As the title suggests, this post is all about the major events that are taking place in my life in the month of July, since past 6 years. Since 2004, July is the month to watch as all major events of my life has been taking place in this very month of July.
Take it as just a co-incidence or some super - natural power helping me out in some ways all the major events that are happening in my life in the month of July are all positive. With positive I mean a progressive event that has helped me to climb the stairs to reach the position I have been at the moment in my professional and personal life.
Another co-incidence with July is that, it also marks the start of “Shravana” month, which is very auspicious and my birth month according to Hindu calendar. In the very same month, the Sun, enters the zodiac sign – Leo, which in turn is my Sun Sign. I don’t know, if these things have anything to do with events I am talking about that are taking place in my life. But Jazzy July has indeed stopped me and made me re-think about it and I just can’t stop thinking how beautiful life is with such small things that takes place. I am not at all superstitious by nature but such things happening constantly since few years have made me think like what will happen next as soon as July arrives in a particular year.
Today, I will be discussing with you all about those events that has changed my life over the years. But again I don’t know how many of you will get impressed by it as for you it might be a just another achievement by somebody but for me – it has changed my life completely, both ways – professionally and personally.
July 2004: I remember it was July 2004, when a seed was planted in my head to move out of India and get settled somewhere in foreign land. I don’t know, what triggered that, perhaps may be a few failures before in my studies, but I was sure I wanted to go to Australia. That surety and faith landed me up in Australia on 25th July 2004. I came here with a determination to show the world – I Can.
July 2005: It’s a year and the same month in which I completed my first degree – Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (GDIT) and with an overall High Distinction (HD). For me it was a great achievement and being the first person in my family to go abroad and accomplish such a thing was just incredible, at least for me and my family.
July 2006: It’s the year which marks the completion of my studies. I achieved a degree – Master of Information Technology (MIT) and that too with an overall High Distinction (HD). I still remember it was 19th July 2006, when I received my results. This thing indeed changed my image in my family and society in general. People did started recognizing the potential I was carrying inside me.
July 2007: This year I had greatest achievements of all. I became a Permanent Resident of Australia. It just came in the time when I had lost all hopes in myself and the world around. I don’t know, but it just happened. It was July 10th 2007 and again I was the first in all of my family to achieve that. With that I had indeed made a distinct place for myself in social arena.
July 2008: July 28th 2008, I joined a company called Panalpina World Transport. Although I was working as a Freelance Web Developer, joining such a big organization was indeed an achievement. This has boosted my earning drastically and has been doing extremely well at my work. Who would have thought that a shy lad like me will be dealing with people all round the world from various countries on phones and e-mails.
July 2009: Every person has a dream to buy his / her own car. July 2009 indeed fulfilled that dream of mine. Exactly after 1 year of my work at Panalpina I bought a Honda Jazz – Sports Model. My parents too arrived here in Australia to stay with me for first time. It was a surprise gift for them.
Life has been changing for good in some or other way in July each year since past few years. I don’t know till how long these July run will be going on. But every year as soon as we are approaching I start thinking about it. Jazzy July indeed is scripting a fairy tale for me each year.
They are the young guns of our family. Watch them talk over some funny matter and fight as if they are enemies since ages.
First of all, a very Happy New Year to all my readers as this is my first post in year 2009..
In the middle of the summer of 2008, in Christmas holidays, I and Jagdeep (my friend / room mate / colleague) decided to have a 5 day trip to Melbourne. It was indeed an adventurous tour as we decided to drive till Melbourne from Sydney (approx. 870 Kilometers).
We started on Christmas eve as we had half day on 24th December at work. We started at approximately 5 in the evening and reached Melbourne at about 2 in the night. We decided to have a stay at one of my friends (Jignesh Patel) place in Melbourne for 4 days. We were so tired after reaching there that we slept just as we were down on the bed.
Next day, we woke up at around 10 in the morning and I decided to roam around in the city. Melbourne seemed to be very quiet to me than Sydney. May be because it was a Christmas day and all people were busy celebrating the festival. We booked a tour for Puffing Billy train ride and Healsville Sanctuary. Back home where we stayed some of the friends had organized a Christmas party. After roaming around for about 2 hours in the city we came back home to celebrate the party. We had “Bataka Vada” prepared by my friends wife and had a great fun doing Garba on a Christmas day in the backyard. As almost all of them were Gujaratis.
