it's been 10 years
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It’s Been 10 Years

1 June 2024 made 10 years since we moved from Mumbai to Hyderabad (in Telangana, India). At some levels it feels like it was only the other day that we took this decision. And then it also feels like a lifetime ago.

What made it more significant was that on 2 June 2014, the day after we arrived, Telangana got its long awaited statehood.

It’s Been 10 Years

We had visited Hyderabad around February of 2014 to spend time with my family. Although moving to Hyderabad was something we had considered before, it was a spur of the moment decision to take a house on rent. Somewhere at the back of my mind was this idea that we could be a support to my parents and also that we’d have a better support system of family and friends (all mine).

And after a few months, we moved here with our sweet boy, Pablo, travelling from Mumbai to Hyderabad (almost 700 kms) by car to settle into life here.

The best laid plans of mice and men go awry, they say! But I’m keeping that story for another time.

We enjoy Hyderabad for the openness and greenery, especially around our place. The air is cleaner. The cost of living is much lower than Mumbai. We can actually drive around here. We can walk our dogs around without traffic.

There are so many blessings we’ve enjoyed in these 10 years and I’m truly grateful for them all.

10 Lessons In 10 Years

There was also lot of strife, toxicity and grief that made these 10 years quite difficult. I learned a lot about myself and life in these years.

If I was to think of 10 lessons that I’ve learned in the last 10 years they’d be:


1. Put yourself, your mental, emotional and physical health before anything else
2. Be bold, fearless and speak your mind.
3. Those who get you will get you, the others will drop off like flies!
4. It’s possible (necessary, even) to cut yourself of people who bring toxicity and drama into your life – you will survive without them.
5. Forgive, but never forget. When someone shows you who they are, believe them, and act accordingly.
6. Invest in people who see you for who you are and love you.
7. Try out new things, new ventures. Don’t regret if they don’t work out. It’s better than regreting not having tried at all.
8. Grief is a sneaky thing. It will come upon you suddenly. Don’t fight it.
9. Be passionate. Love fiercely and stand up for justice no matter what the consequences.
10. Hold on to what truly matters – your principles!


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An inspirational writer, a creativity and writing trainer/coach, I write about life, gratitude, healing, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. I offer training/coaching to anyone looking to explore their creativity and heal through writing via The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter, Bytes of Gyaan, on Substack.

4 Comments on “It’s Been 10 Years

  1. Hi Corinne – your ten points were very true and I’ve learnt several of them myself over the last decade or so. I think if we learn them and don’t become bitter or disillusioned, then we grow into more empathetic human beings and get to be encouragers and cheerleaders for those we care about.

  2. Congratulations, Corinne. I am glad to know that your life in Hyderbad was everything you had hoped for.
    The lessons you’ve shared are valuable indeed. Thank you for sharing them. ❤️

  3. Hi Corinne, it’s been 30 years since I visited India and I still have fond memories of all the people that invited us into their homes and made us feel welcome. I sat up late into the night having deep, insightful conversations with a myriad of people, from Ladakh down to Kerala. I found that a smile and an open heart attract the best kind of people. I hope to come back one day and travel again.
    Best wishes
    Barnaby

  4. I am glad you are in Hyderabad, specially now that it is my second home! I love the city and of course the food! Let’s have more food adventures the next time we meet.

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