In the hostel, I was called Chinki: Porisma Pompi Gogoi

In the hostel, I was called Chinki: Porisma Pompi Gogoi

Porisma Pompi Gogoi, 24, student, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan on moving from Assam to Delhi.

City seeker: Porisma Pompi Gogoi.
City seeker: Porisma Pompi Gogoi.

How long have you been in Delhi? Why did you come here?
I’m from Dibrugarh, Assam. I came to Delhi in 2009 and studied economics at Miranda House, DU. Afterwards, I joined the company secretary course and was preparing for competitive exams. I love to read and I find solace in writing. So, I took admission in a journalism course at Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan.

What do you miss the most about home? Do you think you have found a home in Delhi?
I miss everything about home — my family, the food, the place, the weather, the mighty Brahmaputra river. Everything. I don’t know if I can call Delhi “my home” as yet, but yes, I certainly love Delhi, too. I have as many memories here as I have of my hometown.

What were your thoughts when you moved here?
At first, I was very afraid. I felt as though I had been left all alone amongst a crowd of Hindi-speaking people. I used to feel lost in the rush of fast-moving people. The university campus, the big malls, the metro, the never-ending traffic. All these used to fascinate me. Seeing how ambitious people here are, I too tried to nurture bigger dreams and high hopes for myself.

Have you ever experienced discrimination in Delhi?
Yes, many times. In the hostel, I was called “chinki”. People made faces when they came to know that I eat pork. They laughed at my inability to communicate in proper Hindi or English.

What does your hometown have that Delhi lacks?
Delhi has its own charm, and Dibrugarh has its own. Sometimes, I do wish Delhi was greener, and had fewer problems of water and sewage etc. But I also love the fact that the city has fewer power cuts and better transportation facilities than at home.

City Seekers: A series on migrants in urban India.