“Marriage? I would like to think about it two more years later. Because I will be financially fit to start my marriage life.” This is what my college friend’s words. In the mean time, when I had visited my native and met my school friend who was dropped out of education during school life, his words was, “Life is going smooth. She takes care of my children, family support is one more plus for me”. But both friends are in same age category. One guy afraid to take charge of family life when the another one enjoys it. The one who afraid of future earns more than the another, who don’t even have a regular income. What goes wrong between these two? Undoubtedly the place where they live. URBAN Vs VILLAGE.
From my past five years of life at Chennai, I refined what things going wrong at urban life. Whenever I visit my home town, which is a village belongs to Tirunelveli District, I could cleverly differentiate my life style from village and urban. In this article, I would like to express four ultimate factors that empty my wallet in my Chennai life. Let me go ahead!
1. Basic Needs:
Polluted air is the only thing for which I don’t pay here. During my life at home town, I have never thought about paying for water, home. But now I need to sacrifice more than 25% of my income to those basic needs. My dad used ask my mother about home needs and my mom’s request would be few vegetables and some kitchen needs. We where never need to buy rice. But here that’s what 70% of our kitchen expense. Without these expenses we can’t even sustain our life. “We should never calculate how much spend for food”, my dad used to say. So I rarely think of these expense. But the next coming will give you the shock.
2. Unavoidable hangouts:
Software Industry is what all about team work. Team work is all about mutual understanding between colleagues. Misunderstandings will always exits between two different characters. But we are not in a school or college to use alternate friend as a communication media. Every one should be a friend or at least act like a friend. The only possible way to maintain mutual understanding is hangouts. I don’t mean a week-end trip to resorts or pubs and clubs. I just try to figure out casual outings such as restaurants and films. Even though Chennai has been blessed with quality restaurants and theaters, what they charge for their quality makes us to stubborn. I used to have minimum of one restaurant visit every week. But when I’m in my native the maximum I could eat in a hotel will be Rs. 100 which what my every day budget for lunch here. lolz
3. Reachable advertisements
During my school days, I had a dream to shop at Pothys taste Arun ice cream, watch a cricket match in the stadium and enjoy every thing being advertised in the television. But I was supposed to travel a whole night to do that which was not at all practical at that time. A single new shirt during my Festival celebration and my b’day was more than enough for my dad to bring smile on my face. But now, every thing is reachable. Its all about matter of minutes and hours to own it. As a normal man, I am being convinced by the promotions and advertisements.
4. Necessity to be trendy
I can’t go to office without shoes. I can’t think of a day without perfume. I have to be smart. I have to look like a professional guy. My mobile phone should be a smart phone to check my clarify my questions on the go. I shouldn’t say, “sorry, low balance”. I can’t come to office with the same kind of dress though out the year. Otherwise I can’t sit on the chairs for which I was dreaming for 20 years. No need to tell expenses of apparels, especially branded ones now. In the above list, I don’t need to worry of any thing, if my life is at my home town.
More than these list, I face plenty of problems in my Chennai life that can’t be narrated in words. Then how do I can think of my marriage life?