City lights represent hope and promise for the most of us. Yet, for Nitya, they reminded her of the crowd and the jostling for space - a constant, unpleasant reminder of how the material pursuit does not lead to true fulfilment. She left the city a few years back and has not looked back since.
Nitya sought answers to the questions she had in mind, answers which Delhi could not provide. She was not sure of the direction in which her life is headed, and there was uncertainty about the path she had chosen. This lack of purpose made her feel lost, and experience uncomfortable loneliness despite having a loving support system.
It was a strong realization that one has little control over one’s surroundings, but complete control over oneself. This made her leave all her possessions behind, and start a new life in a new place, away from the blinding race. The unpleasantness was a difficult journey, and quite trying on the personal front. When it all became too much, it led her to take a step towards self actualisation.
Her tryst with the mountains started as a child, when her father moved to a small Kumaoni village. A two year old Nitya fell in love with the blissful surroundings as she spent all her summers there. Now back to her special place, she stays in a small village house, safely constructed and stocked with all the basic amenities. Her companion, and partner in all the adventures she has, is a pup named Gobi.
Currently Nitya is running Naveen's Glen, a homestay at Nainital named after her father. Sources say that its slice of heaven where everyone is welcome. Apart from the place being pet friendly, your any other requirements are met if Nitya is informed in advance. If you are into bird watching or ornithology or seeking a new place to photograph, you must get in touch with her. She even takes small groups for treks ! Check out her work here - Nitya Budhraja
Her story made us look within, and helped us realize that the source of happiness is inside us. Yet, we pursue it outside, and seek joy in something external. The hunger is insatiable as we consume and consume in order to fit in and experience what bliss means. Nitya took a step back, and chose a path less traveled by - and leaving us deeply inspired in the process.