Friday, April 22, 2005

A place to call home

Of the many cites, towns and even, villages I have lived in, what was the best one? What makes a place most desirable?

Is it the weather......Bangalore, Dagshai and Juneo would be tops;
or the life that a city offers in its:
restaurants.....Bangalore and Bristol;
theatre.....Bangalore and Providence;
art galleries........Providence;
libraries and book stores.......Bristol and Bangalore;
parks and green spaces.......Providence, Bristol, Dagshai and Juneo;
public transportation.......Boston, Providence and Bombay
daily conveniences and ease of traffic.......Kansas City and Chandigarh win here;
scenic beauty.......Bristol, Boston, Juneo, Providence and Dagshai;
shopping.....Bombay and the Maine shopping outlets
history.........Delhi, Providence and Bristol
quaint life........Bristol, Manhattan, KS and Juneo

Details:
Bangalore, Karnataka, India: IT city, cosmopolitan, relaxed and very welcoming.
Bombay, Maharashtra, India: So far more hype than reality.......time will tell. I think the style quotient got muddied with the name change to Mumbai.
Juneo, Himachal Pradesh, India: A village in Sirmour district where the peach growing area starts.
Dagshai, Himachal Pradesh, India: A British Cantonment in the Simla Hills of Himachal.
Chandigarh, UT, India: India's first planned city designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jenneret in the 1950's. Surprisingly, no other city has been able to replicate its success.
Delhi, India: Slowly being transformed into a great city.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA: America's gangster town turned into America's food capital by the last Mayor Buddy Cianci.
Bristol, Rhode Island, USA: America's first independence day parade took place here. The original route is maintained and promoted with a great sense of pride.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA: History everywhere you look here. A wonderful city to explore by foot.
Merriam/Kansas City, Kansas USA: Known as a City of Fountains, it is a beautiful city with a sense of joy and positiveness everywhere.
Manhattan, Kansas, USA: A university town and my first taste of American life. No matter how hard college life actually was, I will always have a soft spot for this town.

So what is the right mix of the perfect place to live in? We seem to exploring new places with great speed and regularity, so it looks like a few more place to explore before deciding.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Travelling is my passion. I have always wanted/want to see the world.. This is a dream nurtured since my early days.. but life had other plans for me.. and i am still here today. I hail from bangalore.
... and i have managed to visit... almost every known unknown place in Karnataka, kerala and Tamil Nadu. When i read this blog... it sparked this hunger in me for travelling outside this country...

ilapirata said...

Ola..

Have travelled a lot including lot many of the US towns u talked about...

But what caught my eue was the mention of dagshai...

I studied there in APS Dagshai....

And i would say it is the most serene peaceful place a kid could ever grow in...

Kudos for mentioning it...

Ankush

Shalini said...

Ankush: Yes, you're right, Dagshai is one of the most serene places to grow up in. Interestingly, I studied in your neighbouring school, Lawrence
School Sanawar. We lived in Dagshai on and off during vacations and weekend breaks from school and even though it was going from one hill to the next, there was a definate charm in Dagshai, its quaint names, old churches, graveyards, oak trees and quiet walks.

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