Sunday, July 1, 2007

The First Swiss Experience!

Atlast I also decided to start blogging. Donno if this is the best way to vent out what u feel and want to share with others but certainly the cheapest one and one of better ways to kill time in 'firang land' on weekends with unfriendly weather.

It has been two months in Switzerland now. Didn't even realize how fast time flew. Everything here is so different - clean streets and roads, robust public transport system, trains and trams running with an accuracy of seconds, full automation, no stray animals on roads, noone in present generation atleast has heard of a power cut. Its a wonderland for someone coming from India. A privilege in India like access to clean water and healthcare is taken for granted here. The issues are quite different in India and Swissland - its about life vs quality of life.

On personal front, past two months have given me mixed experience. I have been an object of awe, respect, love, hatred, jealousy, suspicion, belief what what not...all within last two months. There have not been many times when the feeling of being an Indian has been so strong. Hindi has become music to ears. Never before I felt the need of friends and family so strongly...even in tough times. Its weird...people say Switzerland is the safest country in world with literally jobless police but still I feel vulnerable! I definitely have access to better resources, am earning decent amount of money, am building stronger career foundation but has my quality of life improved? People have varying opinions :).

What a nightmare it is for an English speaking vegetarian Indian to land in a German speaking, beef pork rabbit lamb horse buffalo and what not eating country which considers fish as vegetarian! No wonder the first words I learnt in German were 'Vegetarisch' and 'Ohne (without) Flesh'. German learning is in progress and hopefully with improvement in German will improve my social life here.

Besides a good career option, a major motivation for me to accept this job was to give better quality of life to my parents whom I have seen perpetually struggling. A typical lower middle class family from a small town of Northern India. No power, no AC, no car, no fancy house.....but still a satisfaction that they never said no to anything that their children wanted (and not desired!) They happily sacrificed two thirds of their life first for their parents and then for their children. I'll feel blessed if I can make a difference to atleast remaining one third!

10 comments:

dhruvonium said...

felt like i was there with u bro, going thru all that u were..except that i prob would have said 'mit' (with) flesh!...great writing...class divyuu style!

ritika said...

Nice thots...But makes my mind wonder what does quality of life mean???Is it only materilistic??...Hmm i think a matter of personal choice...Some mite even feel small town life heaven....U shud see or read "namesake-Jhumpa lahri"...When u look at the character of Gogol's mother...and her sense of freedom when she returns India...I identyify with it more...ANyways al the best to u...Hope u settle down well

Selva said...

good to see u here

Mansij said...

sahi bhai....does touch a cord somewhere...very well written....abe tu except sports har cheez mein mast hai kya?

Hrishi said...

similar thoughts.....u end up comparing tht luxury with wht u get in India......and for me the feelin tht generates is not of disgust for India but anger that why cant we have it back home....can understand ur struggle and loneliness without family.....but as u urself said.....u got to make a diff.....to urself, ur parents and may be to India :)!

Varun said...

BKG!! great blog dude. really enjoyed reading it..simple and interesting.

Susheel said...

u really touched my heart.... i realize all these years i was away from you.... i really missed a great friend....

mayur said...

gr8 blog buddy!!
rings bell with my first experience in UK...and then i slowly got used to...will keep an eye on ur future blogs...

Anonymous said...

DK,
I can perfectly identify with the last para.........
Have similar aspirations.....
God Bless

Kajusandy said...

Hey Divya.. Only today, from somewhere landed on your blog.. well written!!.. loved reading all the posts!!.. cya.. Uma