The City I love
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As I sit here by the sea side at Nice, France and give a thought to which city do I love (the most), my mind is on a thought trail.
At this moment, perhaps it’s Nice for its deep blue pebbled filled beaches, for its mildly cold weather as summer is just beginning to set in and for the relaxed mood that all of us are in as we spend the last leg of our vacation here. When we travelled to the USA a few years ago, Manhattan had struck me as a city like no other. From all the hustle bustle to the organized chaos, the ever awake Times Square and Ground Zero at the WTC, it amazed me for reasons more than one.
As we take the flight back home to India, I think about all its cities that I have visited. Gurgaon, Mumbai, New Delhi, Junagadh, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Bangalore, Baroda, Chennai and of course Ahmedabad. While not all of them strike me as different, I have vivid memories from each while some are crystal clear even after years. Gurgaon for the metro feel it gives, the tall buildings, HQs of some of the MNCs I aspire to work for and the memories I carry of days spent there as a nuclear family. Mumbai for the childhood reminiscences I have of flying to India and the window from where I would look out at the streets of Andheri East. New Delhi, for Green Park and the young carefree walks at the Green Park market with my best friend. Chennai for the wonderful family time we had and having taken a tour of the south of India from thereon. Junagadh for the Girnar temple, Bangalore for the sarees , Hydrabad for its Biryani and Ahmedabad for the professional and social connect we share.
Yet, the one city forever close to my heart is the City of Angels from the Land of Smiles a place that is a wonderful and incomparable combination of the contemporary and the conventional, the classic and the modern. Bangkok city from Thailand has almost everything that one needs for a happy and comfortable life. With friendly people, well planned infrastructure, good weather and great stuff to eat, the land of sun sand and sea is the perfect place to be. While the world may know this city for its temples & shopping during the day and club hopping during the nights, the city has an aura of its own that one can feel and internalize by being there more than just once. It is and will always remain the city I love for it is there that I have memories of my growing years arched all over filled with fun, friends and family.
As rightfully said by someone “If you could go somewhere right now, would it be to some place or to someone?” Bangkok city has a unique persona to itself that I could return to again and again.
(c) Bijal Mehta