Lot of my friends, who are abroad, have never made a trip to one of the seven wonders of the world from India, the Taj Mahal in Agra. Being in the country I made it a point to visit the place in 2014 with my daughter. It was a great experience and I was humbled standing in front of one of the greatest monuments and wonders of the world done artistically in about 50 years, about 4 centuries back in white marble.
Having gone through all these places, I sometimes sit back and think what the people at those places where I have visited are doing presently ?
- Are they grazing cattle or going on their daily chores or greeting tourists?
- Are the places still impeccably neat as it was then ?
- Are the airports and railway stations in the same manner even now ?
- What is the driver of my vehicle then doing now ?
- Has any new construction come up at those places ?
- Have any new historical findings been revealed ?
At Madurai, visiting the Madurai Meenakshi temple, one of the largest temple sturctures in the world with its thousand pillar hall was really a wonderful experience for me in 1983. The visit took me back in time by 1400 years of Madurai and India spiritual history. The TVS Madurai factory visit and the visit to Integral Coach factory in Chennai along with HAL in Bangalore gave good industry exposure.
My attempts by recalling all these experiences is just to bring home one point, it is experiences and exposures to new cultures which open your mind and eyes to new customs, traditions and people.
My sister who presently hlds a very senior and responsible position in Indian corporate environment has visited numerous countries on numerous occasions. All these visits have changed her outlook as a person and I always look upto her in times of crisis asking her advice on how to go ahead. Travel gives you exposures and insights one has never ever encountered in life.
After joining my present University, i have not missed any opportunity they have provided me to interact with students and oparents from across the country. Been to Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Bihar, Jharkhand many times and each visit has made me richer and mature than before, also more modest.
Nature is one of our greatest teachers. Just observe nature and the people with the flora and fauna, one gets to understand and learn a lot in life.