Namaskaras from the Silicon Valley of India aka Bengaluru, the largest city and capital of the southern state of Karnataka. On the outskirts of the city, in a small community about 32 km south of the city is my parent’s new home, at least for the time being.
I’ve been in Mumbai for the past two weeks now and it has been an intense two weeks what with packing things to be sent with the movers, then clearing up the house and finally packing up and moving to a new place. When the flight took off from Mumbai, my heart swelled up and I can imagine how my mum and dad would have felt, having lived their whole lives in the maximum city. But life moves on and we must adjust to it, so this will be their new home for the near future at least.
I’ve not walked much here in Mumbai, so my step count for the month is not as much as it would have been had I been in Singapore. I am now in India and the state of Manipur. At the end of January, I was slightly over 100 km from the state’s border with Nagaland. I am still about 3000 km from Mumbai and 4200 km from Bengaluru, so there’s still a long way to go.
This week’s quote comes to us from Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest serving first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 and a noted human rights activist. Roosevelt reminds us only we can make ourselves feel inferior, so do not give yourself or others the permission to let you feel less than the best. We are awesome human beings and we know it!
And so with this, here’s to spending the last week with my parents before I head back home to my family, work and responsibilities.