Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Long Cherished Dream

The United Kingdom has always been a charming world for me, to be exact, right from my childhood. The main reasons have been Literature and Nature.

The boarding school stories, the Famous five and the Secret Seven by Enid Blyton coloured my childhood memories. Through these stories, a part of me began living a secret life, a life as portrayed in these enchanting stories. I longed to live in a boarding school like Elizabeth Allen of ‘The Naughtiest Girl’ series. I wished to solve a mystery like the kids in ‘Famous Five’ and ‘Secret Seven’. More than that, I started craving for an English breakfast complete with muffins, scones, hot cakes and creamy porridge. I decided, come what may, I was going to study in the UK.

Time flew and my dreams of studying in the UK remained just that- Dreams.  As a teenager, I graduated into serious literature and interests. Then Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Charles Dickens arrived on scene, pulling me back to UK with their vivid descriptions. This time the addiction was bad. I longed to visit the land of birth of a thousand sonnets. I wanted to see the places where my favourite writers created their masterpieces.

The land which has also the most unpredictable and varied climate intrigued me. The visuals online of the wildest winters, the wet and mild spring, the warm summers and the picturesque autumn, tempted me further. 

Fate, but soon chose a different path for me. A new interest in engineering, made the literature-lover in me, take a back seat. I completed my Civil Engineering degree and immersed myself in a world of Construction drawings, Quotations and Quantity surveying.

With the birth of a son, I took a sabbatical from work and that was when the writing- bug bit me. I began content writing as a way of working from home and started a blog as well.

While searching online one day, I found this snippet at http://www.summer-school.hss.ed.ac.uk/suiss/cwcourse.html about a summer course on creative writing at the University of Edinburgh.
My dream of studying in the UK returned with a bang.


I now wish to apply for this short-term course on creative writing from UK. Which place can be greater than Great Britain when it comes to creative writing in English? The details about the course are so alluring. The best thing is, it is a scholarship course.

I sincerely hope, I will get a chance to fulfill my dreams. I wish that the little girl in me, who cherished to see the sunlight shining on the dew drops on daffodils, will at last breath the air which stirred the muse in many great minds.

While composing this post, another snippet at http://knowledgeisgreat.in/ caught my attention and an additional and loftier dream resurfaced. An Engineering Management course, right there at the University of York, beckons me to fulfill another of my long cherished dream. I was always good on the management side in engineering and the description given below speaks my story. No wonder, I involuntarily dusted out another forgotten dream.

Little do I know what time has in store for me, but I refuse to let my dreams die an early death and I wish they would come true this time.

 Knowledge is Great and man needs to keep his thirst for it alive, throughout his life. The moment he stops seeking knowledge, marks his end.

Visit http://knowledgeisgreat.in/ if you are interested to study in the UK.

This post is written for a contest hosted by Indiblogger and British Council.



  1. Very well written..All the best for the contest :-)

  2. I hope your dream becomes a reality soon Preethi :) Well written !

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  4. Very detailed post :)
    Best wishes for the contest.

  5. You have expressed my loves too, Preethi :)
    Even I love Enid Blyton & all the authors you have mentioned.
    The short-term Creative Writing Course is a great idea as is the Management programme :)
    May you fulfill your dreams!
    Lovely words you have shared-"The moment he stops seeking knowledge, marks his end."
    May we all attain knowledge.
    Best wishes!

    1. Hi 5 for our common interests...!! Thank You Anita..

  6. Ohh I love Enid Blyton too :)I hope you fulfill your dreams ... All the best !

    1. Birds of the same feather..;) Thank you for the wishes...

  7. Two courses, great! This creative course can be made into an excuse to visit UK in summer. Well written and good luck!

  8. Creative writing course will definitely help.
    All the best!

  9. You are already creative in every art field! Wondering how much more creative in writing after doing this course! Best wishes for the contest!

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