Ishita’s Mumbai Stories
1. Is this the first time you are staying away from home?
2. When was the first time you had stayed away from home?
During my post graduation in MBA.
3. How is the experience staying away (scary/exciting)?
It was exciting. The feeling of being independent is the best feeling ever.
4. What are the challenges you have faced while moving in to a new place?
No challenges as such, just missing home food sometimes. Rest everything was an amazing experience.
5. What are things that have excited you?
Both…New place, unknown city, new people, making new friends, miles away from home being independent in true sense. It was a life time experience with lots of learning… which eventually helped me when I started working in a different city.
6. what do you miss about home the most which you would love to have where you are staying now?
7. Has language been an issue for you?
Not really, there is always a way out. For example, in my current location maids, auto drivers etc. don’t speak Hindi or English and I don’t know the native language so initially it seemed like a problem but then you find your way out. You do find few such people who at least understand Hindi/ English if not speak.
8. Could you share few experiences you had while moving in/after moving in, which you would never forget?
The first time I stayed out was in a residential college and the facilities were extremely good. I have changed 4 cities in last four years so have quite an experience of shifting. The experience which I will not forget is coming to the southern part of the country for the first time and negotiating with the brokers and owners for the rent / deposit etc. unlike other cities here deposit is quite high 10 months’ rent. Another experience which I faced when I moved to Mumbai after here was finding good roommates. As Mumbai is quite expensive, one can’t afford to stay alone in a house even a 1 BHK sharing becomes necessity. My first room-mates in Mumbai were culturally very different than me, cleanliness, maintain proper hygiene were main issues. Also getting your one’s name on the lease agreement was impossible which of course later I found out they were subletting the house. There is another common problem which is observed across the country, getting PAN card details of your landlord/landlady to claim HRA from the company is next to impossible.
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