Greek philosopher Diogenes (412 BCE) when asked where he came from, proclaimed: “Kosmopolitês”, “I am a citizen of the world”. The ancient Hindus considered “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” – the whole world as one family. The Surat Al-Hujurat (verse 13) declares “Equality among people”.The Bahai faith proclaims that “the earth is but one country and mankind its citizens”. Tagore wrote of a “heaven of freedom… where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls”. And then John Lennon sang “Imagine there’s no countries”, as did Michael Jackson –“We are the world, we are the children”.
Hi ! I am Shumon Sengupta. Welcome and thank you for stopping by! By now you would have got a good sense of the inspiration for my blog. I have traveled, lived and worked in different countries and I am currently based out of Kampala, Uganda. I have embraced peoples and cultures and made the countries my very own while I have lived there . I am from Kolkata (India), but the Earth is my Home.. I am a World Citizen.
I work in the International Aid and Development Sector. I love my work, travel, people, art and culture. Above all, I love the experience and the feeling of being a father to a delightful little girl in whose starry eyes I see hope for the future world. Through my blog, I hope to share a big part of my life with my readers – my experiences, journeys to different parts of the world, my work, my family and friends, people I meet, my interest in the arts, aesthetics and culture and most importantly – my sense of wonder at things small, big and infinite i.e. my experience of what I hold as true, good, beautiful and the eternal.
At the end of the day, my blog is about the brighter side of life; about‘Ānanda’ – Joy that transcends our worldly trials, tribulations, sorrows and sufferings and helps us become more humane. Should you find some beauty, experience even a few fleeting moments of joy through my blog, I would have done my job; paid my dues, as much as that was possible, to the beauty that has been revealed to me, for all the joys that I have experienced.
Through the Tales from my Trail as a World Citizen, I welcome you to‘journey’ with me. And I invite you to share your ‘journeys’ with me too! So do write to me if you care to share something and have a few moments to spare.