Writing my dreams-Mansing Mohite
I hail from a village in Kolhapur, where most of my schooling took place in temples as we never had a proper school building. Surrounded by cattle & crops. we wore rubber slippers to school and did after parties near streams off the riverside.
Ours was a traditional village with a farming culture as a means of living. Though the city was always a huge attraction for all of us, never had I imagined doing my post-graduation from London and shifting to Mumbai.
I always had a long fond love for reading and an interest in physics, which got me into engineering. That is when I had started getting exposed to how life outside the four walls of my village looked like. I brushed up my communication skills and decided to pursue further studies from abroad.
My language was rough, and I was raw, which created many problems for my entrance exam. With limited guidance, Due to no proper documentation, lack of financial resources, I had also failed to obtain a VISA. I decided not to give up and worked my way out of every hurdle to land up in the dream city- London finally.
London had its charm, but a different kind of loneliness engulfed me due to the unfamiliar faces and not-so-known culture of the city. Most of my inferiority complex rooted in the fact that I came from a village where people barely studied after 12th, and here I was doing my post-graduation.
This is when I started reading books from all genres and worked part-time in a bookstore. Books can indeed be a man’s best friend, and I experienced this when I started reading them. They brought a lot of positive changes to me. From my language to my communication skills, I upscaled every flaw of mine.
After I returned from London, I secured a decent enough job in Mumbai, which gives me the opportunity to travel across the world. I would never want any child from my village to feel a lack of opportunities, so I contribute a part of my salary to the educational needs of the children of my village.
Books have always been there by my side, inexplicably making me a better person. Meanwhile, I started writing down my stories and experiences which allowed me to express my thought process. I never want any child from my village to be deprived of any opportunity, so I contribute in my own way. I always wanted to publish a book of my own, and I am working towards paying my homage to everything life has given me.
I have religiously imbibed the never-give-up attitude in my daily life, and the universe has miraculously given me all that I have ever wanted.