How Life Changes

Maling

There was a time when my life was so easy due to my mom. My father died when I was six months old. I don’t even remember his face. When mom was with me, I used to enjoy being with her. I never thought that my life will get tough. When I was in 10th standard, my mom died in a car accident and my life became full of challenges. I didn’t know how I would survive and how my studies would continue. I had lots of dreams, but after this incident my dreams broke into pieces.

After 17 days, I met my Jhamtse family. They saw me and decided to take me into Jhamtse. They gave me an opportunity to move forward. I went to Jhamtse, where I had such a good experience. I learned how to talk to people, how to respect others, how our life is interconnected with each other and other things. There were lots of children like me. Everyone was so happy.

When I lost my parents, I thought I was the most unluckiest person on this earth but when I came to Jhamtse, I found many other children in the same condition. Then, slowly and gradually I realized that life doesn’t stop, it keeps on moving. We have to accept reality and move on. And this is best way to live. This feeling gave me my Jhamtse family. Amalas who take care of children. They love them just like mother. They never make us feel that we are alone.

After my 12th standard, I got an opportunity to go to study in Delhi University. In my life, this was such a golden opportunity to prove my life. I never thought that I would get a chance to study in DU. In this way, my Genla, Ma’am Vasudha, my sponsors and Jhamtse family played a really great role in my life. Ma’am Vasudha suggested that I get admission in DU. She helped me a lot in many ways. When I came here, I was bit scared because for the first time I was far from my family in a new place. Delhi has such a huge population. It is a totally different place from Jhamtse. Here I learn many new things such as their culture, how they are different from our society. I met with new people, new friends.

Now I feel lucky that I got an opportunity to learn new things from new people. I am happy because I got admission in a girls college because I think a city like Delhi is not very safe for women. When I first came to college, I was so nervous because I didn’t know any one at that time. But now I am so happy in Delhi. Now I can manage with new people, new environment etc. Sir Ghanshyam gave me a great support and is my best guide in Delhi. Since being in Delhi, I have gone to many new places such as Jantar Mantar (an open observatory), National Museum, Boali (an open water reservoir with many steps), Jama Masjid, India Gate, Lodi garden,etc. I went with Sir Ghanshyam. I had great experiences there.

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I loved the National Museum, which has three floors. The museum has lots of amazing historical stuff in the galleries and exhibitions. On the ground floor, there are artifacts about Harappan civilization, sculptures made of stone, terracotta, bronze and wood, Buddhist Art, Indian miniature paintings, evolution of Indian scripts and coins, Decorative art and jewellery. The first floor is about Central Asian Art, Manuscripts, Paintings from Tanjore and Mysore, Ajanta paintings, and Maritime Heritage. On the top floor, there are galleries about Indian Textiles, Pre-columbian and Western Art, Indian coins & copper plates, Arms and armour, Wood carving, Musical instruments and Tribal lifestyle of North East India.

In the end, I would like to say thank you so much to all of you for making this great opportunity possible for me. I will write again soon!

Maling

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5 Responses to How Life Changes

  1. Jerry & Gaby says:

    Maling, so happy, so proud of you. We pray that your studies are going well, and I hope to see you when I next come through Delhi.

    Thanks and bravo,
    Jerry

  2. Sandy says:

    Maling! A beautiful story, beautifully told. You are a remarkable human being and we are all so proud of you. You have brought so much wonderful energy and insight to the whole Jhamtse family; I think we are the lucky ones. =) We miss you so much and can’t wait to see you soon, but in the meantime, I’m so happy you are making such a wonderful experience in Delhi. You deserve every shining opportunity and every ounce of happiness, and it is so awesome to see you making waves in a new pocket of the world.
    Love,
    <3 sandy

  3. Sue says:

    This just really made my day better. It is a reminder of how much change happens, and how things can be beautiful.

    You are doing amazing things, and your writing is inspiring and lovely.

    Thank you.

  4. Laurel Lhowe says:

    Maling, you touched my heart with your beautifully written essay. You are an inspiration to all at JGCC and I hope other children will follow your example. Good luck to you in your studies.

  5. Thank you for telling your story. You are an inspiration for all the other children and I’m so happy to hear that you are doing well and enjoying college. You should be so proud of yourself for venturing out and making it work and I know all at Jhamtse Gatsal are proud of you too.

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