Whether it be for college or a new job, there’s a big difference between visiting a new city and moving to a new city and now you know it because
1. You try to talk in the local dialect and fail miserably
And still keep trying until you have been publicly embarrassed.
2. You always get the stares for your weird accent
Which you start returning once you’ve stayed long enough.
3. The first line that you learn goes as “i don’t understand this language”
And always make faces like this when people talk to you in the native.
4. The second line is almost always the kind of words you would never speak in front of your parents… or Alok Nath
If you know what I mean.
5. You keep note of every small tapdi as a means to remember your way back home
And eventually even the tapdi waala recognizes you.
6. You know all the smaller, insignificant places that you wouldn’t know as a tourist
And probably never thought you’d have to know.
7. When you use public transport you always act like you know where you’re going
When inside you’re actually praying to every God possible that you don’t end up in the wrong place.
8. You learn the numbers of the buses you have to frequently use
And soon you’re the one people ask for directions and help.
9. Collect every menu of every small eating joint possible
Accept it. It is so much easier than cooking.
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10. You almost always get cheated on at least once
And you end up giving life lessons to other people about it for, say, a million years.
11. It’s hard to get a place on rent with landlords giving you all sorts of weird excuses
Like having extra short hair? O_o
12. And when you do find a house, you go crazy with maid hunting
Unless you’re the OCD type and have your own cleaning regimen.
13. You have flapped your hands in the air and used gestures to communicate with your maid
And shed a few tears in the process when she failed to understand you.
14. You start frequenting that one particular grocery store
And eventually (read as month end) open your own khata.
15. The food habits of the locals amaze, startle, baffle, flabbergast and astound you
And after saying no to it a million times, you get used to it.
16. Your local friends often ask you to come over for lunch. They know how lonely and homesick you feel
Muhahaha. *evil laughter* They don’t realize that’s why you befriended them.
17. And you will gladly agree as you’ve been having a tummy turmoil since the moment you set foot in the city
Yes. It’s humiliating to use a bathroom break every half an hour at work.
18. And you eventually realize how the city has grown on you
And how you will probably not leave it ever, unless you got your acceptance at Hogwarts.