I met a few people at a party, who asked me if I would write for them. Okay… Who says that the first time we meet? Honestly, I had no time to contemplate and I said yes. That was my introduction as a writer on Indian Connection.
A few months, and two articles later, I met one among those I had met at the party, to discuss a space for me over their website. Okay wait… I am no writer! And you know me only for a writing period of two articles… But why not? A rare chance, and I am not going to say no. That’s how, this is me, writing today.
Like I said already, I am no writer. So it took me a little more time to figure out what I should write about. I practically do everything- travel, eat out, cook easy stuff, bar hop, meet new people, (study at times), work at many places- there are endless things to write about. Figuring out what among these could be apt as an introduction to this new venture for me was a task in itself. But come on… with so many things on my mind, I choose to keep this one simple.
I’ll introduce myself to you readers through this one. Like so many Indian students who come to Sydney every year, I happened to land in Sydney early this year. The difference being, students have a bright vision of their future in their eyes, and I had none. It was a choice as a 24-year-old, that I would not plan too much and take things as they happened to me. Sydney was one of these things. I happened to secure a place in one of the most prestigious universities here, The University of Sydney, to study Masters of Architectural Sciences.
Now, we architects carry our big fat ego with us, and I was no different. In fact, I had it double the size, being fairly good at playing Badminton and winning a few laurels back home, and being a Zumba instructor and Bharatanatyam dancer. But Sydney thrashed it all. Every struggle to secure casual jobs, as I studied, in the many fields I called mine, were unsuccessful. Desperate times, and I got a job as a waitress. But hell, not any waitress… a waitress on board a cruise, a dream casual job for many. Then on and off, working at stadiums, departmental stores and so on… the story of every student you would have met.
Through all this, I must mention, I have managed to balance academics pretty well. I now occasionally cover Zumba classes across various gyms in the city. I still work as a waitress. I enjoy my new found independence, sustaining myself financially. I repeatedly fall, but I now have the strength to pull myself up, brush my skirt, hold my chin up and walk off as if nothing happened.
Having said all this, this space, my very own, I proudly say, is about everyday struggles of my life… a little laughter, a little sorrow, a little adventure, or lazy Netflix afternoons, maybe a few film reviews, or just nice books, sometimes my mood swings, possibly the people who touch my life, or probably just my thoughts for your entertainment… stay tuned, more content coming up each week!!