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Stuff I hate about Bangalore

Posted by Sowmya on April 29, 2014

1. Horrible traffic- Flouting traffic rules, driving on the opposite side, incessant honking, etc can drive even a Chennai auto driver insane…and that is something! I actually had a guy honking at me for not moving on the ramp of a mall parking at 11 pm. Does he really think that is my choice of hanging out? Obviously there is a car ahead and I can’t move. Why else would I be on the incline for 10 minutes?

2. One Ways – All roads are one-ways. To reach anywhere, you need to go in circles and circles…..and still you end up on the Exit side of the building instead of the Entry…and you start going in circles again! The worst thing is you pass by your desired location and there is no way you can take a u-turn and return. You need to go across the entire city to get back to square one.

3. Customer service – Here, it means the customer has to do the service. Shrugging, blank expressions, rolling eyes are all acceptable form of customer service…..especially if done in slow motion. I routinely fill my bags with the billed stuff at super markets because I lose patience with the snail pace of the guy at the billing counter. I order two hours in advance to get stuff at my desired time. Worst is if I can’t find something on the aisle and need to ask one of the retail store executive…..total nightmare!

4. IT – You just have to be working with an IT company if you stay here. Else you are a second class citizen. Landlords don’t like to rent out. They do rent out but eye you very suspiciously. Neighbours don’t know what to talk to you. And you need to have a lengthy explanation always as to why you are not in IT and still live in Bangalore

5. Airport – They make it so hard to escape this city. Cos the airport is near Chennai or maybe Hyderabad rather than Bangalore. Just takes forever to get there. And I have at times, paid more for the cab to the airport than for a flight ticket to Mumbai.

And I have justified each one of these with these little words “just look at the weather”.
And NOW….what’s left really?

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What do I do?

Posted by Sowmya on June 8, 2011

The BIG update in my life is that I am moving….again…this time to Bangalore!

It feels weird all over again. It is a new place but the three years in Chennai have made me tougher than before. I am no longer apprehensive of new places and new people. I don’t worry about not having my doc around or my tailor or beauty parlour. These may sound trivial in the larger scheme of things but trust me, these were stuff I found it hardest to adjust with. When simple daily stuff are not the way you want them to be, life is unsettled and you feel like you are in Mars. You can call yourself truly settled in a place when you know the small eateries there or where you get fresh flowers daily or who can do all the alterations in your clothes for less than ten bucks. All this usually happens once you have established a network of people -different kinds of innumerable people. But this network gets built over a long period of time.

The ironic part is that I had just begun to get comfortable in Chennai, just begun to know and understand it. I discovered the place, found new routes and started building my people network. But now I have to leave and start the process from scratch. I may or may not be as lucky in Bangalore as I was in Chennai. I may not find similar minded folks around me and I may never know who to go to when I run out of milk. I guess I have not shed all my apprehensions about moving as yet. I still don’t like it. I like the comfort of familiarity. Is that wrong? Is it wrong to want to have familiar friendly faces around?  To have few people to smile at on my way to the local grocer? Why can’t I continue to stay in the same place forever. I thought I had made my share of adjustments and shifts when I made the mega move from Mumbai to Chennai. But I guess it was not enough.

Though I know I have done it before, it still seems to be a big challenge. All said and done, Chennai is a place I have visited since childhood. I know its streets, its smells and its people. I am aware of its moods, its flavours and its culture. I have relatives who are only too pleased to share their knowledge and guide me around. But Bangalore is totally alien. I knew very few people there and from what I understand they stay in the ‘city’ while I am technically outside it. What do I do?

I had grand plans of working from home for my Chennai company but suddenly I am not so sure.  Would it make sense to pick up a regular job in Bangalore -just so that I know more people and get familiar with the place? But is that what I want? To work in a regular job again? When do I do things that I really want to do? What is a good time to start living life the way you want to? What do choose between duty and desire? Between pride and desire?

What do I do?

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