How long have you been in Delhi?
One year and seven months. My hometown is Bhagalpur, Bihar.
What brought you here?
I recently got transferred from Rourkela to Varanasi (when I was with my previous employees), and my sister was working in Delhi. I had come to meet her and at the time, there appeared an opportunity to interview for a post in Hilti, a Gurgaon-based company that supplies construction equipment. So here I am.
What was the first thing you did when you came to Delhi?
I got down from the train and straight away went to see India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan. It was early morning and everything was so beautiful.
What does your hometown have that Delhi lacks?
This city doesn’t have open spaces. Bhagalpur still has a lot of open spaces and large fields. Delhi is a concrete jungle and it is too congested; particularly, south Delhi where I stay.
How do you relax after a long day at work?
I love to go on long drives. I love driving around in Delhi especially at night. There is no traffic and the city looks amazing. Sometimes, I go to Murthal for a cup of tea. The drive is amazing.
What do you dislike about living in Delhi?
Sometimes, when I interact with people here, I find them very loud and hollow. They lack the ability to be empathetic. When I was studying at the MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, in Bangalore, I really appreciated the sophistication and sensibility of the people there. Even in Bhagalpur, people are way more understanding and not at all loud. I feel that people here are more interested in showing off.
When you leave this city what will you take back with you?
This city introduced me to the fast life and taught me to face challenges. I have had amazing moments with my friends here. Also, I met my fiancee in Delhi, so this place will always be special to me.
City Seekers: A series on migrants in urban India.