.
I traveled by Cycle (first), then by 2 wheeler, then by 3 wheeler, then by 4 wheeler, then by bullock cart, then by heavy vehicle truck, then by state transport bus, then by train and by air too.
So far I have traveled more than 8+ lakhs kilometers of Indian land (out of 30+ lakhs kilometer) by self driving.
In 1998/99, one day (of 24 hours) I traveled more than 6000+ kilometer across India touching 4 important cities across length & width.
I started from Pune (city name) at 12.00 in the night and reached Chennai (city).
From Chennai Airport, I directly arrived in Delhi (city).
From Delhi I arrived in Kolkatta (city).
From Kolkatta I landed in Mumbai (city).
And from Mumbai I arrived in Pune.
Bath & breakfast at Chennai, lunch in Delhi, evening snacks in Kolkata, dinner in Mumbai and night sleep in Pune.
When I told about this travel to my parents (father, mother & uncle) and to my family members (wife, daughter & son)! None could believe since they couldn’t imagine such thing happened with me. But I showed them all the boarding passes, showed them 5 different seat numbers, flight number, time and above all, state transport bus through which I arrived in Pune from Mumbai.
Each travel taught me countless lessons (by paying some price. Some time it was less and some times it was huge. I am still learning new lessons in each travel.) that I never learned in home, in school and in college.
Point to be noted. No one taught me these lessons in home, in school and in college. I assume & think (at this time and after traveling so much of Indian land) it is impossible too.
- Till such time (I was tightly protected under the arms of Mazi Aai means My Mother), I always thought that our home (in city of Pune) is the ultimate truth.
- I thought our residential lane (in city of Pune) is the best & the worst.
- I thought our Pune city is the best & the worst.
- I thought our state (Maharashtra) is the best & the worst.
- I thought our state (Maharashtra) transport stand is the best & the worst.
- I thought our Pune railway station is the best, neat, clean & the worst.
- I thought our school (New English School Ramanbaug) & our college (Abasaheb Garware College and then Cusrow Wadia College of Technology) is the best & the worst.
- Above all, I thought our city (Pune) is India and that’s the biggest blunder perception I had.
Reason was very simple.
My interpretation (about Pune and about everything) was wrong and in turn my perception was wrong.
When I started traveling (First long travel I took when I was in 9th standard. I was in school at that time. I was out of our home for 21 days. I traveled down South India to visit various cities. This was education tour)! I started getting shocks (sweet, cute, horrible, worst, painful, tearful, etc.) by observing people around, cities, their habits, etc.
I do write my daily diary. 21 days diary (of travel) at that time helped me to become a normal kid.
Till such time I was in thinking air and I thought everything around me (visible and not invisible) is created for me to enjoy. And that was the first shock to my own life.
In due course of time travel (across India) helped me (still helping me as and when I travel) to learn, to unlearn, to relearn and to become unbiased about India and about Indians.
- Travel helped me to learn multiple Indian languages. This is the best I could give it to myself. Learning multiple languages broken countless doors and helped me to communicate with multiple people across India. Learning multiple Indian languages opened the doors of many Indians.
- Travel helped me to become unbiased about India, about Indians, about various religious practices followed under the shield or umbrella of religion, cast & sub cast.
- Travel helped me to learn (unlearn + relearn) that there is no national breakfast dish, no national lunch plate, no evening snacks plate and no dinner plate.
- Travel helped me to learn (unlearn + relearn) that there is no national time for all above eating practices.
- Travel helped me to learn (unlearn + relearn) that there is no national dress code.
- Travel helped me to learn (unlearn + relearn) that there is no national learning syllabus for education.
- Travel helped me to learn (unlearn + relearn) that there is no standard for taxes.
- Travel helped me to learn (unlearn + relearn) that there is no national standard price structure for basic raw material items like vegetables, grains, sugar, kerosene, petrol, diesel, clothing, shelter (on rent or for purchase), etc.
