Unforgettable is the moment when I had looked down from my plane. All I could see for miles and miles….snow!
Memory recall took me back to my school and college days. Remembered were Leo Tolstoy novels. Out of the closet of early days memories, emerged stereotyped Russians….stern and strict. The snow reflected only hardness of the hearts of the people living in this snow inundated country.
As I stepped out of the plane. The airport challenged my already formed perceptions. As usual hard it is to accept that you are wrong. Tried to find reasons to prove my biases right but only found warm smiles and eager to help people.
Most of the times they did not understand what I was saying nor did I understand what they were saying. Kazakhstan has taught me words do not matter as long as sincerity to understand exists.
Kazakhstan in winter is snow wrapped but in summer as the snow melts emerges one of the most loveliest green country with white and blue mountains.
As I walked around enjoying this country, came across an old generation that has seen far too much to be conveyed in sign language but whatever they said and did, showed immense pride in past and future.
The young generation impressed me with its confidence, with its fascinating curiosity to discover its roots, yet relentless to make a dent in the universe. They unlike the old generation may not convey the same blind pride for their country for they in their pursuit to achieve national excellence do come across as skeptical but their skepticism is underpinned by a strong desire to make their country the best.
Women rule the business world of Kazakhstan. Confident, creative, smartly clever and caring, they are steering the economy and business to incredible growth.
Almaty is a blend of Old and New time. It is a city at peace with a mix of Old and New values, Russian constructed buildings symbolise an era gone but yet imprinting certain behaviours. The modern buildings symbolise resilience, a confidence to live harmoniously with the past yet determined to craft a more illustrious future.
Astana is different. A modern city with masterpieces of architecture. It is a loud statement about the ambitions for the future.
Kazakhstan has taught me people should influence opinions not literature or media. If I had never visited Kazakhstan, I would never have met one of the most hardworking, focused and driven people in the world.
Wish Kazakhstan a very great future!