Looking at the brighter side

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2014 08:39 IST

Recently, I was transferred to Ludhiana from my hometown, Amritsar. I was looking forward to new experiences, and I shared the news with my friends and relatives. To my shock, they rolled out many discouraging tales about Ludhiana.

“It is a city of pollution and traffic jams. How will you live there? You may also encounter many health problems.” And this went on till I saw myself landing in Ludhiana.

These words indeed influenced me and I was disheartened and started looking at the darker side of the city, and thereby making my life miserable. And then one fine evening, as I came across Glenn Peat, a New Zealand national, at a party. I was surprised to hear his views about Ludhiana.

I learnt that he was an expat in India and had been transferred to Ludhiana as the general manager of a newly-opened luxury hotel in the city.

When I asked him how he and his family coped up with pollution and traffic, he replied, “We are more than elated to be in Ludhiana and I don’t think there are any pollution or traffic problems here.”

“In fact, it is a city that is flooded with high- end business enterprises, rich l ifestyle and above all it boasts of amazing hospitality”. How positive, I thought.

Soon he added, “I agree that there is pollution and traffic here but if my family and I keep criticising, we may not be able to live here peacefully.”

“Above all, as we came to India, we had already prepared ourselves to look on the positive side to lead a happy life”.

His reply proved very inspiring for me and it made me think that if he, being a citizen of New Zealand, can fall in love with Ludhiana, then why not me or any other? Before I left the party, I went again to him to say goodbye.

Before I could leave, he shared an English proverb, “On earth, there is nothing great but man; in man there is nothing great but mind.

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