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It gives you opportunities

education Updated: May 27, 2011 12:16 IST
Rahat Bano

Ratnpriya Miranda House

I did my entire schooling in Bokaro. Over there, people rush for admission to Delhi University. When I was in school, our seniors would visit us and talk about the opportunities available outside our town, in a city like Delhi.

Miranda House is a good college. Studying in a good college matters a lot. I applied to all North Campus colleges. However, my father wanted me to get into Miranda because of the great reputation it enjoys.

The first few days at the hostel? I felt really homesick. There were many people from my state. Everybody was in the same situation. But after a month, it was okay

Getting to know the city: We had relatives living in Delhi and I had been here many years before. The culture here is very open. Back home, we have to be conservative, we can’t wear short dresses.

Getting comfortable in college: It was pretty good. In my class, most of the students were from outside Delhi. I got to know new people. And the teachers paid attention to students.

People of the city: There’s something irritating as well as likeable about the local people. In our home town, people care about each other. Neighbours would just come and ask, “Aapka bachcha kya kar raha hai?” (what is your child doing?) They would want to know what my mom had cooked. Here they hardly know you.

People barely have time. On holidays, they have time to visit malls and restaurants but not their relatives. One thing I don’t like about Delhi is that it’s very easy to get swayed by Dilli ki hawa. Also, once, I saw a man molesting a girl on the Metro train and no one said anything to him. Back home, he would have been beaten up. However, I like the freedom in Delhi. The city also gives you a lot of opportunities and platforms.

Doing fun things: We go to Kamla Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Janpath, Pahar Ganj, Lajpat Nagar. India Gate is an all-time favourite for night-outs. I go to Rajouri Garden to shop and eat out with my friends from South Campus.

Top hangouts recommended: Kamla Nagar, Connaught Place, Rajouri Garden, Select Citywalk in Saket, India Gate and Purana Qila.

On learning more about the city/ about the country/ to gain more knowledge: I have seen the monuments.

How difficult is it for an outsider to settle here? It’s not difficult at all. Delhi is welcoming. I’ve never felt like an outsider here.

I did my schooling in Bokaro. Over there, people rush for admission to Delhi University. When I was in school, our seniors would visit us and talk about the opportunities available outside our town, in a city like Delhi...
Ratnpriya, history student, Miranda House