Let the feeling sink in! This is what I say to myself each day after I wake up, and after I have spent a decent amount of money in preparations to go to US for my Masters. The feeling is ineffable, wholly and truly. It is sad to realize that I will be leaving my parents, my siblings, my nieces, my friends and some other people I would tend to miss. At the same time, I am happy to know that I will meet and become part of a multi-cultural student fraternity. I will be meeting people from different continents and countries. I would love to know more about their motherlands. At the same time, I also feel bad about missing food that I get in India. By and large, these two forms of emotions are the perpetrators that make me think all time during the day and night. Anyway, what I am most concerned about is my time to come back to India. I should not get settled in US and would just be there for studies and some work experience. It shouldn’t be much difficult to do that, God willing. I wish and pray to Almighty, and in the feet of my motherland, that I remain firm in my thoughts, that I remain confident on my stand, that I never forget my roots and move ahead successfully in life and in my career, on the new land.
-G Singh, 19 August 2006.