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Why it is good to move.

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All my life, I have moved and lived in various places. My dad had a transferable job and after I got married, so did my husband. I have lived in about 11 cities and two countries now. Apart from English, I speak 5 Indian languages (out of which I can read and write four). I never learnt any of these languages in school (other than Hindi, which was a second language). I just picked them up by constantly listening to them. I also got the alphabet books of these languages and asked a lot of questions (as a child) to anyone who was willing to answer. I remember reading all the film posters (as they would typically have large letters) in regional languages and feeling very proud as it was something I had taught myself.

I think living in different places teaches you a lot. You learn about various customs, culture, cuisine and a whole lot of other things unique to that region. You learn to make friends. You learn to blend in and yet retain your own identity. You learn to get along. You learn to respect boundaries. You learn that it is okay to be different and it is these very differences that make us rich.

Many people ask me if it was difficult to keep moving so much and whether I found it hard to 'adjust' to a new place. To be honest I never even thought of  the 'difficulty level' involved, because, for me a leap into the unknown is always exciting. I love it! I have lived in a place where the temperatures touch 45 degrees Celsius  during summer and have lived in another place, where it has touched a minus 15 during winter! Was living in these places hard?  I don't know--I was having too many new experiences and soaking it all in, feeling fortunate that I got a chance to experience it! How many people in the world get chances like that? That was the way I viewed it. Which was good, because it was not like I had a choice, anyway :)

Also, a new place is a new possibility. There are so many things waiting to be discovered. There are so many options waiting to be explored. It is like starting life afresh.


If you get a chance to move to a new place, grab it. If you are a person who does not like change, you might be uncomfortable at first. But that is good, because it pushes you to do new things. Things that you might not have done in your comfort zone.

 And no matter where you move, the human emotions are just the same. We all need love and warmth. We need people whom we are comfortable with. People who accept you for who you are. We need a cozy hidey-hole called home to come back to.

If you have that,be grateful and  say a little prayer, for indeed you are blessed.
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  1. new place is a new possibility..........SUPERB

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  2. Move you may, from place to place, but you will always be there in my heart & thoughts! :)

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  3. wonderfully said Ma'am,This reminds me robin Sharma's quote on change “Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end.”

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  5. I honestly feel that everyone should at least a few years away from their land of birth. It experience is just so enriching so wonderful.

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  6. Mee to in same condition mam for the last 10 yrs, I am living in 6 different places. Well said that new places teach ud lot of new things and lot of different cultures. Really it was amazing when shifting to a new place. I had leart a lot in these 10 yrs
    "Changes are the only thing that will be constant in our life"

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  7. Changes are part and parcel of ones life. If one who accepts them and welcomes them with open arms, surely enjoys life and it's situations. Whereas the one who doesn't likes changes, they are accustomed to what there life is going like and feel uncomfortable once the things start to change themselves. But as you said ma'am this is the beginning of accepting the change and let it bring the new vibes into our lives :) :) :) Loved reading this as my father too is having a transferable Job.
    ~Shishir Kaul
    your admirer...

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  8. one of the best posts of yours

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  9. I think whenever you get a chance to move to another place you grab it bcoz you learn more thing as compare to stay one place

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  10. Very nice post mam.I love to read more and more posts from you.

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  11. Superb ! Just wanted to share something similar to your experience of reading the regional film Posters and feeling pride about it. It reminded me of my childhood days when Marathi was an additional language and we had just started reading little of it, it gave the same feeling because even I like to learn new languages, quickly i went to my childhood days and relived those memories, thanks for this short trip !

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  13. I moved last year after living in the same place for a long time. There are many challenges associated with moving (especially if you own a house) but also opportunities.

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  14. Being a military brat, I have been moving since forever! n 17 years of my existence, I have lived in 9 cities, and changed 7 schools.
    Now, I cant even think of living in ONE city for more than 3 years. It is very true. People who move more, grow more, understand more and learn to accept other easily

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  15. I agree with you preeti ...the more you accept change the more you get chance to explore. Simply we have to do one good thing, just grab it , since this will take us to great heights...thanks for your post...loved it....

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  16. It is indeed a fact of life that u need to change with circumstances...

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  18. just was buying some books yesterday and got to know about your book 'Life is what you make it' and felt interesting, may be because of the title. Then wanted to know about the author and gone through the wiki. After that your blog.. have been reading your blog from yesterday. Felt like you are special and wonderful person and wanted to convey it to you. May Gold bless you and all you family and friends a wonderful life. Thank you for trying you bit to make this world a better place. Lucky that i came to know about you at least now.

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  19. Hi Preeti,

    After a long time I was randomly going through your blog, and I chanced upon this post.
    What better timing than this !
    We are now moving and I am a person who is not so comfortable, or rather bored of moving, since childhood I have always been on the move. But now reading this post makes me want to change the way I am thinking so that I don't cloud my thoughts and start having preconceived notions even before I begin in the new place...

    So I guess I have to take this particular paragraph as an eye-opening, head-hammering advice for me :-D -D
    I hope you come out with more and more books, and though the chances of seeing you in the place where I move may be bleak, I hope to include that in my "Secret Wishlist" and never know ! I may end up meeting you at the "unlikliest" of places :-D

    "If you get a chance to move to a new place, grab it. If you are a person who does not like change, you might be uncomfortable at first. But that is good, because it pushes you to do new things. Things that you might not have done in your comfort zone."

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