My Story: Start The Journey, You Will Reach Your Destination – Neha Bahuguna

Neha Bahuguna

Each of us has, at some point of time in our lives, received life advice from our personal life coaches – parents, siblings, teachers, mentors, kids, the vegetable vendor or the stranger sitting on the adjacent seat on the flight. Something that moved you, changed you or made a difference to your perspective forever. India Pages brings to you these slices of life, shared by people from all walks of life … Writers, Photographers, Artists, Television Producers, Hands-on mommies, Entrepreneurs, and Engineers …. Meet Neha Bahuguna

Duniya Chal Rahi Hai To Hum Bhi Chal Lenge!

My Story India PagesI was in the second year of my college when the best advice of my life came to me. It was summer break and everyone was planning to go home. It so happened that I did not get a seat confirmation for my train journey. And From Ahmedabad to Dehradun, it was not a small distance to cover. Usually, I would take a sleeper class ticket like all other students did and once in a blue moon a 3rd AC. But since those were the college days, everyone used to travel like this.

Now since I could not get any ticket for sleeper or AC, I thought of going to some travel agent. I got to know that one of my batchmates also was struggling to get a train ticket, so we approached the agent together. But in spite of that, both of us did not get a ticket and we had to stay back in the hostel for one more week and try again.

Then my batchmate told her father about this and requested him for a flight ticket which was way more expensive than a regular train ticket. Her father agreed and bought her the ticket. Now for me, there were two options, flight or bus. I thought my father might give the money to buy a flight ticket as going by bus was a real pain and of course very long journey.

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I called my Father and just casually mentioned that how my friend is going by flight and I have an option of coming by bus with a senior who also belongs to Dehradun. I thought his fatherly heart will melt hearing about my batchmates example but,

My father did not even mention the flight part and just told me to come by bus and not to worry about the long journey “kyunki Duniya chal rahi hai” meaning that people have to travel by odd means sometimes and its no big deal. I thought he has forgotten that I was a girl. But something in his voice was so assuring that I did take the bus journey.

It took me 32 hours to reach Dehradun. Not just that I had to change one bus to another from Ahmedabad to Jaipur, Jaipur to Delhi, Delhi to Roorkee and Roorkee to Dehradun.

Obviously, it was not a smooth ride but what it taught me not to be afraid of any circumstances. Things might look difficult in the beginning but once you start the journey, you will reach your destination. I became fearless and confident about myself. Another important thing I learned was that if I want luxury, I will have to earn it. Parents can only provide you what is necessary. But this little careless attitude about the unseen future is no more a threat to me kyunki bhai jab duniya chal rahi hai to hum bhi chal lenge!

About Neha Bahuguna

Neha Bahuguna is a writer, poetess and designer. The NID graduate has a multi-disciplinary approach, combining her flair for writing with her love for design and visual thinking. Over the years, she has worked as a Conceptualiser, Writer and Lyricist for web and television. Her shows cover a range of topics from the history of food to making craft and design accessible to children. Writing mainly in her mother tongue Hindi, Neha uses her work to illustrate the nuances of everyday life, drawing a great wealth of inspiration from her childhood and her hometown in Uttarakhand, bringing forth the majestic Himalayas, its folklores, myths and characters into her creations. Taking her love for storytelling one step further, Neha started Bol in 2016 – a platform to encourage closeted (and not so closeted) writers to explore the reading and performance aspect poetry and short stories. Along with finding more avenues to set up Bol, she is also currently conducting workshops of “The art of Storytelling” for children and adults.

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