Remembering my days, how I crave to do something in my life and looking for opportunities to make my show must go on with all the difficulties.
I was born in a small village in Uttar Pradesh, India. Parents’ vision towards their girl child has been developing in the recent past and this was not the scenario many years ago. On top of this, if you are a girl child born in a small village, the orthodox mindset of not educating the daughter and marrying her off at a young age has been prevailing for a long time. While my maternal family is well educated and motivated me to pursue education and achieve something in my life, my paternal family was completely the opposite. They did not support the idea of educating me. I realized that if I stayed in my village, my father would decide on my marriage soon. As a result, I moved out of my village at a very young age and shifted to Gujarat, where I pursued higher education.
Right from the age of 17, I got a job in a private school and took the responsibility of running my family by myself. I managed my studies along with the job. To manage the daily expenses, I also started taking personal tuition at home. This continued for many years and I gained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in this period. I was given the responsibility of looking after my brother as well, who was 9 years younger than me.
By the time I reached 25, I was still running out of money and could not fulfill the family’s needs. I decided to move out of the country, which would provide a better income to fulfill the demands of my family, as I was the sole earner. My father did not agree with this idea. I somehow convinced my father by giving the reason for his son’s education. My father, who did not even send me to the nearby store alone, said yes to me, to move out of the country.
I contacted visa agencies and passport services to move to Canada. I flew out of the country on 11th June 2014 with dreams in my mind about getting a white-collar job. While I was on the plane, I thought that all my struggles were completed and now everything was going to be fine. My dreams got shattered once I reached there. I found out that the visa agency had cheated on me. They provided me with a visitor visa instead of a work permit. This did not allow me to work in companies and also not get a handsome salary.
Without informing anyone, I took up all sorts of odd jobs and worked on farms, only to survive there and also to feed my family. I did a lot of hard work and had sleepless nights for 3 years and then one day; I got the biggest achievement of my life till that day. I was awarded and recognized by the ‘Rookie Manager of the year in 2017’. I was felicitated in Los Vegas, USA.
My life began to take a proper shape after this. I had a decent job and enough money. Afterward, my aim was to help my brother to settle down as I did. My brother cleared all his exams and secured a rank. He then studied for IELTS and cleared that as well. Within a few months, he also joined me there and started his journey.
Myself Preeti, Today, both me and my brother have secured high-paying jobs and are settled happily in Canada. I consider my brother the biggest achievement in my life. For me, family happiness is of utmost importance. Though I may have been cheated many times in the past by many people, I do not remember that and focus on the next chapters of my life.