The Tale of My
As I sat on
the old park bench amidst the surrounding huge trees, I retrospect
my olden days that I spent on the streets of Kolkata. It's
exactly been six months I have landed here
in a different world; what I call 'the land of opportunities'.
I must confess that my life has changed a lot - its hectic
now, full of work as opposed to my school and college days,
which used to be relaxing and fun-filled.
known as the 'Garden City', Bangalore is far and away
from my hometown, the 'City of Joy', Kolkata. If the
former is the place for my bread and butter, it is Kolkata,
which gives me a feeling
of at-ease and relaxed mood. Comparison between the two is
greatly unfair, as both have taught me to live life in my
I owe a lot to Bangalore,
as it has gifted me my first job and it is here that I have embarked
upon my career. Truly a land of gardens, the city is full of enormous
trees and lush green parks and offers a fantastic climate. On the
other hand, I have never seen a city so fast-paced, so full of life.
I feel I am totally thrown into a different world that has a lot
to offer and in turn allows everybody to contribute his or her best.
I miss my old city a lot, it's the place where I grew up, the city
that educated me and opened the world's doors to me. Surprisingly,
I cannot help but enjoy the stark contrast that exists between these
two cities. They are as different as chalk and cheese. If one is
political, the other is corporate to the core.
Kolkata is known
for its political inclination, the regular protests and dharnas
have given the city a unique political climate and is the
home to some eminent politicians. Bangalore, is distinguished
by its IT culture; it has some of the software giants of the
world and once you step into the city, you will be awe-struck
by the enormity of the buildings and campuses of these firms.
If Kolkata has a strong creative culture, Bangalore has a
pool of technical talent. But, both at the same time are known
for their warmth and humility.
My home beckons me;
the ruined and dilapidated buildings of Kolkata built by the British
Raj attract me to my root. The old smelling fish market in Esplanade
reminds me of my childhood - my memories embrace me as I have left
home in search of a new life, that is nonetheless rewarding and
Medha De, a sociology graduate working in Bangalore
in an advertising agency as a creative copywriter. I love writing
and my articles are mainly based on my experiences and feelings.