Most of us move out of Odisha after graduation (primarily engineering/medical :P) for jobs, internships or preparation for higher studies. In the process, there’s a bit of the city that is still within you and you look for little hints about ‘everything’ home.
Things we really miss away from home:
1. City of Temples & Festivals Too
We celebrate at-least 13 festivals in the span of 12 months. Most cities don’t have the luxury of celebrating multiple festivals and pujas.Puja Mandaps spring up across the city fields between the months of September and February to observe Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Laxmi Puja, Saraswati Puja(you get the hint). These celebrations add a flavour to the city and are truly beautiful.
Indira Gandhi Park, MG Park, Forest Park and a huge Botanical Park, the city has taken serious steps to have a green-cover. Though the green belt and trees are slowly falling prey to the rapid urbanization – Bhubaneswar still remains one of the greenest capital cities in India.
3. Where’s the Traffic?
Bhubaneswar fortunately not only has wide roads but also beautiful & clean ones. Most roads are re-done at the first slight of wear and tear. Why wouldn’t you want to live in a city where it takes 30 mins to drive from one end to another?
No, overpriced pani-puri is not Gupchup! People in North India will never get it.
5. The Cops
You read that right. The Commissionerate Police is one smart police force. With the installation of CCTV cameras at crowded public places to having a dedicated mobile application, the cops are tech-savy and how. Also the continuous patrolling in PCRs makes us wonder, how many cars are on the road any given point in time.
6. Street Food
We can give Delhi a run for its money. The favourites being Dahibara Aloo Dum, gupchup, bara-piaji, double-egg chicken roll – the list goes on. There is also a new breed of kiosks, food vans and street food vendors, serving everything from Arabian to Mexican dishes.
7. Single Screens
Cities are today flooded with swanky malls and multiplexes. But the single screens of Keshari Talkies, Maharaja Picture Palace and S Complex have been giving a tough time to INOX/PVRs of the world.
8. Slow Pace
Let’s accept it, most of us wanted the life we are leading now – fast cities, pubs and corporate parks. But looking back – the slow pace of the city makes complete sense now. A train back home anyone?
9. Share Auto!
Very rarely do you come across auto’s which mistake themselves as mini-vans. Just flick your hand and share an auto with anyone. Move aside Uber-pool, we were first! 7 people in 1 auto is just another day at work for the ‘Auto Bhaina’
No over-priced cafe is as good as Khatti at ‘Bhaina Cha Dokan’ or the nearest Omfed Stall.Though ambitious and residing in cities, our hearts still lies in the quiet lanes which we revisit in our head everyday.
Sometimes, nothing except home makes any sense.
[contributed by Jai Debata]