Next day we started off fairly early in the morning as our Puffing Billy train tour was starting at 8.30 in the morning. Puffing Billy is a steam train ride which is almost a century old train that is still running on its original track in scenic Dandenong Ranges. Before we boarded the train we had a morning tea in Dandenong Ranges where we saw beautiful birds of various species in lap of the forest. Ride in the train was just awesome. The scenic beauty around the train route is just mind blowing. After the train ride, we had a grand lunch in a winery, where we did some wine tasting and browsed big wineries. Soon we headed to Healsville Sanctuary, were we saw various species that are only seen in Australia along with Kangaroos, Koalas, Wombats and various different lizards of all size and colors. It was just fascinating to interact with animals from so close.
Next day, along with Jignesh and some other friends we headed towards most breath taking coastline of south-east Australia – The Great Ocean Road. It is most scenic road I have ever traveled on with the trip ending at the world famous – twelve apostles. It was almost 300 kilometres drive from my friends place – starting at Geelong and ending at Port Campbell. First stop was at Lorne, where we enjoyed its beach. Jignesh and some other friends had a great time in waters. We had a great opportunity to see a Seal that accidentally came on the beach rocks. Seal was either injured or sick as it hardly moved. After having some pizzas for the lunch we headed further on the great scenic drive and captured some magnificent views on our way. We reached, twelve apostles, at round 6 in the evening. It was just great view with the sun setting in and it rays falling on the apostles gave a golden looks to it. I personally feel it is a pleasure to see these apostles at either dusk or at dawn. The forces of nature gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs which became arches and when they collapsed, rock islands as high as 45 metres were left isolated from the shore. I am just speechless as I don’t have more words to describe its beauty. One can see its beautiful pictures in my photo gallery section as I have added some. We headed back home from twelve apostles through a country side road which was also a sight to see as I have been never to such country side roads in Australia. We reached home at 10 in the night and had a spicy “Khichadi” in the dinner.
This was the last day of our trip. It was time to say good – bye to Melbourne and come back to Sydney. We started off fairly late in afternoon at about 12. The day was very hot and humid but still we kept going and reached home around 9 in the night. I was so tired that I went to bed straightaway. It was rocking trip. It will be remembered till long time.
Now, holidays are over. Today was the last day of rest. From tomorrow its again time for work and business.
And yes, dont forget to see some awesome photos that i have took in my Photo Gallery Section.
Have a great time.
Today i have achieved what i desired since i came to Australia. Yes, you guessed it right - I have got my permanent residency here in Australia. I had been trying for it since 1 year now. Yes, you heard it right. I was struggling to get my permanent residency since 1 year now. It is rightly said "Setting goals is easy. Achieving them is something different".
I am perhaps first person in my family to go abroad and achieve something like this. Last one year was really a tough task for me to handle. Away from parents, struggling to get a good job and than this Permanent Residency things coming up was difficult to handle at same time. But some how i was able to cope up with such a tough time. My mental toughness proved once again to be beneficial in gaining what i always wanted. It really helped me to minimize the effects of discouragement and turn negatives into positives.
Jack Black, in his illuminating book "MindStore", uses a computer expression to combat negativity - "Delete that Programme".
Whenever a negative thought used to come in my mind or when others make negative comments, I just used to say myself, "Delete that Programme" and used to replace it with a positive thought.
Admittedly, negative mental habits are hard to break. And i have experienced that thing in past. It surely takes time and persistence but rewards you when you really do it. Achieving goals becomes a reality.
"Always make your goals happen" - this is the thought i always carry with myself in my mind and it really helps to motivate myself when i am down with negativity. And offcourse motivation always comes from inside your heart. Without self motivation you will not achieve your goals. As the saying goes, "if it's to be it's down to me". And i had solid backbone with me - my family who always supported me in everything i did since past few years.
Today i have reached my goal. Have achieved what i had always desired. I have achieved it in a style. I have reached at a position where no other Jani family member has ever reached. I am proud of my parents and my family. Now i want to enjoy this moment back home with my parents, sister and other family members. And this part of my life is what i call happYness. But still Miles to go before i sleep, Miles to go before i sleep.....