Mingling of separate cultures is one effect of the flourishing number of PG accommodations in the tricity and helps people learn to be accommodating of each culture’s idiosyncrasies and uniqueness. This is a positive that eludes quantification.
Another consequence or a result of the PG culture is that the inhabitants have no choice but to grow up and take responsibility for keeping their rooms spic and span and the tricity’s paying guests seem adept at it.
Monika Wangkheimayum (23), a student of Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA), who hails from Manipur, has made Chandigarh her second home for the past six years. “I have stayed in different PGs, every few months the girls come and go, giving me a chance to meet new people. A big advantage of staying in a PG is that in case you change a job or start studying in a different educational institute, you can change your accommodation,” she says.
Monika’s roommate, Navpreet Kaur Virdi (23), a web developer, hails from Pathankot and the two are pretty thankful to their PG for giving them a chance to be good friends. Monika says that whenever she goes to her hometown, she brings back little gifts for her PG friends. Celebrating festivals is also common. PG inmates claim that they often cook food from their part of the country for roommates.
A trend is that girls are good at decking up their PG rooms and work hard to make them beautiful. Priyanka Chadha (24), who works in the HR department of a Chandigarh-based company, has been staying in the city as a PG for three years and claims that whenever she takes up a new PG accommodation, she decorates it well. Her host, Meenu Gulati, (who runs PG services), says: “We have beautifully done rooms and it feels good when someone maintains them and keeps them clean and decorated.”