As the age old saying goes ‘home sweet home’, one may travel all around the world but breathes a sigh of relief and satisfaction only after returning to those old streets and noisy neighbourhoods where one grew up. From the Nagpuri “hao” to “bey”, the hometown has not only influenced the language and style of living but rather it largely defines who I am today.
The city is neither too small nor too large thus making travelling a bliss.Though Nagpur is not one of the glorified metro cities of the nation, it is en route towards becoming a smart city and the ongoing metro project depicts the extent of transition the city is experiencing.
Located at the heart of the country, the city displays a vivid blend of varied cultures and languages, which is something I really love. All festivals in the city are celebrated with equal fervor.We Nagpurians have a novel way of bidding away all troubles, i.e the Marbat procession. Unique to Nagpur, large dolls of two female figures (the black and yellow marbat) and a male figure ( Badgya) are rallied around the city and then burnt, believing to have taken all evil of the society with them.(well, not all but a little definitely? )
When it comes to food, the city has something to offer to every taste bud. The choupatti of Futala, the 3am ‘tarri poha’ of Shankar Nagar and the eat street of Traffic Park are a few things which every Nagpurian cherishes! The craziness of people for shopping is also very evident on weekends, especially in the areas of Sitabuldi and Dharampeth where each shop and every lane is buzzing with life. Seeing this can make the most unenthusiastic shopper (like me XD) also get pumped up with energy!
However what I feel sets Nagpur apart from others is its lush green environment and the soulful peaceful nights. Places like Walkers street and Van Udhyan is all that a person needs to begin his day with a good morning walk amidst the tall trees, chirping birds and the cool breeze blowing past them. Encompassing the city are the vast forest expanses of Pench, Karmazari, Tadoba and much more which heartily welcome you to nature’s abode. Nights in Nagpur are generally quiet- void of the hustle and bustle of the day and loud honking horns. Want to get away from everything and experience some peace? It’s the best time to grab your vehicle and just drive away without anywhere specific to reach to. Believe me, you’ll have a whole new perception of this city after this!
We sometimes encounter certain point blanks in our life where we are forced to think of absurd possibilities and unanswered questions. Standing along the halcyon lake gazing at the sunset, I thought in this infinitely expanding universe all we are and all we live in is a little morsel. All that we can love is very shrivelled and sometimes I feel proud because this city holds a major portion of love which I have imparted in my life.It may not be the most perfect or smartest city but whatever it is, its mine!
1st Year, EEE