Monthly Archives: June 2013
19:44 (local time)
Wow. Coming from Dubai, Ahmedabad seems like a completely different planet. The Noise, the smell the people is completely different to anything i have ever seen before in my life. Im not gonna lie this has been a shock to me. The atmosphere is something I have never experienced before.
I arrived in the morning and MohammedAbbas a local youth was ready to meet me at the airport. The first thing that struck me was the immense kindness and friendliness he welcomed me with. Even though he did not know me he made me feel welcome in a strange city. This is shown through the way he took me out for chai (tea) and even made sure i was sufficiently comfortable at the hotel before he left. This kindness cannot be compared with anything I have seen before.
After a short rest i ventured out to explore the city of Ahmedabad. The heat was manageable but the humidity was unbelievable. Being in Ahmedabad i also had the opportunity to ride on the TukTuk’s/ Rickshaws. Scary and exhilarating are the words i would use to describe the experience. Scary because of the sheer number of them on the roads. And exhilarating through the way the driver managed to expertly drive through the masses of people and make me reach my destination safely. However i’m also sure that the drivers ripped me off massively. But ohwell thats life 😉
My first day in India has been interesting to say the least. Tomorrow im off to Bhavangar and will be staying their for 27 days. 17 of those days will be during the month of Mahe Ramadhan (the month of fasting) and im sure spending ramadhan in India will add to the thrilling experience.
Finally I would like to thank all those who have made my first day in India comfortable. To MohammedAbbas for picking me up and ensuring i reach the hotel safely. And to the staff at Hotel Flair Inn for making my stay comfortable.
With that I’m off to find some dinner. Thanks for reading and please share my blog.
10:30pm (local time)
My final day in Dubai and it has definitely been an experience for me. Seeing both the old and new Dubai was a great experience.
1:50am (local time)
I’m coming towards the end of my stay in Dubai, and it has been a unique experience. The City is unique. The architecture is awesome and finally the atmosphere is very different. Coming from Portsmouth its something I don’t usually experience but it has been an experience and a half.
23:38 (Local time)
Today was my first full day in Dubai and what hit me the most was the extreme heat of the city. Everyone had warned me about the heat and humidity, but like any teenager I hardly believed them 😉 LOL.
I’m writing this sat in the Gatwick North Terminal departure lounge. However due to lack of Wifi I won’t be able to post this till I reach Dubai.
This first blog post marks the start of my trip, and I can’t believe that all the planning has finally come to an end and I will now be embarking on this journey of a lifetime.
I was asked a few days ago about my thoughts about this journey. And the one thing I said is that this is my very own ‘Journey Home’. For those of you who don’t know my ancestors came from the country of India and this journey will link my ancestors past, my parents present and my future together.
There’s a few people I want to thank who have prepared me for this journey (sorry if I’ve forgotten anyone lol)
Firstly my dad Yasin, my mum Waheeda and my Sister Maryam for their unconditional support in planning hopefully the first of many trips around the world.
Secondly to my Uncle Abbas, My Aunt Aminaaz and my cousins Taha and Zainab for helping me plan this trip.
Thirdly to my Uncle Mahmood and Aunt Fatim for their advice on how to handle India.
Fourthly to my Grandad Noorali, My Grandma Gulzar and my Uncle Rasool for their love
Next to the people who I discussed the trip with and who gave me their own small pieces of advice and help that will definitely be of use. My brother Shaiq, Rubaina Bai, Arifa Masi, Rashid Masa, Akeel, Zulie Bha and Shabu Bai
Finally to some of my best friends…. Will O, Will L, Matt, Rhia, Jenni and Holly…..You have all in your own way added to my trip
P.S. Some of the Khoja readers may wonder why I haven’t used kutchi words like ‘Nanabapa or Nanima’. This blog will be read by Muslims and Non-Muslims alike so to ensure everyone can read it I have kept the language plain and simple 😉