'The city has helped us grow'

'The city has helped us grow'

'The city has helped us grow'

Saurav Roy, who hails from Silchar, Assam came to Bengaluru for an interview and was floored by the ethos of the city.

Though he  didn't clear the interview, he was drawn to the city's charm, so much so that he quit his job in Coimbatore and  relocated here. Luckily for him, he was able to find a job soon. Thus started his journey with  'namma Bengaluru'.    

He works as a zonal head with  Lupin Limited and lives here with wife Tanuja, who works as a travel consultant with Spaceline World Travel. They have a six-year-old son Shomudro.

The family loves their stay here for multiple reasons -- be it the  people or the opportunities that one can easily find here.

"When I initially came to Bengaluru, I thought it was like Europe in India. This is a great place for marketing professionals," he says.  

The first time he heard of the city was when his sister had come here for an excursion. "The city was on my must-visit places since then. Many of my school friends are here," he says.

Popularly known as the 'Pensioner's Paradise', Saurav also feels that Bengaluru is where he wishes to settle down.

"From the people to the food, everything is phenomenal here," pitches in Tanuja. Some of her favourite healthy items include 'idli' and 'dosa'.

She adds that her son gets upset when she doesn't prepare a South Indian breakfast.

The elaborate spread at weddings are Saurav's favourite. He says, "Back home, we always have desserts at the end of the meal. But here you often have the  sweet in the beginning. My Kannadiga friends told me that the idea behind this is to start the meal with sweet thoughts."

From  his bachelor days to travelling as a couple to visiting places as a family, Saurav has explored a lot in and around the city.

"Whenever our relatives visit us, we take them to Lalbagh, Cubbon Park and Vidhana Soudha. If we have some more time, then to Mysuru. Apart from this, we love visiting places like  Talakadu, Horsley Hills, Big Banyan Tree, Yercaud,  Hogenakkal Falls and Wayanad. Nandi Hills is a frequently  visited spot," he details.

Apart from visiting malls during the weekends, the family likes  trying out different cuisines.
"The best part is the variety here," he says. The family loves dining at 'Bhojohori Manna',  'MTR' and 'Chulha Chauki da Dhaba' and when the couple want to  shake a leg, they head to 'Brewsky'.  

The people of this city have made their stay a memorable one, says Saurav.

He recollects, "Once, I was headed home and forgot my tablet in an autorickshaw. It was almost 15 minutes later that I realised this. I went to the spot where the autorickshaw driver had dropped me and imagine my surprise  when he was standing there clueless about who to give the tablet to. There have been many such endearing incidents. We've met the best people here."

Tanuja adds that while travelling, Bengalureans have always extended a helping hand whenever required.

Saurav sums up, "The city has helped us grow as individuals.  We can't imagine ourselves living anywhere else."

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