This is a few weeks late (my apologies) but you see I was trying to pack my settled life in your pretty land and find footing in a brand new city. But don’t worry, I did not forget you.You are a huge part of my life. 6 long, beautiful years have been spent in your company and I got to say, those were memorable, to say the least. I came to you as a rookie, straight out of college, trying to find my place in the adult corporate world and you gave me your best. You made me feel welcome, made me comfortable, made it easy for me to adapt and love my life. What I am today, I owe some of that to you.
If I were to remember my first day in your land, it was filled with wide-eyed curiosity coupled with instant love. Your gorgeous weather, the warmth of your company makes any soul fall in love with you instantly. Your intimate cafes lined by the side of tree-lined ’100ft’ and ’80ft’ roads were inviting during those drizzly evenings. The ever-smiling, young, approachable people of your city would sit and sip hot cup of cappuccino, making one feel at home. Any street I entered, I would find hidden all-day eateries serving the most delicious food and beverage and oh! so inviting. Your streets had a vibe, a positive energy; when I walked and explored, I felt one with your aura.
Your casual yet alluring pubs were the ideal set-ups for a crazy work day when all I had to do was settle back and unwind, without a care for judging eyes. Judging eyes. That is another thing that you never had. Loved that a Bangalorean can be who and what they want and no one would judge or look or care. You gave me a chance to look within myself and bring out the best, both professionally and personally. You gave me the space to explore my talents and present them for the world to see. You are a land of opportunities making space for people like me to come and fall in love.
Yes your traffic made me mad and your infrastructure drove me crazy, but you had this magical appeal that never wanted me to leave you and go to any other Indian city. You gave me a lifetime of friendships, that I will always cherish. You gave me people who I cannot think of living without now. I started my married life with you and I have you to thank for making the 5 years of my marriage so memorable and worthy.
For all those lovely times, for all those before-11:30pm-parties, for all those café gossip sessions, for all the street shopping, for all the lets-try-new-restaurant outings, for all the crazy nights and for all the weekend getaways, I thank you. You made me a foodoholic and a traveler. You have given me a bag full of memories and stories that I will tell the world time and again.
Thank you to all those people (you know who you are) who made our lives come alive in Bangalore. I will miss your presence but you know the connection will always be there. Thank you a million times.
So Dear Bangalore, for now it is a goodbye but you will always have a special place in my heart because as of now, you are my favorite little city. Did not realize that this post will make me all teary so here is me quoting Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”