“I was born and raised in a small village in Tamilnadu and the school I went to until my 8th standard was just a namesake one that operated with barely any teachers or teaching. And yes, this was a private school, but I remember very well as to how I used to head back home soon after the first period to chill at home and head back to school post-lunch to be there for a couple more periods before I head back home. My mom’s brother was the first one to take notice of this unhealthy studying habits that I had and the horrible quality of school and offered to take me with him to Pondicherry.
That is where I got to see what a real school looks like. The teachers actually taught and not just wrote stuff on the board for us to copy and disappear. Everyone around me spoke in English and it was all alien to me and my ninth standard, the most horrible phase of my life. I was away from my parents, was a joke of the class as I didn’t speak or couldn’t even comprehend what they’re speaking in English, had difficulty trying to comprehend what was being taught. In short, my confidence and self-worth took a toll!
With great difficulty I finished school, this was the first time I had to study to clear exams as the school I was in until my 8th standard ensured that all the students passed no matter how poor their performance. I finished my 12th standard but this time, even my parents moved to Pondicherry, but I was sent away to Chennai to pursue my Engineering. I met some wonderful people here who changed the course of my life. I made friends for the first time, friends with whom I could actually make memories and know for sure that would have my back for the rest of my life. I am saying this because, I spent four years of my life in Pondicherry, but never explored the city as I had none to accompany me.
But Chennai was different, it gave me new memories and this is where I explored, traveled, fought, patched up, and experienced everything there is in life, including my first love. I developed strong bonds with the small circle of friends that I found in college and my girlfriend as they were all I had. When my love story went south, it was my friends who ensured that I do not end up in depression or pick up habits like smoking or drinking.
It’s been several years since all the heartbreak and pain, but now it is all a memory that brings a smile upon my face when I think back of the good days. I am now married, have a beautiful daughter and a loving wife, a great job. I am thankful for everything, mainly my parents and friends who were my pillar of support when I needed them the most.”
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