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2007

2007

2007

In 2007, I spent six months in India and practically spent everything that I had saved in 2005 while working for a NGO. The money I had was spent in my quest to come to India. However, after six month in India, I went back to Korea and found myself a nice job in a research firm with a fancy office. I was happy with my new job but I knew something was missing. I couldn't quite pinpoint it, but I knew that my heart wanted something else. 

I used to listen to my colleagues talk among themselves about making money and investing in the stock market. I was really disheartened because I knew how people were living in Africa and India with no facilities at all. One day from what seemed out of nowhere, I got a call from an American textile company who was setting up a factory in Madagascar. The owner of the company flew to Korea from the US to interview me. To my surprise, I got a job in Talatamaty, Madagascar. It shocked me that I was moving back to Africa so quickly once again. I had moved to Madagascar once before in 2004. This time I had not planned a move away from Korea. It kind of fell into my lap, and I couldn't say no.

With that decision, I made a plan for the first time in my life. I took the job with the goal that I would save up for one year and then travel back to India. This was an exciting decision for me. I was only spending 300 dollars per month and that too was only on basic requirements. I was able to save up the rest of my salary. I knew I had to leave after a year so I even cut expenses by sharing a small house with other people and took the local bus to and from my workplace. It was a hard year as I scraped together every cent in order to save money.

I always had a dream of buying a vintage car which I fulfilled in Madagascar. I got myself a very old English Mini Austin. I had a habit of running after my dreams with full devotion. However, the most important lesson I learned that year was that sometimes it is better to sacrifice a passion for the greater good.

I learned this the hard way. My dream car broke down just after 10 days after purchase. It was not only a headache but also a dent to my financial savings because I could only fix the car by flying in spares from Great Britain. One time, I almost died when the wheels came off while I was going back home from work late at night.

After my one year stay in Madagascar, I resigned and moved back to India. The plan was not exactly detailed but I knew my end goal as I had a fair idea about the requirements of settling in India. 

 

 This is a picture from 2007 at my farewell party in Madagascar. The flags represent my best friends' nationalities at the party. 

This is a picture from 2007 at my farewell party in Madagascar. The flags represent my best friends' nationalities at the party. 

 Traveling to see baobab trees in Morondava, Madagascar 

Traveling to see baobab trees in Morondava, Madagascar 

2008

2008

2006

2006