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.
Africa – An Essay
Africa – An Essay – “The ‘flame’ trees that lined the only road from Nairobi city to Jomo Kenyatta airport whizzed by as we drove past. Occasionally, a giraffe or impala stood out in the dusk, silhouetted against the setting sun, and a strange tugging at my heart made me want to stamp my feet and yell out “No! I want to stay! I don’t want to go!” I had a feeling of helplessness, as though precious riches were slipping through my fingers, and I couldn’t do anything at all to stop them. This is an eyewitness account of a life spent growing up in Kenya, East Africa, until the attempted coup in 1983. It is indeed an essay on the times spent there. Sinha writes with fluidity, candor, as well as surprising layers of complexity…”
Inspirational Articles – We are all searching for Peace in our innermost souls. This collection of Articles will hopefully help to bring about the Peace and Love that we, and this world, all want and need. “I believe that the best sort of gain that we can hope for is when we make others happy. To see that sparkle in the eye of that old lady whom you help to cross the road” Sinha writes with fluidity, candour…
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