I completed my engineering and started working in a company in Chennai. Life was kind of settled or I can say I was happy. As everyone thinks after completing the studies, if you get job its more than satisfied. And it’s a full stop for everyone’s target question.
Yeah.. It’s not so easy to be in Chennai if you don’t know Tamil. As a Kannadiga I was knowing Hindi and English except Kannada. For my surprise I got a friend who knows Hindi even though she is from Tamilnadu and she was working in the same company. Later I stayed with her in the same PG which she stayed. She was very talkative and she wouldn’t let me to get bored.
PG life was good. New people use to join every month. Some people we didn’t like to share our room but there was no other option we had to be with them.
I was getting adjusted to new environment, new people, language, office life. Sometimes use to miss home, parents terribly. As I was far from home it was not possible to visit home every weekend because traveling time would be more instead. Only when we get long holidays I use to go home.
As office was walk able distance from PG. We both use to walk together, sometimes we use to go by shared auto if we get late to office. Shared auto was the very best thing in Chennai to travel instead of waiting for govt. bus which will be crowded all the time. At least we can sit and travel in shared auto.
Every weekend we use to go out for shopping, beach or somewhere to eat. Our most favourite place was ‘Ganga Sweets’ Velachery which was nearby to our PG.
Monthly once or every alternate weekends we use to visit T-nagar which is very famous for street shopping.
As money started coming in hand every month, slowly life was changing unknowingly. From T-nagar street shopping to a branded shops, Ganga sweets to Mc Donalds, Dominos Pizza. Each and every one would have experienced this transformation right. 🙂
Our visits to T-nagar would had no meaning now eventually it stopped, as we had many shopping points in Velachery itself for our new taste. Megamart has become our favourite shop for dresses and Bangs burger shop which was just beside to that became our usual eating place in each visit. Smell from that shop use to drag us every time 🙂 We roamed to an extent that each and every shop we visit, shopkeeper knows we both will be together. If we go alone they use to ask where is your friend.. ?
Even though we started having burger and pizza’s these South Indian dishes (idli-vada variety of dosa’s, Appam served with coconut milk, Kuzhi paniyaram, Chola puri) wouldn’t got replaced by anything. It has a special taste which is like our home food.
It was almost a year and I was learning the language, slowly started talking in Tamil. Whole hearted big thanks to my friend. Without her help I wouldn’t have learn’t it. She used to translate each and every conversation in Hindi for me to understand. Then I got many friends and use to talk to everyone in Tamil itself. Everyone there were helpful. So it happened like I became little fluent and I could able to ask my needs if I go to any shop.
Then our office shifted to other place. It was a big building and enjoyed putting rangoli for inauguration day. Employees increased so as the workload. Lunch time walk and photo shoot, birthday celebration in office were very good.
Life was getting busy with work and enjoyment. Even though the time I spent there was very less (two and half years) but the quality of time I spent was very good. Unforgettable moments, learn’t many things in life. It was the life before marriage in Chennai.
If you have a new experience staying away from parents, home, or your state.. You can share your experience as I did…
Happy living… 🙂
You won’t believe how I stumbled upon your write-up, from twitter follower to this article and then to find out you are about 0.1 mi from where my house is in Chennai, I feel like I already know you. I’m a Chennaiite living in the US now, but my home is right there in Velachery !! Keep writing, its as if I’m there at home!
Thanks Roopa for visiting my blog. Many more stories to write in further days. Happy to know that you are from Chennai. Keep following 🙂