First story of Shanti

Hello this Shanti Thokchom from Tulsa, Oklahoma, originally from India
I love to travel in my own small ways I could if,when , where & how I want it under my means & budget . I am a single mom to a teenaged son, I was born & raised in Imphal in the remote north East Indian state of Manipur and I am eldest of 7 siblings. My parents were uneducated & belonged to two different communities

I worked really hard to supplement the family income. In the meantime, I was very curious to visit interior villages of my coworkers back home. I started to accompany them to their homes during school holidays . Btw, I used to teach part time in a private kindergarten school in Imphal. I got paid just some $15 monthly but I was so happy cos I was earning on my own right after school and I did not have to bug my parents for $$$.

That’s how I started my love for travels in the 80s. Since then, I have always looked for ways & means to work as well as travel cos I am always wanting to know about people, places & their culture. I attended a general Nursing school in Jorhat Mission hospital, Assam & really became very interested & more adventurous. I had batch mates from different places & regions of India. That was a real Good enough reason to travel & explore !!

To continue about my travelling journey , well, I went to Mumbai in the summer of ’92 to look for work. I did not know anyone there except the staffing agency lady with whom I kept in contact with. It was pretty scary for a north East Indian gal with different looks from the mainland Indians to land there in such a big metro city like Mumbai

But I took a deep breathe & said to myself , I need to be strong for myselfMake it or break it! The taxi drivers at the Mumbai railway station were all giving me curious looks & that scared me all the more. We had heard lots of horror stories about Mumbai’s red light areas where so Many young innocent & gullible Nepali women were forced into sex traffic. I couldn’t even breathe easy thinking about it.

Well , I waited for the daybreak at the Dadar railway station, I toughed it out. And then I called up the staffing lady and informed her about my arrival in their big bad city of Mumbai and that I was very very scared to venture out of the station! She then instructed me to take a cab & gave the directions for her office. Thankfully , I knew how to speak Hindi so this cabbie couldn’t fool me or whatever. He dropped me off at the correct address & voila – I was in Mumbai at last. It was then known as Bombay. That’s where & how I got to start working in the city as a private nursing / sitter for the Richie rich families of this city !’

I was accommodated in a room with 2 other ladies from Kerala who worked the night shifts . Gawd! Their beds stunk of putrid coconut oil,  but I had no choice but to place my own bed sheet on that bed to sleep. I had to learn fast the ways of this city or else could be left behind. 

My staffing agency lady made my room mates accompany them to my new assignment  at the Breach Candy hospital in South Bombay. These Kerala nurses did not want to do that, they muttered something in Malayam language under their breathe and I knew it was not a nice one. But I kept on being patient and tried to learn fast the city’s ways. I wore a shalwar kameez to go to work and changed into our white nurses uniform when we reached the hospital. Anyway, living , working and staying in Mumbai city has made me much more mentally tougher & able to deal with other life’s crisises.

Due to my hard work & dependability & sincerity, I was being recommended by my patients’ families to their own circle. That’s how I was able to come in contact with a nice lovely Indian doctor couple who were doing their internships in New York ‘s Roosevelt Hospital! They were looking for some one trustworthy to take care of their infant daughter and I just happened to be recommended to them by their relatives! I was sponsored by this couple to come to New York City to take care of their baby daughter in spring of ’99.  

What happened next? I met my American hubby in a church and got married in ’00… We had a son together, but my husband died in an accident in “08! I have been since then raising up my son single handedly an also travelled to places I wanted. 

Stay tuned to know more about Shanti!

Author: Shanti Thokchom

About: Widow, working  a nursing assistant in a nursing home, love to work hard and travel in my own ways! 

 

41 thoughts on “First story of Shanti

  • 2.2.2017 at 12:36
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    It’s really very interesting story. Thank you echem Shanti Thokchom. We wish you a great success in you life.

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  • 2.2.2017 at 13:02
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    Very interesting and inspiring story of a brave woman. The story is also written in a simple style much in the liking of young readers.

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  • 2.2.2017 at 13:04
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    Your life journey is an inspiration to us future generation. That hardwork,sincerity,honest,adjustability and never giving up attitude in life will lead us to a great future…. Thank you che Shanti Thokchom for your inspiring words and life…

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  • 2.2.2017 at 13:42
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    Story worth reading by everyone.Truly inspiring .

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  • 2.2.2017 at 13:42
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    Yes!! Where there is a will, there is a way… You are truly an inspiration.. 👍👍

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  • 2.2.2017 at 14:56
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    Ichemma .. your enthusiasm and attitude towards life is truly motivating

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  • 2.2.2017 at 18:01
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    This world need more bravehearts like you……zeal to fight the realities of life while keeping your passion for traveling alive….you are truly an inspiration…love to hear and learn more about you…..god bless you and your son….

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  • 3.2.2017 at 4:44
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    Hats off to you Eche Shanti .

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    • 3.2.2017 at 5:38
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      Nice stuff, continue working Shanti, our girls should follow u.
      I am proud of you, may be we can meet when I come to USA next
      My contact no -+919436026349

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      • 8.2.2017 at 3:02
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        Thx Dr.Thiyam Suresh Singh for your encouraging comments …Let me know when you plan to visit the States….Why not make it a point to join the NAMA convention in Houston, Texas this year on 2nd & 3rd july??

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  • 3.2.2017 at 7:42
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    Wari asi parubada….punsi haibase ethan nata lanthengnagad bani haina pukningda phaohalli ……….thagatchari eche

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    • 8.2.2017 at 2:52
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      Ke’jit Mangangcha…..yamna thagatchari inao….thanks so much for all your support

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  • 3.2.2017 at 14:14
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    Eche shanti very inspiring story I love your high spirit of fulfilling your dream along with work. I got the lesson how hard it might be but keep on going and get your dreams. Don’t stop.

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  • 3.2.2017 at 16:37
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    U r truly an amazing woman.God bless u

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  • 3.2.2017 at 18:25
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    Hello Eche I’m also an aspiring nurse . It had also been my desire to work in The US. I passed my bsc nursing from rims and I’m now working in Delhi. I wanted to know, how did you get licensure for practice in the US? Is it mandatory to appear the Nclex examinations? I’m still a learner though.
    I’d love to hear from you Eche.
    And best wishes from me.

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    • 8.2.2017 at 2:59
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      Anila Huirem, thx sis for your comments..I don’t work as a nurse but as a nursing assistant…I could have done the Nclex but didn’t as I did not have no one to guide me through , but I have made peace with myself that I am mentally satisfied & happy with what I am doing…..!!! Money is not everything to me…but mental happiness is topmost priority for me !!! You can do your own research about the job prospects in the US…..!!! .yes, you do have to clear the CGFNS exams 1st & then apply for jobs here and then proceed accordingly…..if the hiring hospital is willing to sponsor you, then you have to clear the Nclex & individual state licensing exams…..anyway, look up on the internet for this…..Wish you all the best…As for me, I did not mind working any & every kind of job..big or small….to me , work is work !!!!

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  • 7.2.2017 at 19:10
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    Such an inspiring story, Iche Shanti! Proud of you.

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  • 8.2.2017 at 6:46
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    Amazing Person… God bless you

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