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    Posted August 21, 2013 by
    NehaShastry
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    London, United Kingdom
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Where is my home?

    A Serious Case of Wanderlust

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     NehaShastry's family moved frequently when she was young because of her parents' jobs in journalism and media. Now an aspiring journalist herself, she is currently interning with CNN International in London.
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    Whenever I'm thrown into a social situation, the one question I dread answering is "where are you from?" This isn't because I dislike social interaction, its because I simply don't have an answer.

    I was born in Bombay, India but when I was a month old my family moved to Singapore, where I lived until I was 5. We then moved to Jakarta, Indonesia--a stint that was cut short by the coup in 1998, in which we were evacuated back to Singapore. We didn't stay long in our safe haven, and just months later made the big move to Washington D.C. After three and a half years there, my family moved back to Singapore, and two years later, back to D.C where I completed high school.

    I hated moving as a kid mostly because my formative years in the United States had me surrounded by peers who had never even moved homes--and I craved this kind of stability. However, once the prospect of college came around I was itching to go somewhere else and begin anew--so I chose to attend the University of St Andrews in Scotland. But my routine of moving every 2 to 3 years caught up with me, and 4 years in 1 place seemed like an eternity.

    After graduation, I moved to London and am pursuing a career in journalism--a path that ensures travel and instability--and I can't wait to see where I go next.

    So to answer the question, "where is home"...it's wherever I want it to be, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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