I was not prepared for the situation, says Manipur youth who stranded in Kazakhstan for 10 days

Imphal: Twenty five-year-old Luiramsing Zimik from Manipur’s Senapati district has finally reached home after being stranded in the Republic of Kazakhstan for 10 days. He got back home to his family on January 16.

On January 5, Zimik, currently pursuing his Masters degree in Divinity at Hoseo University in South Korea, was returning to India via Kazakhstan. However, upon reaching the central Asian country, his flight for New Delhi on the following day got cancelled due to the closure of the airport at Almaty over the political unrest in Kazakhstan.

Speaking to EastMojo over phone from his home at Mapao Zingtun village, Zimik said that he is grateful to God for such a wonderful experience. 

“I won’t say a turbulent experience but it was rather a significant one. Now, I am challenged looking back and looking forward to what’s ahead,” said Zimik in a confident tone.

Sharing his experience in Kazakhstan, Zimik informed that he was not prepared for the situation and it was totally unexpected, and he was caught off-guard when he came to know that his homecoming plan would have to be delayed indefinitely, as the crisis in the central Asian country grounded all flight services.

When asked how he coped with the situation and took care of his mental health, Zimik said, “I tried to cope with it on a daily basis. Everyday, I would came up with some set of goals, not very specific but I tried to look at the situation and then I decide to change my perspective accordingly. As a person, I was worried about myself and those friends and families who were back home and worried for me. But I tried to calm down and tried to see the situation from the point of view of people in Kazakhstan. I was there as a guest for a day and my stay got extended.”

“So, when I tried to see the world from their perspective, it gave me a new inside. So, that led me to sympathise with them and not worry about myself. In fact, I prayed for them, rather than praying for myself,” he added.

Despite having gone through a trying time, Zimik said he hopes to visit the country again. “I don’t know when but I pray God will open a door me,” he said.

He added, “The world is a beautiful place. It’s the people who turned it into a different place. The situation won’t always be pleasant; don’t expect anything. You will be challenged, you will make mistakes. It’s how you respond to the situation.”

“If you only think about yourself, it ends with you. But if you think about others, you can at least change the circumstances. Go out to the world, don’t be afraid; God is with you,” he added.

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