Pune to me is where life happens. It is where I found my freedom, where my spirit found expression. It is where my dreams sought reality. It is where I left childhood behind and grew out of adolescence. It is where my values were tested. My heart bruised. My strength strengthened. My limits and my horizons expanded. My courage bloomed. All this...all this is everything I've ever sought from every day I breathe...and this is what the city stands for for me- LIFE.
Memories; what do I say of the days spent loitering at the katta, stayovers at NDA, crackjack pudding at Shai's, philosophizing at the chai tapri, attending MA lectures at the Univ, cooking with david, late night bike rides, having people over ALL the time at my KP house...umm...having no one over at my Sinhagad house :P...days spent "working" at Sheesha, breakfast at Goodluck, the trudging to schools for work...team meets at free...studying all night at Chandani Chowk, biking it on the Highway at all hours of night and morning...daaru and sutta, fighting and making up...with Ravi(Sharma)...Girlie nights out with Su...and so much more that I am missing here...it has been a journey to remember and the best part is, the final chapter is a long way from being written.
Bangalore is my haven, it is the shelter in a storm. I have lived here much lesser in comparison to Pune and that I mention the place in the same breath as Pune is testament to how much it has meant to me. It is my place to heal and buckle up for life. It is my place to let go of iron reserves and just allow myself to BE...It has been a place of rediscovery..of inner peace, of second chances. Bangalore is Shoiba. Oh, it so is..and she is more than just a mentor...she is compassion, comfort and love. Banglore, quite prominently, is also where I found Ravi (Kiran)...Pune is where I met him, This is where I found him...somewhere between the tears, laughter, lunches and dinners at my staircase, buffooning around at his place, the back rubs, the considerate bike rides, sweet chariot sandwiches, conversations over hookah and park benches...ah, well, I'm just glad that I did.
So here's to my two cities...the experiences they have given me and to the people who've made them more than a geographical location. CHEERS...to more to come.