Life in the new city
A lot has been written about the life in the new city. My story is probably something that can seem and sound very common to most of the readers. However, I still choose to share it. Because how much ever common it is, it still is a whole new experience for me.
So here goes…
I hail from one of the simplest, well cultured cities of India. Most of my life till now, I’ve lived in one same place. For years. In Pune. It’s a simple city. Wonderful weather, reputed educational institutes and endless options for youngsters to hang out at- Pune has got it all what I found to be of vital importance during my growing up years. Even with so many little luxuries, I always felt that I longed for something. That was Fernweh. It is a German term for probably what could be said as the ‘distance sickness’ and means the exactly opposite of homesickness. It was this fernweh I was dying to experience. My years of being a sincere German language student gave me a perfect opportunity of working for an MNC that was located in Bangalore. I grabbed it and in no time found myself in Bangalore. With me were several other new comers, or as they call in the corporate world, ‘relocaters’…
Now, let me tell you about the most commonly observed things in people who land in new city.
New hopes: That’s probably ‘the first thing’ people have when they land in a new city. I had new hopes too. My anticipations were high and I was hoping constantly that my life here would be a joy ride. Fortunately, that has proven to be correct to some extent.
Curiosity: Ah, curiosity! About trying out the local cuisines, visiting the local hotspots and so on. Well, the food that Bangalore has to offer wasn’t really new to me. It’s easily available all over in Pune. And yet, I wanted to try it here. Same went with the places. Visiting the popular local Palace here is top on my priorities’ list!
Expanding the horizons: I talk about the social circles here. The new comers in the city are always looking forward to making new contacts and acquiring new friends. Not every contact is a success. But ultimately each one of the new comers lands up with a few new friends. This further invites new approaches and new perspectives towards life and teaches you a lot of priceless things about life! In the few months that I’ve been here, I can proudly say that I’ve befriended a lot of people, but I’m genuinely considerate about only a few among them. I know the number isn’t fancy but even so, I treasure these bonds. They are much deeper than I ever anticipated!
The feeling of independence: This feeling of being independent is probably one of the most beautiful things that the new city has to offer to us. I have never felt independent before. The new city scares you, takes your anxiety levels way high! You learn to get over the fears and that’s one of the most required steps towards achieving independence. Embracing independence is wonderful! And it makes you love yourself more as a person.
Comparisons: Let’s admit it. We all compare the new town with our home town or the town where we have grown up. The weather, the monetary expenses and the cultural habits are the most common factors of comparison. In the beginning, I would constantly compare Bangalore and Pune. It has reduced with the time. But I’m quite sure that it won’t be eliminated fully.
Homesickness: It’s home after all. And whether we admit it or not, we all miss it. Don’t we all desire for our mommy’s breakfast or for the gossip session with our little sister?
With a few personal touches, I’ve attempted to convey my little story. It might not be very appealing. I’m still a passenger in the new journey! To all who are starting a fresh life in a new city, I’d want to give a little piece of advice. Make right use of the freedom. Explore new places. Freedom is simply wasted if we don’t explore what lies before us. It will certainly teach you a lot. Do something new. It could even mean learning a musical instrument or taking up a dance class. It’ll help you serve at least one or two purposes, including ‘expansion of your horizons’. Indulge in the local culture. Try out all the possible local cuisines. Probably it could be the best time for that! You never know when the same opportunity would come back again.
And finally, keep learning. Because, that’s what life is all about…