Friday, July 11, 2008

Nomadic Experience!!

Again one of my meanderings so, you may hit that small red cross at the top right hand corner of the window or navigate to another page from here (The links are on the right hand side!!).


A recent chat with a friend left me wondering about long lasting roots. Most of the times in due course of travel, I have come across people who know each other for more than a decade, grown up together and shared a whole lot of memories. When I looked back at my life over the past 2 decades and more, I realised, somehow I never had privilege(?). For me it was always about shifting from one city to another, never really forming a long-lasting friendship and yet having some really wonderful friends. In fact, have had some very loyal ones. Lucky me?? I dunno. Have had the opposite sorts to - the back stabbers, but then that's a part of life. The point I'm trying to drive home is that after having a Nomadic experience all through your life would it really be possible to settle down at one place for a person? As life unfolds itself, we come to realise that we have far greater responsibilities on us than we had imagined or wanted (maybe!!). And that's when you realise you need to have a base, a place to return to everyday but then for how long would the person stick to that same routine. When I subject myself to observation, it turns out the moment a situation becomes a routine for me I no longer enjoy it and sooner or later I start getting restless for a change. Extremely restless!!!


The nomads of Sahara, roam about in the desert in search of food and water. Now, even if they have the option of settling down in the cities, most choose to roam the desert. The heart of a Nomad they say cannot settle down in a place. It needs to roam.. always. Does that apply to the modern day nomads like us?? If it does then in what sphere does it do so?? Is it limited to our physical surroundings?? Or does it extend to the people we know too?? Alright, may be the last one is not true. But then, maybe that's my take!! Who knows!!!


At times, I wonder on what I had missed out in this form of existence. May be a lot!! And what have I gained?? I guess, A lot!!! At least, I've learned to trust people despite all odds and yet manage to look out for myself, to gel in to the crows as if I was one of them, to easily distance myself despite the attachment and most importantly, to appreciate people and culture for their differences and believing even the darkest of clouds have a silver lining!!!

15 comments:

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

I agree with you. I am a 'nomad' myself. Dont have very many long lasting relations with people... and i cant help but wonder too if i should be optimistic and feel good about the fact that i meet so many new people and learn a lot from them or should i feel sad that i am letting go of the people who mean so much to me?
No matter what i do, sometimes, life's course is set and you gotta roll with it.

Good post :-)

Pri said...

loved the last para best!
the life of a gypsy does teach u a lot many things along the way :)

Ashu'z said...

being a nomadic i hv lost touch with my roots....

hv u read unaccustomed earth ?

inihos said...

I suppose whatever u gained was way more important than what you have lost

phoenix said...

you know ive never had anything remotely close to a nomadic life...but still sometimes i feel life is stagnent..ive seen that familarity does breed contempt..not being cynical here....but then just stating a fact...

im dying to meet you btw!:)

shooting star said...

i have been living in one city all of my life and still i feel like a nomad...why?? theres always this want in me to go to new places travel..and i keep going here and there..otherwise i feel so restless if i dont visit to some new place in six months...so i guess irrespective of whether we shift places or stay ina single plc...having nomadic tendencies is purely a mind thing!!....
nomds are born not made...ill say!!

Vinz aka Vinu aka Vinayak said...

Nice Post buddy..
Me too a nomad, many a times, i too had the same feeling.

but is it a matter of concern? I differ over here saying that i actually augments our personality..the exposure.. and afterall its upto us to maintain and enrich our relationships..be it two years or twenty years..its upto us..

Anyways u have well crafted the feelings of a nomad..
keep writing well..

Ps said...

I'm a nomad too--and wouldn't have it any other way.

Sam said...

@raaji:
thanx for coming by. i think depsite our losses we actually stand to gain a lot more... a lot mroe than people who hold on to everything!! we are adaptable and know how to take things in uor stride!!

@pri: quite true!!

Sam said...

@ashu: may be we do.. may be it makes us go for it more.. who knows??
and yes, I've read unaccustomed earth. a good novel from Lahiri, but then i think she needs to change her settings a little bit now.. she ahs done a great job..time to explore!!

@inihos: precisely the reason why one cannot but ponder why is it that stability is missed so much?

Sam said...

@phoenix: familiarity breeds contempt and distance makes the heart grow fonder are adages which have stood the test of time and have also fallen victim to Murphy's Law. So its tough to determine isn't it??
as for meeting I think it has to be postponed for a more oppurtune moment!!

@SS: to have the heart of a nomad and to live the life of a nomad are two entirely different things.
the heart is the one you are born with, the life may be the one thrust upon you or chosen by you... there lies the difference. Sometimes the choices that we make culminates into us leading a nomadic life... but then...

Sam said...

@vinu: very true!! but then the age of the nomad has a role to play i believe.. points to be pondered later, and deviates us from the topic at hand...
it enriches us.. but for many it comes at a price!!

@ps: neither would I!! only i wonder at what cost??

Keshi said...

In my heart n soul Im a gypsy too. Love this post!

And all the best Sam!

Keshi.

Vandita said...

i am not one, never got the opportunity...

medula said...

i can totally relate to your post...no matter how many times i may have complained about having to shift over and over again i wouldnt have it any other way.everytime i have to say goodbye to one set of people that i love,i meet another.and my relationship with each friend of mine is different from the others.
i wouldt be the person i am today without my nomadic experiences.