Naga Chokkanathan

I worked in Hyderabad for few years. It was a nice city, but very different from our native state.

For most of us, it was the first experience living in a new city. We had to learn a new language, understand new customs, interact with new people… some saw it as a challenge, some found it as a torture.

For example, one of my friends knew the local language already. So some others learnt from him. It was a fun experience even though the learning process itself was difficult.

Another group learnt the local history and started visiting interesting places whenever they had time. Like this, each group was finding new ways to manage the stay in an unknown place.

As my work was interesting, I could forget this and got along with friends. Slowly I started enjoying the city.

After few months, a new person joined our company. He was from the same state as ours and he went through the same issues we originally had. So we tried to help him by introducing him to good food, interesting friends, movie theatres etc.

However, for some reason he was not comfortable with that city. He kept complaining about the weather and told us he will go back the moment he gets a better job in his home town.

He was trying many interviews too. But, for some reason he was not getting selected. He was forced to continue living here which frustrated him.

At one point, his constant complaining nature made us go away from him. This further upset him.

My friends told me that his work performance is affected too. Managers were not happy with him. He is a talented person, but this mental torture was making him look average.

We all felt for him. But didn’t know what to do. We can offer to help, but he should be ready to accept.

That year, we all planned a summer trip. We asked him if he would join. He refused.

On the day of journey, I saw his dull face and asked him if everything is okay. He said yes. But I could see that he was worried about something. May be, he thinks he should’ve joined us?

So I asked him openly, ‘do you want to join the trip?’

‘No’, he answered immediately. But that was a weaker no, when compared to his previous refusal.

Hence, I pushed further and made him accept. I don’t know what made him change his mind, but I was happy to have him in that trip. But, from where will we find place for him in the car?

Originally, we were planning to take a taxi with a driver. Now we changed that plan and took just a taxi. Two of my friends volunteered to take turns and drive so that this friend can join us.

He was thrilled beyond our expectations. He thanked us many times until we asked him to shut down and enjoy the trip. He had great fun and returned as a different person.

That single trip changed his perspective about living in a new city. He learnt to enjoy any place, because people matter as much as the location. He told me this when he moved to a foreign country after two years.

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1 Response to "New City"

Yup. As an aside, people will complain about moving to Coimbatore because it is a ‘town’, but will be ready to go and live in Charlotte, NC. WTF only 🙂

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