Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Big Shift

We are starting 2010 with a house hunt. This is not even to buy, so the sleepless nights are absurd. One would think a city like this one would have a gazillion houses for rent. One would think all houses nowadays come standard with stuff you need. One would think the recession would help in getting a good deal (like my tenant sure did when we let out last year!). One would think wrong.

I am anyway paranoid about moving. Having lived in 11 cities and moving every 2 years, I imagined myself to be a seasoned mover. But all those were managed by les parents. Doing it yourself is completely different (and that's the least of things you learn to respect about those oldies, once you become a parent yourself). Apart from the physical movement, there's all the address-proof to be updated, KYCs to be re-known, phone lines to be shifted and blah blah. Then there's the making friends with new neighbours, making deals with a nice or not-so-nice new landlord and of course, praying for a quick and complete refund of the advance from the old one.

Just deciding on a house took us 3 weekends. Starting with a lovely house that had horrendous woodwork, through a small and expensive house with lovely woodwork, we almost settled on a cozy house with no woodwork till suddenly we saw a large house with passable woodwork. Being large it is not as cozy, but it's a corner flat so gets nice light and air from all sides. The colony seems to have kids and space, even though the people there seemed extra sensitive about "non-vegetarians". While we haven't hidden this fact, we hope the good Brahmins won't end up in the shower every time we say "Good morning" to them...

The clincher was that the place has a terrace all its own. That kind of put a stop to any further deliberation, despite the slightly higher tag and slightly inferior fittings. And a nice study table to boot. So I won't break my neck typing out these blogs. Or, er, even the white papers I must write for a living. And did I mention it is right at the corner of the block? :-)

The reason for the shift was simple: Cubby needed the space and security provided by an apartment complex. He also needed the friends that such places usually guarantee. Not that people living in independent houses stay friendless, but maybe this is just the Bambaiyya in me talking. Now that we have identified the right house, it is more than just Cubby. We can't help but dream of having friends over, decorating the walls with new stuff and spending time in the gardens below. Yes, we're kind of stretching the budget. Some say we might as well have paid an EMI. In the end, will it all be worth it?

The present house has been a blessing for us (our landlord claims its the Vaastu). I look at photos of the first time we moved here. The silly grins on our face. The long videos of each empty room. It was our first BIG decision after marriage. It was also the place where Cubby was born.

Will the new one be our "home" as well? I look forward to the memories that A-307 will create... Your prayers and best wishes will make that happen.

9 comments:

preetischronicle said...

Here's wishing you lovely memories and a very happy innings in this new place. loads of good luck!

DotThoughts said...

ATB for the new house! Although I can't get over the fact that you have to specify if you eat non-veg!!!!

BabaJain said...

I have wonderful memories of the first house, both with and without Abha in our life. Of course I am not sure the first place could be called a house or a flat.

The second was definitely a beautiful house which added to those wonderful memories- again with and without Kabir.

This third place has rekindle a hope that it could also leave its mark in the form of 'with and without'unnamed grand-daughter.
Thank you all three for giving me sooo much happiness. God Bless.

Mama - Mia said...

awww! this is such a beyootiful post! i am sure with three of us and people going in and outta the new place as well it will soon become home from house! :)

while its only natural to worry, i just hope excitement outweighs the worry :)

hugs!

Poppins said...

Oh best wishes for sure! And why didn't you wait for two more months - you could have moved to our place eh? We'd have been happy, Cubby would have been happy :)

MindfulMeanderer said...

a new house is really fun. :) so when r u guys inviting us over???

Vidooshak said...

On Saturday; come at 8AM sharp, that's when the packers will arrive :P

Swati said...

Wish you all the very best :)

Momo's Ma said...

touchy post and bonne chance pour the new home. sure it will be great as always. hey gemini, you sure did take long this time to move. but of cos, you made cub so that explains the delay. look forward to seeing cub and momo run around and play in the terrace.