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From Kerala To Delhi: A Fauji Brat’s Journey Of Falling In Love With Her Country


By Aashna Charan

So remember when they said success is when you move up?  Well, I guess I took it a bit too seriously. A North Indian by origin living in South India was the first stage of my life, which was easy as there was hardly any adapting to do; I was born and raised by the ocean.


Every morning began with the sound of the ocean waves and every night ended with the same sound of the ocean saying goodbye to its ardent lovers. Life couldn’t get better; I was living the party life until the time I decided to choose career over the ocean.


Who knew fate would drag me so far away from the ocean that my ears would yearn for its whispers again?

There I was, with a big suitcase with all my things, a look of determination in my eyes and parents sobbing in the background, their daughter all ready to take on Delhi, thinking I was going to unlock a new level of coolness or bravery by taking on the capital of the nation.



The flight to Delhi was enough to make me realise what I was heading for, for a moment I considered hijacking the plane and taking it back to my dearest coast but I realised that I had no means of doing that, no guns and no glory.


“I should be able to mingle well! What are these hesitations that I’m having?!” I thought to myself while I was looking at myself in the mirror quizzically when I finally saw it; the mirror spoke more truth to me than those around me! I HAD BECOME A SOUTH INDIAN.

Everything about this place seemed to irritate me, the loud music, the loud traffic, the loud people and the even louder sound in my head shouting above all this LET’S GO BACK!



Being a FAUJI BRAT had taught me a lot of things, how to sail and swim, and what kind of weaponry are good, which helicopter does what, and the most important being how to travel around the country and live in places you haven’t even heard of before.

The cycle was always the same, you move to a new place, you hate it at first and begin to like it when you move to another new place. So basically I was trained to travel.

It’s in cases like these that one thanks the old gods and the new for having a slight touch of adaptability in their genes, Delhi may have been a tough one but adapt to it I did.

It took me a lot of new perspectives to realise that it’s a loud city but it is also a warm one, with a certain charm in every nook and cranny, this made me love this city day after day and finally, Delhi has proven to me why is it actually the nation’s capital.

With a new love and a forgiving old love, I sit forever satisfied with the whispers of the oceans and the warmth of the capital.

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