Embracing a new life

Embracing a new life

Embracing a new life

Many move away from their comfort zone and settle down in a new place, in order to seek better educational and career opportunities, slowly adapting to the new culture and surroundings. It was the same for Anindita and Abhijit Dutta who hail from Darjeeling and Shillong respectively.

They tied the knot in 2010 and are settled in the city ever since. The couple are parents to 11-month-old Aishani. A lawyer by profession, Anindita presently works with Myntra as a senior quality auditor while Abhijit works with Ericsson as a sales leader.

Coming from places with similar climatic conditions, the duo says that they miss the weather back home the most. “The environment there is pollution-free and the surroundings are clean. I miss the traditional Bengali cuisine here and whenever we get time, we head out to restaurants that serve Bengali food or sometimes even try to whip up dishes in our kitchen,” says Anindita.

Bengaluru, she says, is very different from Darjeeling. While the former is a huge city and the life here is fast, the latter is a small town and people there are more relaxed and easygoing. “Back home, people go to work at 10 am and return by 5.30 pm since it’s always cold. Places shut down by 7 pm there whereas life starts after 7 pm here,” says Anindita with a laugh.   

The reason she decided to settle here was the weather. Coming from a cooler destination, she was looking for a place where the weather would suit her. However, she feels sad that there is a drastic change in the climate now and it’s nothing like it used to be about 10 years back.

“However, the people of Bengaluru are nice and friendly. And the best part here is that one can be sure of getting a job as per their qualifications and other requirements,” says Anindita.

Engaged in different professions, she says that sometimes it becomes very difficult for both of them to get leave together. However, whenever they get a day or two off, the couple makes sure to explore different restaurants and hangouts around the city.

‘Magnolia’, ‘Tru­ffles’, ‘Esplanade’ and ‘Shiro’ are some of their much visited restaurants.
“Both of us have tried different kinds of cuisines. We are big foodies and that’s the reason we never had any difficulties in adjusting to the food down South. However, I miss some dishes made by my mother. Though the cuisines of the three places are different, we love the food here as much as we love our own cuisines,” says Abhijit. The couple also enjoys travelling and are always on the lookout for a new place to spend a long weekend or a holiday.

They like to be home on Sundays and do some cooking together, while on Fridays and Saturdays, they like spending time outside.  

 “We have travelled the entire South India, more or less. Whenever it is a longer holiday, we travel to places in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Bandipur or Coorg. Our stay in Bengaluru so far has been peaceful and people here are very warm and accepting. That is why we like to call it our second home,” says Abhijit.

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