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Aanchal Bhartiya - Nagpur, Maharashtra

Aanchal Bhartiya's Story of Change

One fine day in May, 2014, my best friend told me about the Youth Conference in Panchagani. The very format of the conference was something that triggered all kinds of questions in me. But surprisingly enough, I was a little sceptic to go. I had just ended with my HSC exams and I wasn’t really up for anything like a meditation camp of some sorts where people came up to me to tell me what I should do with my life. I even went to tell my friend how upset I would be with her if it turned out to be something like that.

Nonetheless, I packed my stuff and boarded the bus on the last day of May, wishing, praying and hoping that it be for the good. It has been more than half a year now and I still can’t describe that moment when I stepped at Asia Plateau. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve been to in the past 18 years of my existence.

In that one week of June, I, who was otherwise so inexpressive and cold, found myself revealing those things to people I’d only known for such a short period of time, that occupied some of the most profound places in me. I can’t claim to know what it was. The place, the people or me. I never thought I would reveal all that to anybody, let alone some new faces.

More than anything else, the unconditional positive regard that is primary to every individual here is something that I identify with. It has absolutely no seconds. It was in a mere matter of seven days that I realised how inconsiderate and dismissing I really had made myself into. And that if anybody could help that, it was me and me alone. But the path that would lead me into taking these decisions would be what the Youth Conference found for me.

Fortunately enough I also had the life-changing opportunity to attend the December workshop. Looking at how wonderful my experience of the Youth Conference was, I was only looking forward to it. I had heard about this workshop from friends who’d attended it earlier but of course, till the time I didn’t surrender myself to it, I didn’t know what they all meant. Somehow, I just end up believing that that week of December was the best week of my life. I found certain things about me that had made such a deep impact on me but I’d only suppressed them till the end. I realised how I could only move ahead and shun all those false beliefs I had held. I could so clearly fathom all of those things about me that were so ambiguous and uncertain up until those few moments of clarity. I knew I could be better. I knew I could change and change into somebody I would love to meet.

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