Friday, January 20, 2012

Move to Pune

I'm moving to Pune tomorrow. It's already been a month into the new year and I'm not really feeling so fresh and new about anything. Pune, though, holds the promise of a shiny, fresh kind of ching! Over the last few weeks, I've been to Pune a few times. Mostly, I've stayed over at a cousin's place in Khadakvasla and just had the most restful time there.

My niece, nephew, and I had once taken our cups of hot tea and chocolate milk and gone to an open field. It was early evening, yet the world had this sweet winter vapour around it. The light was soft and it was chilly. We sat on dried grass, spotted plants with bright orange hibiscuses, and made up stories about the neighbor's labrador, Tipsy.

In Pune again, I'd gone for a birthday party at one of my cousin's friends home. There was dinner around bonfires under a starlit sky. My finger tips remember the smudge of warmth I coaxed out from every dying ember.

I had a few chilly auto-rickshaw rides from Chandni Chowk to Baner. If I closed my eyes, I could imagine traveling in a far simpler world. I was in a bullock-cart - one that carried springtime by the sackfuls.

My interview at the job there required me to wait for a couple of hours while the company made their decision. I spent the quietest, happiest time at a nearby CCD watching the world go by. Every curl of chocolate shaving on my coffee corresponded with a smile from a happy stranger.

Pune is my second innings. I have no friends here for now. But Pune being Pune will give me a few things to start with - skies delicately embroidered with clouds, the best shafts of sunlight anywhere in the world, moments wholesome like fruits - like pretty garnet pomegranate beads. I'll have nights where the moon looks like an impostor trying to gatecrash a party of elfin stars. I'll have daybreaks that lightly tiptoe over tree-tops. There will be summers - hot, parched summers. There will also be summer evenings where my frosty eyes will look up at whisky skies and the season will get intoxicated.

Pune being Pune will give me the world where hopefully, someday, friends will come.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You will defintely make a lot of friends, Mukta. Add shopping, evening walks, Parvati darshan, Saras baug strolls, two-wheeler rides to your list and you will soon find yourself pretty occupied. After all, "Pune, tithe kay une"?

Vinita said...

hey! all the best for the move and the new job and new friends. I hope you found a great place to live, had been looking through nestoria and saw some great apartments - one with a huge balcony (as long as ones you get with terrace flats but prettier).

Priya said...

Hey Mukta, All the best. I have a few friends i Pune - I can introduce you to them if you want.

omnithere said...

:)

Sam said...

Sometimes change is all it takes to feel good about life.. Hope this city sees all your dreams come true.. :)

Shal S said...

I am sure you will love it. But, I also think that Pune will love you more.

Hyde said...

Back to the old days, eh? How have you been? Mail me your new number, if you haven't lost your phone yet.