Many opportunities had knocked on my door before, but none of them I had been successful in. I had begun to doubt myself. I’d been all over India trying to get a job and I had started to curse the nation silently in my thoughts. That was when my uncle called.
“You’re sitting simply at home. I know your capabilities and talent. Why don’t you come here, to Dubai? I’ll get you a job and a decent salary for you to survive here and send back home too.”
Change was good; I had heard my father also say before. I thought this was the opportunity for me. I finally managed to get my parents’ approval. After the necessary formalities, I left Delhi for Dubai.
On the flight, I asked the lady in the next seat about Dubai. She told me a lot of it, about its good points and bad points too. I still felt that it was the right place to begin.
Upon landing, I saw my uncle at the gate waiting to take me to his home. It had been ages since I had seen him, and I was smiling, but he didn’t seem to be too excited to see me. I asked him if something was wrong.
“No, no. Nothing at all… I was just thinking of how mature you’ve become. Come, your aunt is anxious to meet you”, he said and took me to his car. As we traveled, I was struck by how beautiful the city was. “Was this my destiny?” I wondered.
There was very little room in my uncle’s place. I wondered how he would be able to accommodate me. While having lunch, I found out I’d be staying with someone else… one of my future colleagues apparently. So I’d have to be residing with strangers as I took my first job. I already began to miss my family. In the evening, I went to my new quarters. It wasn’t much… a single room with three beds and a kitchen. My roommates didn’t seem to have the time to clean up either. “Give it time, you’ll get used to it”, said my uncle.
Right from the first day, I had problems adjusting to the new environment. I had no time for family or for myself. I had to work even from home. Colleagues didn’t help much and without anyone in this new country, I began to suffer. It was then I saw an interview call for a firm in Delhi, same pay and job description. I decided to take it.
Yesterday, I was cursing my country. A few weeks away from it and I realized how lucky I was to be there. My uncle was disappointed with my decision but it was better disappointing him than cursing me for the rest of my life. I returned back home, to my family and to a new life filled with happiness. I realized the value of my country, only after staying away from it.
Acrostic Only Short Story