29 March, 2018

#SpecialFeature :: Learning Experiences from Travel by Sunil Mishra

*** Special Feature - March 2018 ***

Quick Recap:

About the Book:

"Transit Lounge" is a contemporary book consisting of short incidents, observations and reflections while travelling to 30 countries across six different continents during the last 15 years. 

The book is a personal account of travels to places in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand.  

It was interesting to observe all these different cultures and people from an Indian perspective. The book is a compilation of small incidents and events during such travels; it includes losing an air ticket, dealing with difficult custom officials or getting mugged in a prime location in a foreign country.

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Travelling is possibly the best way to learn about the world we live in. If I were to summarize my learning experience from the travel of 30 countries, I would put it as follows:-

1.      I learned about India more by travelling abroad
It looks counterintuitive, but in reality I learned more about India while travelling abroad. Every time I enquired about the local culture, people etc. I was also asked similar queries about India. It is then I realized that I do not know some of the very basic things about our own country. It was always a two way learning experience for me.

2.      What we learn from media is not always the true picture
We learn about other cultures mostly through the electronic media, be it newspapers, TV or internet. I think the media does not have an equitable representation from all cultures, countries and ways of living. For example I had a terrible view of Tehran before I visited them, met many people. They were one of the nicest and most warm people. They seemed to have fond connection with India and its culture. Similarly, most of the African and Latin American nations don’t get reported at all.

3.      India was really transitioning faster than many other countries
From my first international trip in year 2000 to now, if one country has changed the most, then it was India. Whether it was seen through the improved airports, new airlines or the fruits of liberal economy showing its signs – I could see the perceptible change from my first travel to now.

4.      The Indian immigrants always had the umbilical cord intact
Whenever I met Indian immigrants in foreign countries, almost certainly I found them warm and easy to connect with. While we are so divided in India, when we go abroad and settle, there are very common threads to connect; be it cricket, Bollywood, food, life in India or the culture. This I found even in some countries like Mauritius where the folks migrated many generations ago.

5.      Basic core values in all the countries were more or less similar
When we discussed during informal sessions we realized people in general are more alike than different in different countries. Most of the people were hospitable, warm and friendly. Sometimes we tend to get biased by the picture presented by media but the first-hand experience had been really good.

About the Author:

Sunil is a software professional with over two decades of experience in the field of banking technology. Currently he is working with Infosys and has earlier worked with McKinsey, Accenture and I-flex solutions. As part of work he travelled to more than 30 countries across six continents. This constituted the basis of his current book.

Sunil is an MBA from IIM-Lucknow and holds a B.Tech from IIT(ISM), Dhanbad. He completed his schooling in Bokaro Steel City. 

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