“10 years in my school and I never felt welcomed. But the day when we were going our separate ways, when my friend gave me a painting he made of Jimi Hendrix, when we wrote farewell notes on each other’s shirts, the day I was leaving, was the day I truly felt welcomed.
I am from Shimla and my school life had been a bumpy ride with a few nice memories and some friends who’ve stuck around till now. Excluding the bullying of the teachers and students because I wasn’t as good in academics as they wanted me to be and the fact that there was a financial difference added to it, eventually they discovered a new found respect for me because I was good at what I did apart from studies, which were, sports and music.
I was in first grade when I saw our school band called “Sphinx” perform. The drums caught my eye and till date have my heart. I used to sneak into the music room and play the drums. In classes and at home, I would get my pencil box out and use pencils as drumsticks to practice. One day, I got caught by fortunately my seniors were nice. They taught me a few beats and said that once I come to 6th grade, they’d teach me properly. No other instrument had the same effect on me. I remember my mum wanting me to learn the guitar. She would try to sell that idea to me by humorously saying, “Girls will like you more if you play the guitar”. I got bored of the guitar in a couple of months. When I was in 7th grade, I went up to this one band and straight up lied to them that I know how to play the drums. They already had a drummer, but they took him out and asked me to join their band. That’s when I felt the pressure of the lie. I didn’t have a drum kit, I had nothing. That was when I got my pencil box out again, the band members helped me learn and by the end of 7th grade, I could play the drums properly. My parents saw my progress and eventually they got me a drum kit. Ever since, it has been me and my drums, walking hand in hand. I wanted to join a music school but because of how expensive they are I decided to go for the next best option which was learning sound. That was when I shifted to Hyderabad and have been here ever since.
Today, I’m a photographer (I used to take my aunt’s DSLR and click pictures. It was never about taking good pictures, it was about capturing anything and everything that caught my eye), a musician and I have my own record label too. It’s been a rollercoaster and an emotional journey in many aspects. I know I should’ve learnt something from all this, but I didn’t. I didn’t learn anything. These are memories, experiences and moments which I exist in and I have no complaints.”
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