After living in Coimbatore for six years, I craved for a change of place. I scouted for a new job in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Chennai, before choosing Kochi, a major port city on the South-West coast of India by the Arabian Sea.
Also described as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’, the place has a metropolitan population that is very diverse and refreshing. Kochi’s well-regarded transportation system, convenient location to other major cities, and plenty of places to visit were a draw for me. The city is expensive and I opted for a luxury hostel with bath-attached single room housing for the stay.
Housing styles in Kochi include a mix of modest houses, bungalows, villas, and apartments. Among them, the major ones are the apartments, which are skyscrapers. For a single resident, there are plenty of hostels and studio apartments.
Kochi isn’t a new place for me. I had visited the place in the past for several reasons. One prime reason was Kochi-Muziris Biennale, an international exhibition of contemporary art held in Kochi. Besides the works from the Indian art community, Biennale gives an exposure to the international artworks and artists. For me, it gives a reconsideration of the contemporary art and inspires to think different. During the visits, I also enjoyed the restaurants and cafes in Kochi, especially the fish meal hotel Shappu Curry near Maharaja’s college; dosa house Pai Dosa that serves more than 150 varieties of dosas; and the vegetarian outlet Brindavan in Palarivottom; among other places.
Once I started residing in Kochi, it felt like the suburban, where I can walk to most of the places to fulfill my needs. I soon realized that the people are not so friendly in Kochi, primarily because they are in the constant struggle to reach the destinations through the traffic on the roads. The commute in any form is difficult in Kochi. Not to mention, I had to be a Yoda to fearlessly walk among the honking vehicles on the road and be patient to cross the road. I learned not to scream when I see a truck coming straight to me. The drivers show a magical capacity to stop right near to the feet even if we do not move. Recently, the Government has launched Metro service to make the traffic bearable. I am yet to try the metro train, but it is on the top of my bucket list for the weekend visit.
For weekends, Kochi has lots in store to surprise me. For a tinge of history, there are museums to architectural buildings. For explorers, there are waterways and parks. Added to them are the shops, eateries, cafes, shopping malls, and night life. Even the streets in Kochi are appealing. Why would I ever want to be anywhere else?