Let me start by Wishing you all a very Happy, Prosperous and Safe New Year 2019..!!
Now you might be wondering, what on earth is this “Мечта”, with a strange looking “y”? Let me clarify this.
Мечта is pronounced as “Mechta” which means “Dream” in the Russian language. Dream, as former Indian President Dr. Kalam aptly mentioned, is not the one which you see while you are asleep, but the one which never lets you sleep till you achieve it. And interestingly, the Official Match Ball of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia was named as “Telstar Мечта”. Dream. Мечта. That my friends is the theme of this post.
You might have come across this phrase quite often in your life. It says that you have arrived empty handed in this world, and in the same manner shall you leave this world. Seems quite stoic and erudite, isn’t it? After all, who can be oblivious to this seeming Gospel fact?
What if I tell you that there are some “Conditions applied” to this thought?
While it does not take a degree in rocket science to understand the veracity of this statement in the fact that we cannot take physical objects or possessions in the end, it also takes a no brainer to understand that the fallacy of the old age saying from the simple fact that the memories or the experiences we gain is something which no force can separate from us. They will always stay with us.
Now coming back from this esoteric discussion to the present. Let me ask you a simple question: Why do you travel?
Let me take the liberty of reasoning out your responses. They might broadly be bucketed into the following major buckets:
- To work
- To Relax
- To meet people
- To see some interesting or famous place
- To click more selfies to share / upload
- To tick off some items from one’s bucket list
But, what if I tell you that my purpose of traveling is Not quite related to the above. It is somewhat different, and hence, is usually not categorized into a separate bucket.
For me, the only purpose of travel is to gather experience. Experience and memories during travel is usually sought not through the medium of selfies, but by more people to people interactions, closely observing their customs, visit the incredible places rarely touched and create breathtaking memories lasting a lifetime.
That, my friends is the “Dream”. And this I shall explain in the subsequent article (Part – 2).
Till then, Happy Reading..!! Enjoy the crisp weather of the Winter (if applicable)..