Its fair to say cities are like people. Or perhaps , people are like cities – but that can be another blog post altogether.
So yes , cities are like people. They have personalities , have an age and an aura about themselves. Some are indifferent to you and others overwhelm you with their warmth.
But the similarity doesn’t just end there. I have realized like many people who’ve come and gone and lingered on in some cases in my life Some cities like Jaipur or Pune have signified turning points , a transition from one phase to another .
There have been cities that have met me like strangers during stop overs from one journey to another – with a quiet pleasantness about them . Like Ahmedabad. Over 3 yrs of stay yet an indifference that’s hard to explain. And there have been those who’ve been like second home. Ironically – without you really staying in one. Home truly is where the heart is in case of Pune.
There have been the Paris and Venice of the worlds – when you stared in awe at every stone and pebble and turn and felt like you’ve lived a lifetime of dreams in few days.
And then there is Delhi. When you’ve settled down with this one person. Who needn’t be perfect – but whose real and very much there . You have good days & bad days . But you know life is beyond days . And you just belong here.
Am heading to Jaipur yet again . A city that has tempted & teased . Played mind games – given me new beginnings and left me with a heartache in past. A city whom I loved to hate and now look back & look forward to with an unexplained endearment .
My first job , an aching heartbreak, a roadtrip as a new bride and now another rendezvous as am stepping into a whole new world . I am not too sure about past lives – But Jaipur is a city that’s very much a part of me today. Like it was yesterday . Like it perhaps would always remain.
If cities were people , Jaipur would be like the first love. The one you loved deeply , and the one you lost.
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