THE SUM­MER OF SUR­PRISES

Sum­mer Jour­ney in Ger­many

Storizen Magazine - - Contents - - Manushreya Sharma

While cel­e­brat­ing Karl Marx's 200th birth­day on 5th May, I was re­minded of my cul­tural ex­change programme to Ger­many. It was two years ago that I had been to Ger­many with my friends and teach­ers for a re­search project. His birth­day re­minded me of all the kazil­lion mem­o­ries es­pe­cially one with his statue in Trier city. Back then, I didn't un­der­stand much of his ideas about life and strug­gles that we face on daily ba­sis. But now, I cher­ish of be­ing back to Trier and live all those mag­i­cal mo­ments again. It seems like a fan­tasy of meet­ing my host sis­ter and hang­ing out with her fam­ily. It was not about the places that I had vis­ited or the clothes that I shopped there, but the peo­ple whom I met, the eye glances I ex­changed and those warm hugs that I still crave. When I think about it now, my heart is filled with the warmth of the sky amidst the chill­ing wa­ter flow­ing through my feet and hap­pi­ness just the way I got while talk­ing to my Ger­man mom with just our eyes. There was some­thing re­ally spe­cial about everything that came my way.

I cher­ish of be­ing back to Trier and live all those mag­i­cal mo­ments again

I had never imag­ined the fact that I would be visiting Ger­many and that too be­ing a four­teen year old with min­i­mal knowl­edge of Ger­man. It was never the place that was as­so­ci­ated with all the dreams that I had in my heart. Iron­i­cally, it turned out to be my place full of love, laugh­ter, and com­fort. If I could ever travel back in time, I would wish to be back and un­fold all the more crazi­ness and ad­ven­ture with my bunch of lovelies. Some­how, des­tiny sur­prised me with mil­lion price­less mem­o­ries and mus­ings. Those were the per­fect kind of sum­mers. My days were filled with new ex­per­i­ments with new things and peo­ple, learn­ing new val­ues and im­part­ing whatever lit­tle I pos­sessed. It was not just any other va­ca­tion or work­sta­tion but a power booster for me and all of us. I have writ­ten enough about my Ger­man diaries but ev­ery time I ponder over it again, I

I have writ­ten enough about my Ger­man diaries but ev­ery time I ponder over it again, I dis­cover a new light and life in­side

me.

It seems like a fan­tasy of meet­ing my host sis­ter and hang­ing out with her fam­ily. It was not about the places that I had vis­ited or the clothes that I shopped there, but the peo­ple whom I met, the eye glances I ex­changed and those warm hugs

that I still crave.

dis­cover a new light and life in­side me. There is al­ways one place, one mem­ory of per­sons who cre­ated it and one emo­tion that is al­ways there in heart no mat­ter where we are. This place has that part of my life that I carry wher­ever I go. With the pas­sage of time, some tan­gi­ble things stayed and oth­ers have for­got­ten while the in­tan­gi­ble knowl­edge, her­itage, and sweet emo­tions are all I have. Some­day, while you will be alone and life will be still, a place where you had met your own self and made you feel blessed; that would be your sum­mer of sur­prises. Ponder of it and let the magic mes­mer­ize you.

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