The shift from student life to IT life, the shift from hometown to a new city, and so many changes have been happening in life. And it feels like a learning phase. A new world unfolds before us with each step we take. This is a journey that takes me to places, faces and new experiences. And this beautiful city called Chennai must be the first station in this journey. And there is all the excitement and fear running in my veins. Observing, learning, stressing, rocking, going through emotional roller coasters, that is how this ride has been so far.
What I see here is dynamicity, a rapidly developing city, standing with pride. Beautifully colored by the ethnicity of an ancient era. Something about this city is preserved through ages that I wish this city never loses. You have some impression on the places and people you have heard of. I had a picture of the state of Tamil nadu inside my head. Where do we get these mind pictures from. May be from the books we read, movies we watch and things we hear. For me some of it I could feel in the routes I covered and some of it is yet to be discovered if they exist. Along with this grand, proud face there is a section of people you encounter everyday. That reminds us of the other side of life, the struggles, hunger and poverty. Some of these faces makes our heart feel heavy and some people just frustrate us. There are so many people coming and begging before us, cursing or emotionally blackmailing if they don’t get money. Many things about this place I can relate with my hometown, but the differences are more.
‘She had the aroma of white flowers..’ somebody wrote. I walk through the streets with my naked hair, and I will pass the girls and women wearing flowers, mostly pure white jasmins, and sometimes roses, marigolds or some violet flowers. It’s beautiful to see. Tasty street food, smell of cooked corn, the sound of non stop traffic. And some friends to share all the experiences with. That’s how my journey back from office can be summarized as.
Each sight looks like a perfect picture, waiting to be captured. There are so many places to visit and its fun with friends. This is a time of ‘first time in life’. First salary, first time staying away from family, first Tamil friend, Telugu friend, and the list goes on. Each of us are so different, from language to what not. We belong to one nation and still these differences makes things complicated or exciting. But most of us are curious and appreciate these differences.
What else…Politics here is exciting for any outsider. And some very interesting political dramas have happened in these days.. That’s it for now I guess. So apart from the hot climate and falling sick :p I am loving Chennai, loving the people I became friends with here but missing mom and home too. Sometimes I miss my room, home food, the view from my balcony but I really like this place, this life.