July : A Month of Massive Changes #MondayMusings

July has been a special month for me. Not just because it is my birthday month, but because many new beginnings, many fresh starts, and many turning points of my life have happened in July.
View from the terrace of my hostel (No Filter used in any image in this post)

July has been a special month for me. Not just because it is my birthday month, but because many new beginnings, many fresh starts, and many turning points of my life have happened in July. It's mid of the year when I have looked back at what the year was like for the first six months and have anticipated and dreamt about the coming six months. Goals and resolutions are reviewed in July.

July has been a special month for me. Not just because it is my birthday month, but because many new beginnings, many fresh starts, and many turning points of my life have happened in July.
Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

These initial days of college are all about fun, making interactions, creating friendships and increasing your network. It's less on course works and assignments. So we are trying to take full advantage of it. I have made a few friends at the hostel too, most of them are my juniors, with a huge age gap. But the good news is none of us can feel this gap. We visited the Forest Research Institute this weekend. It was a good trip. I stopped at almost every tree to take a snap and posed at every corner of the museum clicking selfies. Too much beauty in a single place. Beauty overloaded.

July has been a special month for me. Not just because it is my birthday month, but because many new beginnings, many fresh starts, and many turning points of my life have happened in July.
University Of Petroleum and Energy Studies
The view of the mountains is mesmerizing at any time of the day, more so when the dark clouds gather in the afternoon just before the rain showers.

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At home front, my sister too has joined her college in Cuttack. She's away from home too, but it's just an hours' journey. Her excitement for a new found independence and being a fresher is very palpable. Which again means our parents would be alone at home. I hope it doesn't get too lonely. I have been away from home at least twice before this, but it's the first time for my sister. A first for my mother parting from her. So huge missing is happening, it is very evident from the regular phone calls and the tone of their voices. Hope it gets easier.

July has been a special month for me. Not just because it is my birthday month, but because many new beginnings, many fresh starts, and many turning points of my life have happened in July.
A beautiful tree at FRI, Dehradun

Today I sit down and question my priorities. More than I want to admit this, I miss home. Well, more than that, I feel guilty that I chose to be so far from home. Communication and travel are a bit tedious from here. I miss the sea. Yes, you may say I want too much, the best of both the worlds, living near the hills myself. But then, that's the case. Though I am grateful for these turn of events in my life, I am also a bit guilty for thinking too much about my own self. I know not how these days would fare, where I would land after two years, and whether or not these efforts would bear fruits. The what ifs are many.

July has been a special month for me. Not just because it is my birthday month, but because many new beginnings, many fresh starts, and many turning points of my life have happened in July.
That amazing view at FRI
But then I know and realize that all we can do is our duty. Karma. Hard work. And leave the rest to destiny and fate. So I am trying to forge my path in that direction.

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I would do the tickets back home. November. Diwali holidays.

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At the hostel talking with these girls keeps me sane. They are so mature and worldly wise. I have a lot to learn from them. An hour or two on the terrace in the evenings, out of the four walls of my room, keeps my spirit intact. The view from the terrace always manages to mesmerize me every single time I see it. Something seriously to be grateful for. And that hot chai during the rains and pours. Jannat. These little things add so much flavor to my days here.

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So much is there to explore here. Hope I can and I must. In these two years.


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Comments

  1. What beautiful pictures! I hope that you make a lot of friends and have a great experience in college!

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  2. Hugs to you. Feeling homesick is natural however this is how life is. Your parents will get used to this also. Don't worry too much and just enjoy college life.

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  3. Loved this post, Pratikshya. In the last few months, I've sensed a new depth in your writing. I hope the peace that Dehradun exudes keeps you writing more and more. ♥

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    1. Thank you so much Corinne. I hope that depth remains.... 😇😊

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  4. Aww Pratikshya hugs for the home sick feeling babes; this is life and what you gained by joining a great college, you had to give up some by leaving home.
    I too would miss the sea if I had been living near it all my life. But Dehradun is gorgeous in its mountan beauty and I hope you do fall in love with it. Loved all of your pics - keep yourself entertained and happy. This too shall pass and soon you will be missing these days!

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    1. That's true. Time will pass in a jiffy. And all these days would become memories of tomorrow. :) :)

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  5. I loved reading your post, Pratikshya. You know, I've always felt drawn to your posts and your thoughts. Somewhere I find in you a reflection of myself when I was younger! I can relate to the strain of thoughts that you convey most of the times. I wish you have a wonderful time and that you find the experience of staying away from home and going for higher studies enriching. The place looks so serene and beautiful...can se why you say "beauty overloaded". I hope your younger sister also settles in well and that you all have a wonderful time when you get together again during the holidays. I would suggest, do write about your feelings and thoughts when you feel pensive. Friends are the biggest blessings in life when you are on your own. Enjoy these days because they will be your precious memories tomorrow. Hugs <3

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    1. The feeling is so mutual!! I have always felt a connection with your words and thoughts ever since the day I discovered your blog!! I always felt it has been a projection of my own perspectives and emotions. :D :D :)

      And I am looking forward to the Diwali break in November. Holidays would be great. Homecomings. :)
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  6. Aw I feel for your parents. It must be so hard to have both their babies gone. I'm glad you have friends. That's half the battle won. As for the age-gap that barely counts for much once your wavelengths match.
    Dehradun is beautiful. Have you been to the Robber's Cave. I have some wonderful memories of sitting in the river and having hot maggie - one of the most delicious meals of my life.

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    1. Wow that sounds amazing. I have heard that Robber's cave is filled with water these days due to the monsoon showers. Not very sure. Would surely visit the place.

      I enjoy being with the people here. Everyone is so warm and friendly. The younger ones, the elders, our driver uncle, the warden mam, just everyone. Or might be I am in a good mood these days, to find everything so positive. :P

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  7. This is the first post I am reading here and I feel it to be very warm. Wishing you all the best in your new journey and I am sure things will fare very well for you. Not sure when is your birthday, happy birthday wishes from me!! 😁🎂

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  8. Been through this phase when I joined MBA at a far off city from my family. There were gloomy days when I wanted to just go back but my dream always kept me going. Trust me, it's even harder for our parents living as empty nesters. But, I am sure Dehradun, as beautiful as a city, will give you the warmth and you will be accustomed soon. btw, are you in UPES?

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  9. Being away from home isnt easy and it wouldnt be easier at all for your parents. But glad that you have a good circle of new friends. Your campus is beautiful and so is Dehradun. I have been many times there, but always for work. All the very best to you Partikshya for your course. Do well and keep writing! Cheers!

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  10. What a beautiful post and make me think of my college days. These are things of past now but let me tell you (and I know many would have told you this before), this time of your life will make you and change you. You will always look at this time as a beautiful phase of life. A life with the family you choose. Friends who became family.
    I am in awe of how beautiful your surroundings are. I would love to live at a place like this. Keep writing and I will be around. Hugs!

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