One Year as a paying-guest in Delhi:

We all dream to live our life independently. Same with me. The teenager that I was, I came loaded with dreams to venture the city of Delhi. A dream to live alone and experience everything, in short to “live life”! I am in Delhi, far away from home and staying as a paying guest. So, guys you might be wondering that it must be all fun to be the master of your own life, the boss. True, far from home, away from all those “do’s and don’ts” everyone is suppose to be happy and gay about it but reality is bitter. It is just not the way it seems and especially being in a metropolitan, the game turns out to be a rat-race where Darwin pokes into your mind every minute saying- ‘My son, survival of the fittest’.
We, initially think that life would be “romantic” once we are out of our house. But, let me correct all you people out there. I won’t disagree that we become more responsible once we are the master of our own tiny existence, but life becomes more challenging and difficult once the cuckoo is out of its nest.
Everyday you need to fight against your will, against your society, against laid down norms, conventional rules and hegemonised beliefs. Adding to the misery is the fact that you are a girl and you are a paying guest in a city which believes only on Speed. Their would be a constant apprehension about your roommates, tensions about an unseen ‘tomorrow’, about apparently insignificant things like food, dirty clothes, kleptomaniac roommates, sly land-lord, etc. Beside that, there would Be constant intervention from your pg owner (nothing better if she is woman), who can at times successfully make your life hell. Very few are lucky if they can survive on the pg food and trust me on it. In most cases, they’ suck’. I am not kidding. Your appetite gets ruined; you feel dizzy; look mal-nutritioned; faint in between meetings and whole day all you feel is Hungry. Anyway sounds scary but nevertheless, truth it is.
Alright, alright no need to feel depressed or anything! Please don’t. There are more stuff to scare you. The constant thought about your amazing life back home will get you out of your wits, in short, what we call as ‘home sickness’ can be a real terror. Some deny being a victim of it. But that is a plain lie, a bull shit!
My intention was at the least to scare you. Come on, I introduced you to the reality. But after reading these don’t change your mind. Against all the cons that I mentioned few things in life do contribute to your making and a Pg life can be one among them. I learnt and I learnt a lot. I know every household chore now that you can gather in your imagination. I am a stronger woman now, a person who can decide her life course all by herself and knows all the tricks to survive amidst all the odds. Pg life in a city like Delhi can make you, or break you. The choice is yours. Personally I would suggest, there is no loss in being courageous, trust me!

Madhumita:)

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