With Summer just around the corner, and the second step of the Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions (a lifting from step 1) in place in Melbourne, the world is indeed an interesting place.
With the cancellation of any overseas or domestic trips, we are being forced to look within to find peace – for the moment.
When the restrictions are all gone, and the world is back to normal, we will have a laugh and a cry over these times. For the time being, it is all we can do to sit tight and make the best of the situation.
The most important thing that has come out of this time is the fact that in a way it has brought the world together – best wishes
Recently, I went to Portarlington, with my family. Portarlington is about 2 hours’drive away from Melbourne, past Geelong, with a lunch break in-between.
Normally my sister books places we go for family holidays – this time I took the initiative.
It was not too bad – the rooms were a bit small, and there was only one sitting lounge-room – next time I’ll have to do better! But the view was great. We went for a walk by the beach one afternoon, and it was like a breath of fresh air to see the waves crashing on the sand.
It was a great break, on the Grand Final weekend holiday. Now looking forward to the next getaway!
It is a country of contrasts. The poor are very poor, and the rich getting very much richer.
Dress varies from state to state, as does dialect and languages. The food is many and varied, from spicy to sweet and sour.
It is my country of birth. Every time I go back for a visit, the smells and sounds accost me, and a feeling of nostalgia fills me. I love visiting, and seeing my late maternal grandmother’s old house, and visiting relatives that I have there.
It is the land of mysteries untold – of the Vedas, and untold numbers of ancient stories.
I feel proud to have such a heritage, even though I don’t fully understand the most of it, not having had the chance to grow up with it – I left with my parents when I was 2 years old.
I still feel that I carry a part of it with me – and always will. I feel that I have the best of both worlds, being an Indian Australian – and an early childhood spent growing up in Kenya, Africa. I feel very lucky indeed.
When I did my Year 12 exams, so many years ago, I knew exactly what I wanted to be – an Engineer, Electrical & Computer Systems, which is what I enrolled in. I successfully completed my degree and proceeded to start working in the field.
As the years slowly passed, I remembered later, after a poem or two of mine was published on the web and in magazines, that my highest mark in Year 12 had been in English. I continued to work in I.T. (and still do), but alongside it I continued to write.
Writing gives me the highest satisfaction. In seeing the words I write come to life on the page, it is like seeing and making a story unfold before your very eyes.
It is no use wondering what would have been if I had done a B.A. instead of a B.E. at university – we cannot change the past – and indeed, working in I.T., for me, is very satisfying too. I love Technology, and am a confirmed geek – in all aspects of the word. Starting out in Software Development and then becoming a Business Analyst allowed me to have the best of both worlds – writing and I.T.
So now I do both Business Analysis and also keep my writing close at hand. They are interlinked – and some have compared Software algorithms to poetry. I feel that the best way to learn and write, is to be, to become – and that is what, in everything, I try to do.