Content with the opportunities

Melting pot

Content with the opportunities

Bengaluru and its people have been popular among many due to the city’s quality of embracing all who come here. A large number of people are seen choosing the city over others when it comes to their career or educational opportunities. The tale of this couple is similar, as they landed here 6 years ago with a lot of dreams to be fulfilled. Sabyasachi Pattanayak and Tapaswini Das, from Balasore and Bhubaneswar in Orissa respectively, live here with their 3-year-old baby girl Siyona.

Better career opportunities available in the city made them shift here, before which Sabyasachi used to work in Delhi and Tapaswini in Hyderabad. “My husband works with Wipro and I currently work with Tata Elxsi. I love my stay here. People here are helpful and personally, I have never faced any problem with them.

Though there are people who don’t know Hindi, they make sure that they at least try to communicate with outsiders, even in broken Hindi, to help them. This shows how well they can adapt to people of any culture and region. Though I have been here for long, I still miss my family back home,” says Tapaswini. 

The couple agrees that people in the city have a calm and accepting attitude. “Bengalureans are welcoming and we have not faced any problems with them till now. They don’t create trouble for outsiders; rather, they give us more opportunities to
explore,” adds Sabyasachi.

They love travelling and their weekends are usually spent in malls, play areas where their daughter can play and have a good time or at the movies. And if it is a long weekend, they usually go for long drives to places like Gokarna, Kanyakumari, Mangaluru or Puducherry. “I love driving and usually take my family for long drives over the weekends. I am also a foodie and love trying out different cuisines. Weekends are therefore the days to go around and explore different restaurants in the city — be it Goan, Continental or Chinese,” says Sabyasachi. 

According to him, the food here is drastically different as compared to Orissa — right from the spices they use to the entire cooking process. He highlights that back home, people are mainly non-vegetarians and relish spicy food, while people here enjoy more of vegetarian food, that’s less spicy.

Speaking about celebrating festivals, he details that there is a grander way of celebrating festivals like Durga Puja there, decorations for which are extended to the roadside with ‘pandals’ and lighting.

Adding to that, Tapaswini says, “My husband is a meat lover and he cannot do without non-vegetarian food. Also, since he is fond of Bengali cuisine, I mostly cook at home and managing the food is not an issue. But during the weekends, we visit our favourite restaurant, La Casa. We love the food there.” 

Apart from their family and friends, the couple misses the authentic Oriya food. “Since Orissa is a smaller place, people tend to be more connected there. However, Bengaluru is a great city and the culture here has its own beauty. People here are helpful and receiveing; one need not worry even if they are roaming alone late at night. We feel safe here,” says Sabyasachi.

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