Its been three years in Amsterdam and in these three years, I have become used to a lot many people and situations. Its the age gone by and it feels like yesterday but then I will miss a lot of Amsterdam and the people I met here and something that I won’t experience again and then I just wouldn’t want them to go
I would miss….
- The family. Definitely the family. I would miss them. For three years, they have been a part of my life. I have never been close to any of my relatives my whole life. I have learnt a lot in the family and the importance of being in a family. The biggest regret of leaving Amsterdam will be leaving the family. The last three years has been a breeze only and only because of them. I will always remember the love they gave me.
- Sheru. I never had a pet in my life. I have never taken care of any living animal all my life. I will miss Sheru. Taking him out every day, feeling his body against my legs when I worked on my laptop, his running around excitedly when I came home, he sleeping keeping one of his paws on my feet while I watched TV and a lot more things. It seems odd but then Sheru brought out the feeling of fatherhood in me.
- Vijay’s food. I could cook but never seriously. The way Vijay’s loves cooking is to see the passion in his cooking where a mundane task like cooking also looks like a work of art. It is under him that I have learnt most of my cooking and hopefully can make decent meal. While Vijay took great care in making each and every dish, Ranjana did the same so effortlessly even though she hates cooking. I will miss their cooking very much.
- Sheena‘s possessiveness. The first time she called me uncle, I tried to convince her to call me “Bhaiya” (big brother”). I was not ready to be called Uncle that time. Over the years, even though she is not related, she has become my favorite niece. The way she makes me do the things she wants, I have loved to pamper her all these years. Sometimes her possessiveness scares me but then her love is addictive and pure.
- The Amsterdam weather. Compared to the humid and hot Mumbai, Amsterdam is cold and cloudy most of the time. The clouds can be depressing sometimes but I love the cold especially the summers when its not that cold. I like wearing a jacket when its cold. I like the cold wind on my body.
- The snow. I come from Mumbai which does not even see sweaters in winter, leave alone snow. I saw my first snow in Amsterdam and I loved it. I will miss the snow covered ground and feel of snow under my feet.
- The smell of coffee beans. The first time I entered the office in Amsterdam, 3 years back, the first thing I smelt was the strong smell of coffee. Although I do not like drinking coffee, I like the smell of coffee beans. The smell make me feel warm in the cold Amsterdam weather.
- The easy life of Amsterdam. Mumbai is a running city. It hardly stops and appreciates life. Amsterdam is completely opposite. When I came here I had difficulty to adjust to he slow pace of life here. Now when I go back, it will be a challenge if I can switch back to the fast life of Mumbai effortlessly.
- Talking to that ‘someone’. Talking to that ‘someone’ (you know who you are) for the last two years were one of the most happier moments of my life before the turn of events brought an unexpected closure to the conversations. If we had more time, life would have been beautiful. I guess good things always come to an early end for me.
- Unlimited movies. I have seen so many movies in the theatres in the last one and half year compared to the total number of movies seen in my whole life. The unlimited card by Pathe group of theatres gave me many opportunities to see so many movies and appreciate them. I would miss watching movies alone in an almost empty theatres then coming home and watching movies again home.
- The tea conversations in office. Although I agree the last few months in the job here was very boring in terms of work, tea conversations with my colleague was what I looked forward to. I had always enjoyed the short tea breaks in office drinking the almost tasteless coffee. Although the conversations were quite tasty.
- Staying awake on weekends. I loved staying awake on weekend till the wee hours of the morning. That was my time when I watched movies, read and thought. It was the time which I gave to no one and enjoyed it quite alone.
- The electronic shops. Let a child loose in a toy store and watch him/her go wild. Let me loose in an electronic gadget store and watch the fun. I hate shopping but I love going to the big electronic stores in Amsterdam like the “Media Markt”, “BCC” etc. I was awed by the technology and the different gadgets in this shops.
- Blogging. I had the time here and I had almost nothing to distract me. I really went all out with my writing here. Its amazing that in three years I have touched more than 500 posts. I am too deep inside to stop blogging but Mumbai does not spare the valuable time. So the posts will be coming after a longer gap. But then you never know, Mumbai just might give me more ideas.
- Using Gmail and Yahoo. The clients network gave me access to Yahoo and Gmail. I managed to chat on emails and use Yahoo quite often. Back in India, both the sites are blocked from office which means that I can only check my mails and chat from home. I would miss being online for virtually the whole day.
- The office. I had quite an easy life compared to the work here and still I would miss the office here. Coming to office every morning and interacting with the team, leaving the office on time. I will miss everything
- Friday nights. I will miss the Friday nights and the way I always went out. I looked forward to weekends and having fun on weekends. Weekends was not boring.
- The public transport. It took me just 30-45 minutes to reach home from office. I was home so early that I had enough time to spent with the family. Mumbai still has a long way to go before good infrastructure.
- The unlimited Internet. I will miss surfing the internet and browsing through the blogs and information at high speed. I still have to experience the download speed and Internet speed in India.
In addition I will miss a lot of things in Amsterdam, some I will realize as the time pass by. Maybe it will come up just talking here.
Note: The last official post from Amsterdam