'There's no place like the City'

'There's no place like the City'

Pankaj Chhabra, who hails from Sikar, Rajasthan, came to the City more than a decade back to help his brother with his business. But soon, he realised that he wanted to stay on. Currently a partner with Sudha Sai Granite and SS Granite, Pankaj says that he cannot imagine living anywhere else. He is happily settled here with wife Sharmila and two daughters.

“I completed my post graduation from my hometown and when I came here, I realised that life was different in the City. I love Bengaluru, and can vouch for the fact that there is no other place like Bengaluru in the country. It has such wonderful people. I have never felt like an outsider here,” narrates Pankaj. He adds that whenever he and the family are out of the City, they realise how much they miss it. “We realise how considerate and caring the people of the City are. Bengaluru is just perfect in all ways and no other place can be compared to it.”

Though he misses his friends and people from back home, he says that nothing can come close to the life that Bengaluru has given him. “The people are the best part about the City. They are very professional and stick to the deadline. And most of the people who work here are not money-minded. They work hard to earn their living and focus on spending ample time with their family,” says Pankaj. He also feels that the people here are modern and open-minded.

Sharmila, who is from Dimapur, Nagaland, adds, “The people are very cooperative here. They don’t think twice before extending their hand to help. The best part about Bengaluru is that it is a very calm City with pleasant people,” she says. She says that Bengaluru is one of the best places to live in. “People have utmost respect for women here, which makes the City a great place to stay in,” she adds.

Sharmila, who has lived in Nagaland and Rajasthan, says that things are different here. “Rajasthan is very hot. The culture of the place is very vibrant and they celebrate all the festivals there. I miss celebrating festivals in Bengaluru. Most of the time, people don’t know if there is anything happening,” she says. Muskan, the couple’s elder daughter, says that she loves Bengaluru for many reasons. “The weather is extreme in most places.

It’s very pleasant here,” she says. She adds that it is nice to see “people speaking different languages are settled here, including foreigners”. “There are so many people from across the globe settled here, which makes it a great microcosm in itself,” she says.

Muskan points out that the City has a number of green spaces but is now more known as the “concrete and garbage city”. “With many public initiatives creating an awareness about the importance of a green City, people are looking at turning their City back into the ‘Garden City’,” she says. Of the many places that the family likes to hang out at, Wonderla and Lalbagh are their younger daughter Kashish’s favourite places. “Usually, when we have time to spare, we indulge in the different cuisines available here. The restaurants are a hotspot for us,” says Pankaj, to which Sharmila adds, “we also like MG Road, Brigade Road and other such places.” The family joins in to say that they are true Bengalureans. “We love the food and everything here. There is just no place like the City, elsewhere. This is home for us,” says Pankaj with a smile.

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