Change is Inevitable

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.

–Kaushal Kishore

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27 Comments

  1. You story was incredible and it made me want to get on the first train I can find and go for a long ride to anywhere! We don’t have many trains like that in NYC; most are subways crammed with people rushing here and there. No one talks to anyone, noses buried deep in the newspapers or books or people catching up on some badly-needed sleep. The closest thing we have to the trains you describe in your story are the commuter trains from the suburbs into Manhattan. I rode those for a few years going to work and they were always pleasant. I’m sure it would be wonderful to take a train journey – how relaxing that would be. I keep telling my husband I’d love to go on the Orient Express but I have a funny feeling that is not going to happen! That last image of the outstretched hands holding an infant is incredible! Thank you for this fascinating story about the inevitability of change. 🌟

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    1. You’re right, Nancy, people in overcrowded local trains or in upper classes or in planes have no inclination to talk. That’s why I prefer 3AC coaches. The only drawback is time taken, but the travelling experience compensates more than that. Thank you. I’m glad you liked the story and that picture of infant.

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  2. Wonderful food for thought and sharing KK. I so agree with you on every level and love your zest and openness to life. Change is all there is for sure and to the degree we accept it is to the degree we can enjoy the ride by foot, air or train. Lovely Post my friend!💖

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    1. Well said, Cindy! Thank you for agreeing with me. I’m so happy that this resonates well with you. Much appreciated 😊💖

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  3. Thank you, Kaushal, for writing in your eloquent way that nothing is permanent
    and we should accept the inevitable change. As you rightly say, everything around us including people is the source of inspiration.
    I love in particular the beautiful and poignant sand sculpture. Thank you.

    Joanna

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    1. Thank you, Joanna for your generous words. I get a number of ideas from such discussions. As regards the sand art, it’s one of the many creations of the famous sand artist of Orissa, Sudarshan Pattnaik, normally at Puri beach.

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  4. Your post reminded me about the time I took my class of 20 students aged 10 into the big city. When we boarded the subway train my students were too excited to sit down. They did all kinds of things. Jumping when the train would brake to see if they would land on a different spot. Talking with any passengers, oblivious to race.
    The usual subdued commuters began to be more animated, talking and laughing.

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    1. That must have been a thrilling experience, I can visualise. It’s such a lovely experience when you are with younger people. It’s so natural. Some people like to be with younger people to feel themselves young. Thank you, Jasper for taking time to be here and sharing your reflections.

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