Delhi. Oh gosh, that word means always fun, happiness and excitement to me. I am excited to meet my old buddies, excited to go for lots of shopping, satisfied to be getting the best treatment for my family and enthusiastic about getting life like people from metro cities do.
I still have the memory of the first time I stepped into Delhi to apply for my AIIMS entrance exam. I had met some new people who took us to the local Lajpat Nagar market after the exam. We laughed whole night about stupid jokes. I even remember the bag I had got from there, for which I got a lot of praise for my taste.
Getting into a college in a metro city is always a dream for a small-city youngster, as we see a better future, better opportunities, better lifestyle, and of course, better fun there.
Delhi is not just a city for me, it’s a life for me. I learnt from every single moment I lived here; I got hatred, got into arguments, got criticised, I shopped, laughed, cried, fought, I showed anger and love, made a bunch of friends, make families, I got support here, I ate and gained weight. I lived every possible emotion anyone can ever imagine.
It’s been more than a decade since I first connected to this place. But today, sitting on a couch, and looking out from a giant window at a city full of lights and metro coming and going, makes me feel that this is not mine. I am sitting alone in a room, with nothing much to do, no friends to call. I spent 12 years building friendships here, I made a bunch of friends here, or I can say I made a bunch of family here, but where are they all?
Where are those monkey with whom I used to hang out?
Moving forward in your life makes you leave behind what you have already built. No, I don’t think so. Do we leave anyone behind until and unless we are done with the work we wanted out of them? We only leave someone when we find ourselves a better replacement. Basically, people find what they really need. I never get bored in Patna because that is my place, my origin belongs from there. They are never going to replace me, they love me, they always do. And they won’t get bored or give me some lame excuse of moving forward.
It’s not only them who make my life more joyful, but it’s me who totally involves myself to make my own life happy and fulfilling. Surely, I have plenty of experiences in all emotions and the progress I got from there.
But the fact is, fancy lights get dim on some days. Likewise, all fancy relations lose there charm, too. Fancy things, a fancy lifestyle, love and friendship definitely fascinate us, but one day, all of it will fade away. It’s only our own charm that we need to live on, because that is the only power that is going to help us live wherever we go. It’s not others’ job to make us feel lively, it’s our own. Don’t give credit to others ,they are not worth it.
So, it’s not about any particular city, but the phrase shouldn’t be “Delhi hai dilwalo ki”. It should instead be “Dilwalo se hai delhi”.
Many people don’t agree with me and I totally respect that but for me, sticking to my roots makes me feel more alive and refreshing At least, the lantern lights never dim off for me. 💞