Moving to a new city away from the comfort of home can be difficult. And it becomes more difficult when you have to learn a different language altogether. Being born and brought up in Delhi, I had not even imagined in my wildest dreams that I would ever have to leave this place, the place where my friends are, the place where my family lives and the place where my heart lies. But life turned in a different direction and I had to leave Delhi to come to pune for studies.
I was happy to come to pune as I was going to one of the finest universities in India. However, living away from home was one thing I was not capable of handling. It’s only after living away from your parents and out of your comfort zone that you are able to discover yourself. You evolve as a human into someone who is better as an individual.
It was difficult for me to adjust in Pune due to two reasons- firstly, it was the first time I was living away from my parents and secondly, I had to learn a new language and adjust into a new culture altogether. One can for a moment adjust in living alone with time. But to cope up with a new culture is quite difficult. From its food to its language, Pune was totally different. I was in the habit of eating momos and chaat while I was living in Delhi, but here in Pune you had to live on vada pao and bhel puri. That’s how different both places were. I must confess though that the people here are way more good mannered than what I had experienced in Delhi. But their language was the most difficult thing to decipher.
I went crazy when I went out for the first time with my friends as the auto rickshaw driver wouldn’t understand a bit of Hindi. I was lucky that some of my friends knew Marathi who told the driver where to go. This was one of the many instances when I felt like crying out loud. Its irritating when you are among the minority people who know Hindi and the majority Marathi population as soon as they would meet they would start talking in their own language. I tried to listen many a times to understand what they were talking about but nothing could be understood at first.
But now I have started understanding Marathi a bit which has helped me a lot in communicating better with people. Living in a hostel away from the comforts of your home, you learn many new things. Here I feel that I have become a more responsible person as I know that my parents are not here who would tell me my mistakes. I am totally responsible for all my actions. I remember how much I used to get pampered by my parents and here when you have to do all things on your own you realize how much protected you were in your home.it was after coming to pune that I came to know the actual value of money. When you have a strict budget to follow, its then you plan out your expenditures rationally and efficiently.
Now I have started liking pune. I have adjusted myself completely to its weather, food and culture. I believe that this change was necessary for me to evolve as human and as an individual as otherwise I wouldn't have realized my own potential. This change of place transformed me to new person who is now more confident and responsible.
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