“Different people have different milestones for their journey of life, my measure for it has been the way we travel. I hail from a middle-class family which has a typical strict father and a very loving mother. I was born and raised in Periyar Nagar, but moved to Mylapore soon after my sister’s birth as the schools and cost of living was high in Periyar Nagar for my family to raise two children. My father was an employee in a private firm, but his temper issues ensured that he didn’t last in the same job for more than two years, all these job switching did take a toll on our life and it reached a point where he ended up without a job and us with barely two meals a day.
Everywhere we went, was on his scooter that used to struggle to carry the weight of four people, just the way my father did to bear the burden of his family. He started his own business, tried his luck with real estate, it all failed. He then went on to try his hand in catering and event management which worked in his favour and he’s been doing that successfully until today.
I was great in studies, but then I fell in love and everything turned topsy-turvy. Our parents weren’t very supportive of our relationship, things turned bad, and it resulted in a bad break-up. But, that’s when I learned a lesson for life, the world may stop spinning for a day – but your parents wouldn’t stop loving you even for a minute. My outlook towards life, my career, and my parents changed. I invested more time and efforts into my studies, went on to win the Best Outgoing Student Award in Engineering, joined MBA from a reputed B-School, got placed in a leading software company as an HR Personnel, and have been visiting colleges as a chief guest for their events, now life is going great as things have started to fall in place.
A family that started off its journey together on a two-wheeler and bus now has two bikes and a car, this I see as the success of our family’s story. When I look back, it is like a Vikraman movie where minor changes in a person’s lifestyle and comforts are shown to indicate progress. In my story, I see the vehicles parked in front of my house as an indicator!”
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