cool breeze and a distant sound of a train honking…
April began on a great note. It was the first Monday of the month when I had an interview & got an offer to join as a Content Writer at a company in Mumbai. I was obviously thrilled at this as moving to Mumbai had been on my mind for quite some time. Well, second Monday of the month and I had already started working. With a little room of my own to stay at which also includes my personal fridge and a microwave (have been showing off about this to all my friends), I knew I was in for a great time. So, being independent hasn’t been all that scary, yet. I am excited and looking forward to spending a wonderful time in this city of dreams.
About Mumbai though, there is nothing extraordinarily new that I have to say. Thousand different people have written million different things about this crazy city. And just like many other people who come here every day, with a hope to make it big, I decided to come here too. But only to be on my own for a while.
Although it wasn’t the first time I was going to be away from home, it definitely was the first time I was going to live on my own for such a long duration. I hopped on to the bus on a cloudy Friday morning with a head full of mixed feelings. Of course, the encouraging messages from my friends kept pouring in and they definitely made it easy for me to go on, I still felt strangely emotional to be leaving my parents and my little cat behind. With every tree that was passing by, I was going farther away from home, farther away from the comfort & I must say, it itched a little in the head, like a sudden rush of too many thoughts. There even were a few jolts in my stomach (or maybe it was just the bus) but I knew I was walking in on a new chapter of life, one that would change things forever.
So it has been a week since I shifted and I have already roamed around town on my own. From trying to find a house to street shopping and walking the beautiful South Bombay lanes, from sitting by the Marine Drive to cozy-ing up at the book cafes, it has been a crazy ride. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so liberated in my life until now. It is a beautiful feeling to be on my own. I even italic-ed it to show the intensity. Ha-ha! I wish I could put it into words. I really can’t. It just… FEELS GOOD.
Well, the work is new and challenging. New people have entered my life and it is amazing how easily I have adjusted to this setting. Although I miss everyone from back home, it is exciting to wake up every day to go to work and do something new and fun with the colleagues. I’m hoping to learn a lot about the sector that I’m working in and grow as a writer.
Sometimes it is difficult to believe how weird life can get. It never fails to surprise us. The ‘me’ from a month ago would never in her wildest dreams think that just in the course of 30 days I would be sitting by the window of my room in Mumbai writing this thing. One can never predict what comes next. All we can do is always be ready to face both, the good & the bad and make the most of it. That’s the way to go.
So yeah, exciting things have been happening and I can’t wait to experience all the adventures the city has in store for me.
The next week has a lot that I’m looking forward to. There is a long-awaited family trip to Dubai, among other things and I’ll be meeting my ‘mau’ this weekend, so yay! Have missed her, terribly.
P.S. Mumbai, continue being good. I am liking you already.