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Thursday, September 04, 2008

City 3-tier

After two and a half months at SP, it seems I have slowly started realising the fact that most my bakbak, most of my stupid and sometimes interesting jokes (although I try to relate them with loads of real life examples), most of ideas relate to 3-tier cities. Thanks to one of my friends here who made me realise the importance of Small City Dreams again.

You talk of a Loreal and I move to Chik Shampoos, talk of Britannia and I talk about the reach of Parle-G, someone mentions a detergent and there I start with Karsanbhai and Nirma. It seems brans with huge mass appeal and great reach attarct me more than glossy and high end brands. Nothing against any of them, just that I somehow realte easily to the mass-brands.

It comes from my upbringing at Korba, that small town which nobody has heard of (people find it difficult even to locate Chattisgarh at times) and the diversity I witnessed there. Just came back from 1st Ganapati visarjan here at Versova Beach which reminded me of my days there, still crave for the Ganesh Chaturthi get-togethers and the Durga Pooja Pendal excitement.

In between loads of padhai-likhai for which I have been completely uninterested for the past few days, I think this is something which will keep me a bit motivated for 2 years.

All that old song singing, recalling DD serials during free time, talking about politics (which many consider small-townish), talking about regular dal-aata issues rather than using MacroEconomics to dissect issues and complicate them, or even hating to pay so much for movies it comes naturally to me.

Lets take the Tata Nano issue for instance, everyone ta my college (that issue super hot, in classes, outside it too) have been cribbing about Tata not being able to succed and W.Bengal not taking advantage of a great oppurtunity. Having had the oppurtunity to live in Bengal for few days I have a slight idea what people there think, how people there work and I can judge the situation with some better clarity. I won't put my judgement here though, thats another issue.

Whatever it is, slowly its getting difficult to assimilate so much happening in class, I think its better I slowly start building upon my interests and giving it some direction.

Destination 3-Tier surely looks promising again.

6 comments:

Anirudh Singh said...

Totally get you bro. Though I've lived in a metro for a large part of my life, the metro shebang sometimes gets on my nerves too and I do crave for a smaller city and the culture it brings.

Having said that, I certainly wouldn't like to exchange the positives I've gained from being in Delhi with a smaller city. It's a mixture of pros and cons I guess.

At the root of it, I guess the city you belong to and the culture it represents, become a part of you; small or big doesn't have much to do with it. Which is why I guess, Delhiites would prefer living in another metro while a person from a tier-3 city as you say, would like to live in a similar city.

Cuckoo said...

I was born & brought up in Delhi and now Mumbai is my city (it's another thing that I am still struggling to adjust here).

But have visited many small towns during summer vacations to my grandparents' places., wouldn't mind shifting to a smaller place later in life. But both have plus & minus pts. It's ultimately a personal choice.

Prasanth Sri Kara said...

Interesting thoughts desi...Now go and get your destination ;)
I am still figuring out whats the destination for me....so lets see
- Prasanth Sri Kara.

D.S. said...

i dont want to comment anything on "desi"...i know he is a star who is here to stay...when u come up from those small cities, its then u realise the true value of everything...moreover i find him as creative as anyone else in the class...in fact one of the most creative ones...by the way this is his classmate at SP...debojit

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Mona said...

Hi Dear,
Hmm, I heard of Kobra and visited there too as one of my fren's father is working in one the company there.

And talking about Nano..well now its settle in Gujrat..

Take care
Mona