13 August 2009

Location, Comfort zone and Culture..

Yes. The heading does contain 3 distinct words but very closely related ones. Everyone has his or her own comfort zone and most likely than not the comfort zone is limited to a couple of cities, at the most. Some cities make you feel awkward and some people feel awkward in every other city. Why so? Is it because one does not have the same social circle in every place? Or is is because one does not know where to find what in a new place?

I have been thinking about those questions for the last couple of days now and I think I know the answers. It is the culture and only the culture which makes one feel awkward in a new place. Having lived in several cities so far, each insanely different from the other, I think I know why some places still make me frown. And why I am longing to go to some places even though its crowded and the the weather sucks. And why natural characteristics of a place have very little to do with one liking the place.

The activities, hobbies, interests and passions of people from different regions vastly differ because of natural conditions. And because people have different hobbies and passions, they behave differently in different situations. Which makes them different people with very different outlooks in life. And this is where culture starts. And this is why one probably does not fit into another culture so easily, because his vision, his outlook is different from the others.

Every time I travel to 2 of my favourite cities, I realise why they are my favourite cities. It is because I get to do what I want in those cities more often than what I don't want. If you love what you do more than what you don't, I guess your life is pretty much successful.

Well, this post was to inspire myself to move to one of those cities I love. And hopefully, if things go well, I'll see myself somewhere there in the next 2-3 months. Fingers crossed.

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Blogger Jennifer said...

This is an interesting post. Thanks for sharing. What cities did you like, and which ones were hard to handle?

I am in America. I was raised in US and lived in India too a few years. For instance in US, I prefer medium sized cities. I have visited New York City, I wouldn't want to live there. It's not my cup of tea. In India I lived in Chennai. I got used to it. Now I visit cities in Kerala because my husband is from Kerala. Even between Kochi and Trivandrum there is so much personality difference. I have got to like these cities but still have an affinity to Chennai- my friends and the food... sorry Tamil veggie food wins out! :)

Fri Aug 14, 10:00:00 pm 2009  
Blogger Akshay Sasikumar said...

Hey, thanks so much for your comment. My 2 fav cities are Mumbai and Bangalore. And like I said, its not about the population or the size. Its the culture of these places which fascinate me and which I can associate with.

I am from Kerala too. Lived in both Tvm and Kochi. Yes, vastly different. But not as different as probably Delhi and Mumbai.

Mon Aug 17, 02:41:00 am 2009  
Blogger Harsh said...

Bangalore baby! :)

Although, I really do want to try out a few cities..


Mon Aug 17, 10:31:00 pm 2009  
Blogger Surya said...

I agree with you culture defines a city. But just as a point of discussion as more and more cities adopt a cosmopolitan character would they be more similar to each other?

Sat Aug 22, 12:00:00 pm 2009  

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