Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

Melting pot

Home is where the heart is

Shruti Kiran and Amit Kumar Singh have unanimous opinions regarding most things, including what they miss about their hometown and what they love about this city that has been their home for quite some time now. Brought up in Ranchi and having moved to Mumbai after marriage, they came to Bengaluru when Amit changed companies.

Talking about the challenges they initially faced, Amit promptly says “Communication and commute,” while Shruti laughs. “Language was a big constraint. And so was the travel part between my office and home,” says Amit. “Travelling in Mumbai was a dream because of the local trains. We could go wherever we wanted, whenever we liked,” Shruti says.

But the couple is equally vocal about the things they like in ‘Namma Bengaluru’.
 “The weather is one of the biggest plus points of this place. In fact, it is a lot similar to what we experienced in Ranchi,” says Shruti.

Amit adds, “The job opportunities here are unbelievable and this has helped a lot by the startup culture flourishing here. So many things keep happening here all the time that there is always an air of vibrancy over this city.”

While admitting that it could not be compared to Mumbai, which has earned the sobriquet of the ‘’city that never sleeps’ because of its happening night life, the duo express their appreciation for a certain liveliness seen here.  Says Amit, “This may be due to the many hobby clubs that can be seen all over the metropolis. For activities ranging from jogging, cycling, trekking to even arts and crafts, there is something for everyone. And these fora help people from various cultures connect with each other.”

It is a fondness for the outdoors and a liking for adventure that has caused them to notice all these activity groups. “Even in Ranchi, when we were not married, we loved travelling and exploring places with our friends. There were many waterfalls and other such picturesque places in that small town. If you travelled for around 40 kilometres, you would be out of the city and in the lap of nature,” she reminisces. “Even while here, whenever we get a long weekend off, we generally go on trips with family or friends,” says Amit. “We have been to places like Nandi Hills, Munnar, Kochi, Mysuru, Alleppey, Chennai, Ooty, Tirupati...” he rattles off a long list while Shruti smiles.

When not travelling, what do they do? “I am a painter so I look for places where I can exhibit my works and arrange small shows,” says Shruti while Amit says he prefers to rest; a comment which gains a “Yes, you do” from Shruti.

“I get tired from all the travel. And we also play a game or two of badminton sometimes,” says Amit with a laugh. But the couple has still managed to explore quite a few of the food joints in town and have fixed favourites too.

 “I love ‘Fenny’s Lounge and Kitchen’ in Koramangala,” says Shruti. “I also like spending time at ‘Dyu Art Cafe’ to catch up on my reading or just relax a bit.”

When asked about his favourite food joint, Amit quips, “Home. I love Shruti’s cooking. She is an expert in North Indian dishes and she can also make delicious ‘rava dosa’ and ‘idlis’.” Both of them have no plans of moving out of this city at least for the next 8-10 years. As the light banter and teasing laughter continues, one is struck by the truth of the saying ‘home is where the heart is’.

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