In the last 3 years, I have shifted homes a couple times. Each move had its own reasons.
- In 2013, I moved to Gurgaon to save myself from arduous daily drive to and from work. I wasn’t commuting. I was traveling between two cities.
- In 2014, I moved back to be with family after my father passed away.
- In 2016, Back to Gurgaon! The daily drive to work felt like a slow suicide.
For those unfamiliar with Gurgaon, the city is home to agglomerates and startups alike. It is a good example of urban jungle colonized by employees and workers not by its people. Gurgaon can be a bit of a challenge as expressed in concerns over the city’s sustainability.
I hoped to escape some of it by choosing the shelter of a gated society.
The Gurgaon move. 2016 edition.
I had been planning my move since awhile now and had passively looked for a place before this as-well. My asks were straightforward:
I wished for no interference from the owner.
Walk to commute should be no more than 15 min. I figured it was best to cut out all the commute time.
A high-rise was ideal. Anything above 10th floor would serve as a suitable barrier from dust and road noise. Living where only an escalator can reach also meant it was easy to drown out the chatter from young goblins playing downstairs.
Locality nearest to a market was ideal.
Public transport using the Metro should be close by.
The house should be near the main road because narrating directions to the Uber drivers can be painful.
I automatically assumed my list was reasonable. What I missed was the money part. You see, with my select choices and high flying expectations, things went way over budget for me.
So when a colleague suggested I move in with them, I lapped up on the opportunity and moved within 7 days!
Preparation and Packing
On the weekend I was to move, I neatly packed my belongings into corrugated boxes still laying around from previous Amazon orders. I arranged my toiletries and essentials in one box. In two separate bags I packed my clothes followed by shoes and slippers.
After I moved, I remembered the things I had left behind. I had forgotten my towel, I needed new soap dishes. I had to buy cotton, toothpaste and mouthwash. Not only did I forget things needed in the morning, I also did not bring my favorite dinner plate and coffee mug.
My week was ruined.
I took me 2 weeks to feel at-ease with my new surroundings. Never easy I say.
Creating a new routine
Joined a gym.
Hope to achieve my #FitBody goals by the end of the year.
I am happy I made the right decision to move closer to my workplace.