As I am leaving India early next Sunday morning, this will be my final blog post from New Delhi. Accordingly, I’d like to thank all of you who have followed me on this once in a lifetime journey. I never dreamed that my passion for music could take me on adventures like this one but I am so thankful that it has. I have met so many wonderful people here in India and I hope our friendships continue to grow. I have also learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of as a musician, teacher and citizen of the world. I have been exposed to Buddhist philosophy and the practice of meditation which has with no exaggeration changed my life. I hope my writing has articulated how this adventure has altered my perspective.
I’d first like to thank Tarun Balani and Pattie Gonsalves, the directors of the Global Music Institute. This dynamic duo is always looking to help and encourage the people that surround them. They possess the rare ability to make a professional environment feel like home. They have built a remarkable institution from the ground up and I cannot wait to see how it continues to evolve. Above all, I am eternally grateful for their constant support. Particularly at the beginning of my trip I experienced a lot of stress and culture shock. Tarun and Pattie were always there to make sure I felt safe and welcome.
Second, thank you to the immediate and extended family of GMI. Jayant, Adhir, Faith, Adi, Smiti, Siddharth, Rohit, Arjun, Abhinav, Julie, Hayden, Suhail, Kartikeya, Nikkhil, Ujwal, Takar, Ipshita, Shadhab, Chayan: Thank you all for taking me in as one of your own. It was such a pleasure to jam, hang out and bakchodi with you. Kitchensink was the soundtrack to my summer. Please keep in touch and continue to make inspiring music.
To my students: Charita, Aman, Vatan, Meghant, Bardar, Vishal, Aneet, Karan, Shriraj, Shubham, Shubham, Shivam, Anupreet and Aakash. You have no idea how much I learned from you all. You inspired me every day to be a better teacher, musician and human being. Your talent and passion are astounding. This is only the beginning.
Finally, thank you to my family and friends from across the world that supported me in this endeavour. As much as I loved Delhi, keeping in touch with you was what kept me going through the humidity, monsoons and confusing bathrooms. It means a lot that even when I’m a million miles away, you’ve still got my back.
Once again, I am so grateful that you all showed interest in my travels and thoughts. I plan to continue blogging when I return to Canada as my life continues to unfold. Hopefully the next step is just as unpredictable as this one.