Paradise

Lonely Planet Magazine India|January 2019

Paradise

At the age of 23, Shivya Nath quit her corporate job to travel the world. A couple of years later, she gave up her home, sold most of her belongings and started living nomadically. This is an account from one of her many solo adventures – a snippet of an insightful conversation she engaged in on the shores of Mauritius, with Amar, an Indo-Mauritian fisherman, as she sat pondering over the idea of ‘paradise‘, and if it really did exist

Shivya Nath

Amar told me about his life; the long days at sea looking for fish and seashells, the long days on the beach peddling fish and seashells. “I don’t have a lot of money”, he said, “but I always have enough food for my family and I’m lucky to afford a nice sweater.” I guess I must have unintentionally shot a sympathetic glance towards his worn-out sweater, for he went on to explain that most of his friends work in a sugar- cane factory, clocking in 8 to 10 hours a day, making wages decent enough to afford a better sweater, a better house, sometimes even a holiday. But he refused to accept one of those jobs because his heart belonged to the sea.

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January 2019