I have been away for a long, long time from here – know why? I lost my space.
In May of this year, I had to shift permanently from Abu Dhabi to Kerala, India. I lost my job in the UAE; and with oil prices being what they are now, a new job was almost impossible to come by. Thankfully I could find admission for my son in a school in my home town, and we uprooted ourselves, lock, stock and barrel.
I used to write my weekly blog on my old desktop, squeezed inbetween three bedrooms in a corridor nook, on Saturday mornings. Well, when that space disappeared , I found that my space for creativity had disappeared along with it! I couldn’t find a place to sit down and arrange my thoughts before dumping them on to paper. Facebook posts, WhatsApp messages – these were OK: they could be done from my smartphone without much of cerebration. Not so this activity, which is what goes for sacred in my largely atheistic universe.
It’s OK, I told myself – I will settle at home and create a new space for me.
Well, things didn’t work out exactly like that.
I got a job within days of reaching Kerala: that too, in the field of safety consultancy. Something which I have been searching for a long time. Talk about serendipity! I joined the company and relocated to Mumbai (alone – my wife and son have to stay back in Kerala).
Mumbai is a city always on the go. And it is a place where getting a space yourself is damn difficult. Mumbaikars who are attuned to the beat of this human ant-hill are accustomed to carrying their space with them – whether it’s the metro, the suburban train, or the street. Being born and brought up in Kerala which is much less crowded and where the pace of life is more sedate, I am finding myself at a loss.
But I will find my space, never fear. Then I will be back here regularly, to commune with letters and like-minded individuals.