Living life my way, Earthbound style

There is nothing more liberating than being educated, healthy, financially empowered and being in the company of like-minded people and having the ability to make informed decisions. This I presume is the recipe for sustained happiness.

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It was during October, a few years ago when I was 18, that I had visited a community farming enterprise in a district famous for it’s red earth, rusticity, traditional way of life, and It’s proximity to Tagore’s cultural centre. This enterprise was designed as a rustic getaway. They had newly constructed holiday hideouts in the form of mud-huts made with natural materials. Everything from the curtains to the pegs and rafters to floor tiles were hand-made from local materials and designed to provide maximum insulation from the outside changes in temperature. It was a wonderful experience staying there for a quiet weekend away from the metropolis. I was instantly in love with the place.

I remember spending one Saturday morning sipping my tea lazily on a jute recliner in the verandah, smelling the rain soaked thatch and damp wood, gazing dreamily at the pond with overgrown vegetation obstructing a part of the view, swans gliding peacefully on the still water, and the large shady trees swooning over the beauty of their surroundings, standing tall and proud.

It was blissful. I was so enamored by the experience that outline of Earthbound was born that afternoon. But the final version that came out 3 years later was quite different from the original story that I had framed as an 18 year old but it retained it’s heartland. For those of you who have read Earthbound or the posts I wrote about my inspiration, you would know the exact thing I am referring to.

Fast-forward to present time:

It happened so quickly and unexpectedly, it almost makes my head swim. I am returning to the same district now; this time for work. I presented my thesis for my masters in science degree just over a month ago and it officially marked the end of student days. I had plans to travel and write, and continue my usual work that had been so mentally stimulating and monetarily helpful for me during my student days (tutoring, freelance writing, blogging) when the perfect job found me. I had just read an article about a tremendous social enterprise in the education sector tucked far away from the big city and decided to act on it. Coincidentally, they were hiring. And the whole process of preparation and being selected was not at all an easy one, I had to demonstrate my ability to think on my toes and display sound logical, analytic skills apart from my hold on mathematics and language. The process took about a week and on the ninth day, I had an incredible appointment letter in my hand. Greatly relieved and tremendously happy, I couldn’t actually believe that I was getting to live the life I had written in Earthbound. It was too good to be true especially after being stuck in the city all my life and initially planning to move to another ‘advanced’ city.

The job is challenging. The pay is great. And my coworkers seem incredible. This single opportunity has actually accelerated my progress and brought me a lot closer to my ultimate goals in life.

Not to mention, I can now read a lot more books. This is what my current reading list looks like. It will probably sustain me for a couple month or two. I am typically a slow reader when I don’t have to read for attain some goal/ write an exam.

  1. AYN RAND: ATLAS SHRUGGED
  2. CARL SAGAN: COSMOS
  3. HONORE DE BALZAC’S COLLECTION OF NOVELETTES
  4. THE BENEDICTION IS WHERE YOU ARE, THE LAST BOMBAY TALKS 1985 BY J. KRISHNAMURTI
  5. AMITAV GHOSH: SEA OF POPPIES
  6. AMITAV GHOSH: RIVER OF SMOKE
  7. GERALD DURRELL: MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS
  8. BOY AND GOING SOLO, BOTH BY ROALD DAHL

WHATS GOING TO BE IN YOUR READING LIST FOR THE WINTER?

Are you living the life you wanted right after college? or later? Leave your comments below.

©The Idea Bucket, 2013-2014. Written by Ananya. You can e-mail the author at ananya.mukherjee2013@gmail.com

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6 Comments

  1. Hello Ananya,
    I love your idea of being debt free and agree it is liberating. Your ideas are extremely interesting. The philosophy of life leads us all to many paths. Thanks for liking my last post and stopping by. I love company!

  2. Atlas Shrugged is my favorite book! I’m excited for you to read it 🙂 I’ve actually been trying to make more time for reading myself and there are a few books on your list that I’ve been wanting to check out.

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