interview

#meetthelostandfound – Veer

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Location: Phuktal Monastery, Zanskar Valley, India

What is your name? Veer Bahadursingh Narula, but my nickname is Angad

How old are you? 26

Where were you born? Amritsar, India

Where do you call home? Amritsar, India

What is your religion? Sikh

What is your impression so far of this place? Hmmm… I really like the people, they are very clean.  It’s my personal view that they should be doing meditation.  They are just saying mantras and to me that’s incomplete. It’s the most beautiful and powerful monastery I have ever seen.  I see a good scope in the school considering it has only been open for two years.  I also feel that the classes have to increase and they need a good Buddhist philosophy teacher and an English teacher and a teacher who doesn’t drink.

What have you learned from this trip? Hmmm…I have learned a lot of things… I’ll start with Rishikesh, where I learned there is an alternate reality.  It’s different to the objective reality which is more at the molecular level, that you can see with your eyes closed.  This is how my trip started in Rishikesh, but then I went deeper into it in Gangotri.

Then I learned Vipassana, it was a ten day course, where you cannot speak.  I didn’t meditate before, it is very difficult but it is very logical.

Also, I learned a lot at Rainbow Gathering.  I learned a lot about the value of nature and food and how the material world is bullshit.

After coming here, to Phuktal, I am very sure there are two realities but I also know we need to keep the two balanced.  I would say that ahhh…it’s best if you’re living for yourself, even when you’re helping others you should be doing it for yourself, you do not expect anything in return – this is the shortest way to happiness.

What are you most looking forward to? One, for sure is, to go deeper into molecular reality and try to experience God.  Others would be to survive in minimal conditions, remove all the fears and be more adventurous. And to make travelling a profession and work a holiday. Finding a soulmate.

What made you leave home? I realised this last year, in December, when I was in Egypt.  I just felt it somehow that I had to leave everything and travel.  I was in Egypt again this year and had the same feeling but stronger.  I had no answer to why, I just knew I wanted to travel.

What do you miss most about home? Food

Would you describe yourself as lost or found? I would say I’m a happy lost guy

#meetthelostandfound – Joonas

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Location: Arugam Bay, Sri lanka

What is your name? Joonas

How old are you? 25

Where were you born? Finland, inland and further inland

Where is your home? Finland but maybe more New Zealand now

What is your religion? Kind of , pretty much believe in karma

What have you learned from this trip?  Better surfing, I’m glad, satisfied with my surfing.  I’ve learned to keep going, keep doing what I’m doing.  Surfing and travelling it’s cool.  I’ve learned to look at things from a different angle, like looking at the locals and their lifestyle.  But most of all having new experiences teach you how to deal with situations better.

What has been the highlight of this trip so far? Full moon surf for sure & the Whiskey Point trip (a 12km bike ride in the pouring rain) and all the good surfs I’ve had and good chats I’ve had with people.

What is your impression so far of this place? Really good, a place with such strong opposites, but there are good waves, mellow, cool people.  The biggest thing is meeting new people travellers and locals – really positive.

What do you miss most about home? I don’t know, in Finland there is not many things, friends and family.  Friends in NZ and the NZ summer

Would you describe yourself as lost or found?  Yeah both, definitely you can always learn something more…50/50…not lost, more found.

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#meetthelostandfound – Tuomas

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Location: Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

What is your name? Tuomas

How old are you? 27

Where were you born? Finland, Nokia

Where is home? Finland doesn’t feel like home, it hasn’t for at least 5 years

What is your religion? None

What made you come to this country? Because of the jungle.  Surf of course and jungle fever.

What is your impression so far of this place? Maybe 4/10 or 3/10 that’s all I can say…tuk tuk drivers, the gay tuk tuk mafia

What have you learned from this trip? Ummm….How to do nothing for a long long time

What do you miss most about home?  Nothing (referring to Finland) that’s for sure…My grandma, but she died 4 months ago so nothing. The New Zealand summer

Would you describe yourself as lost or found? (Laughs) 60% found 40% lost.  But it’s up to the day…maybe more found – 70% found 30% lost.

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#meetthelostandfound

When we are unanchored and free to wander, we surrender ourselves to the experience of the unfamiliar.  Our paths wind up and down challenging peaks, inspiring views and from the tangible track we cross into the rocky, unchartered, inward roads of self discovery.  Travel makes us question who we are, where we are and where we want to be.  #meethelostandfound is an ongoing series based on people we meet who are on an indefinite journey of losing and finding themselves – physically, mentally and spiritually.