Visiting new places always gives a thrilling experience, as we come to know new places of interest, their historical backgrounds and the people and their culture.
I normally prefer to travel by train, as it gives a very pleasant experience of looking at the nature through window or finishing an interesting book. But the most important is getting acquainted with the co-travellers. It’s not less thrilling to know their background, culture, and views on different aspects.
But it depends on the kind of train and class you are travelling in, and more important is your own mindset. I have seen people facing a lot of difficulties in Mumbai local trains, but in the same trains, I have also seen people celebrating birthday, anniversary etc apart from those who enjoy singing songs and bhajans with musical instruments.
Even while visiting my native place or places of work or interest, I prefer to travel in three-tier AC coach, where travellers are more open to share and communicate. Sharing of thoughts is a rich experience that one can get while travelling in a train.
I also talk to people including strangers at daily basis to exchange views and thoughts on various issues. It gives me food for thought. There are differences of opinion, but it’s also enriching sometimes, like reading a book.
During the conversation with people, whether in trains or otherwise, I always find that young people are more open to new ideas, inventions etc compared to senior people, who don’t want to come out of their “comfort zones.” This may also be interpreted as their “resistance to change.”
I have seen older people not opting for new products and services, e.g. internet or mobile banking. They look at new things with suspicion, instead of evaluating the same with their rich experience. If a new initiative is found safe and useful, it should be accepted and adopted with open heart and mind.
Just see, how we have emerged from stone age to this modern nuclear age. There was a time, when it was considered a bad omen to extinguish the fire, as it was a practice then not to turn off the oven. This is not the case today, as we have accepted this change, which is more practical and sensible.
Let’s have a look at our own house, kitchen, and workplace. There has been a dramatic change in the last two decades and we have got ourselves acquainted with all the modern products and trends. It had not been possible, if we kept our mind closed from the outer world.
Change is inevitable, whether you like or not, so let’s accept it quickly with open arms, wholeheartedly, as and when it occurs.