- Travel helped me to learn (unlearn + relearn) that there is no national time to sleep or to get up.
- Travel helped me to learn dozens Indian marriage practices followed across India and none of them matches with each other. This is another fabulous gift I could give it to myself in this birth.
- Travel helped me to remove 4 words from my own life namely compete with others, complain about myself & others, criticize about myself and others and compare with myself with others or others with myself.
- Travel helped me to learn how parenting is done all across India and none of them matches with each other.
- Travel helped to learn eating practices (breakfast, lunch, evening snacks & dinner) followed all across India and none of them matches with each other.
- Travel helped to learn how male & female community of every state think about opposite and none of the thinking matches with each other.
- Travel helped me how to adjust with life in best or in worst situation.
- Travel helped me how to live my life in train for 75 hours.
- Travel helped me how to sleep in the night on mankind less (Indian) state transport stand and on Indian railway station.
- Travel helped me how to live on Indian Airport for more than 24 hours.
- Travel helped me how to rescue my own life when Indian riots happened suddenly in Gujarat. And the best thing I could share with reader is this. Group of people who rescued me were followers of Muslim religion. I will never ever forget this humanity act.
- Travel helped me to ask questions to countless Indians when I was unable to speak their native language. This is another best gift I could give it to myself. Here my active participation in Marathi drama, in Hindi drama and in English drama helped a lot.
- Travel helped me to design and to define accurate questions to other Indian for emergency help.
- Travel helped me what to speak and what not to speak when I was arrived late night in unknown state transport stand, on Indian railway station and on Indian Airport.
- Travel helped to mold my tongue to adjust with local food and in turn I started following this wonderful quote namely “Be Roman When In Rome”.
- Travel helped me to relearn all the subjects that I learned in school.
- Travel helped me to become self discipline person.
- Travel helped me to understand time factor and time sense.
- Travel helped my memory. Today I know many important locations all across India and wherever I traveled.
- Travel helped me to increase my morale values & humanity values.
- Travel helped me to become self made person.
- Travel killed my ego.
- Travel helped me to follow Nation First Policy.
- Travel helped me to follow Humanity as My Religion.
- Travel helped me to understand the importance of time & watch and helped me to be on time or before time.
- Travel helped me how to travel in less baggage.
- Travel taught me LESS IS MORE. This is another best lesson I learned in this birth. This is best gift I could give it to myself in this birth. This gift is helping me 24/7.
- Travel helped me to learn, to unlearn and to relearn Indian Philosophy which is एकता में अनेकता और अनेकता में विविधता. I really don’t know most accurate English words for this line. But I assume & I think it could be “One Nation with Multiple Faces with Multiple Practices & Processes and Still There Is A Great Emotional Connect with Every Indian”.
Today I am proud to call My Self as True Indian with No Meta Properties of Religion, Cast or Sub Cast Attached with My Life.
I understood that in India I can (only) survive peacefully and with satisfied life with no meta properties attached.
Here I would also like to mention about a wonderful book that I read (back in Year 2010) written by Shrimati Rama Bijapurkar.
Book name is We Are Like That Only.
I heard (through my own ears) the writer face to face when she visited Baramati to talk about this book and how her book will help many people to work on various strategies about business to be done in India, about social reforms to be introduced in India and so on.
This book put emphasis about India and about Indians.
Writer also call Indians as Schizophrenic (including herself and myself too). Our DNA is different across the planet and I think that’s the biggest asset of every Indian. We must use this gifted DNA to do great things in this birth.
I fully agree with writer’s thinking because of diversity of India and because of various power thinking centers that affects every Indian thinking.
Above line (with bold attribute) reference I am giving after reading 7 Habits book preface for number of times. Book is written by Mr. Stephen Covey.
I (hope & think too) am sure 36 benefits written by me based on my experience will confirm the reader why traveling is best and why traveling helps each one of us (myself included too) to become better person.
Traveling Indian. A Student Forever.