When I was making a Facebook account recently, it asked me what my Hometown was. I thought about it for a while, but didn’t have an answer. Looks like I have had such a nomadic life, I don’t have a Hometown.
Here’s a list:
|1985-1985||Bhubaneshwar, Odisha||<1 year|
|1985-1985||Kolkata, West Bengal||<1 year|
|1986-1989||Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh||~3 years|
|1989-1990||Dhani, Madhya Pradesh||~1 year|
|1990-1990||Dewas, Madhya Pradesh||<1 year|
|1990-1994||Indore, Madhya Pradesh||~4 years|
|1994-1997||New Delhi, Delhi||~3 years|
|1997-1998||Durgapur, West Bengal||~1 year|
|1998-2002||Panchkula, Haryana||~4 years|
|2002-2007||Nagpur, Maharashtra||~5 years|
|2007-2008||Kolkata, West Bengal||~1 year|
|2008-2021||Gurgaon, Haryana||~13 years|
This list just covers the cities I have lived in. Even within these cities, I have sometimes lived in up to 3 different places. What is my Hometown, then?
Bhubaneshwar, because I was born there, but lived only a few months?
Kolkata, because that’s where my parents are from, but lived only a year?
Gurgaon, where I lived the longest and have my own place but don’t ever plan to return to?
Thankfully, I am off Facebook, so don’t have to answer this question anymore.
3 thoughts on “What is my Hometown?”
I have thought about this a lot of times too. Esp. so when people down south ask where I am from as part of a general conversation. I end up saying different things depending on who the other person is/where he is from/his understanding of general Indian geography/culture etc. I’ve narrowed down my answers to Noida/Delhi/Lucknow/UP now. My list, although not as expansive and perhaps more evenly distributed, goes like this -> Aligarh, UP (84, born, never went back) – Khopoli, MH (84-91) – Khatima, UK (91-96) – Lucknow, UP (96-02) – Nagpur, MH (02-06) – Noida, UP/NCR (06-10) – Hyderabad, AP/TS (10-12) – Bangalore, KA (12-till date). I have a home here now and my kid is probably going to call herself a certified Bangalorean growing up, although she too, like me, was born in a place a paternal grandparents resided at that time. Thankfully, she gets to visit her birth city once in a while. I don’t remember/know anything about Aligarh except the pig faced tempos.
Ha ha you also stayed at Khopoli? My parents also did but I was in college then. Unfortunately I am still nomadic although most probably I would settle in Bengaluru eventually, too.