It was 5 years ago when I came to Jaipur and it never fascinated me. Sometimes I found it boring, sometimes over populated and sometimes I complained about the people directly. My hatred towards this land which signifies the complete history of a perfect Rajasthani culture was firm, may be because I was away from my hometown or because I was too early to judge but I had never thought to return.
After my college ended I was excited to bid that final goodbye to the ethnic streets of the great pink city and never thought of coming back. As they say the thing you never want to do the most, comes to you in one or the other form, and I was back here right after six months!!!
How things change, you never know. Time has them and you accept it anyway! So, I was here again due to my job. Gradually the hidden threads opened and I came to know about numerous happening places, incidents and interesting stories this place holds somewhere deep inside.
Well, I am here with this short rhyme about how I feel about Jaipur and how this place became from a reason to go away to a reason to stay.
Behind those magnificent doors with locks
Hides the city of forts and rocks.
A perfect mix of new and old
This place carries many stories untold
Men stand high with rolling mustaches
Women covered up in lehengas with patches.
Aroma of spices lingers in the lanes
Once you visit you will come back again
During day streets are playground for cars
At night they shine under the twinkling stars
City has the talent to serve the guests
Its moving, but it gives time to rest
From little huts to sprawling palaces
Jaipur, no wonder has many parts and phases
Sakrant and Diwali are famous here
With sky full of lanterns and hearts full of prayers.
Being ethnic is this city’s passion
Strangers are also treated with love and compassion
Yes, I know it has some attitude in the air
With beautiful night to gaze and stare
From sour to sweet everything is a specialty
Not one, not two, you will know the meaning of variety
Before, I felt like a nomad here
But soon it introduced me everywhere
This has become a reason to live, a place to roam
I too invite my people here and say “Welcome home”
With thousands of dreams and heart full of hopes
I’ve accepted Jaipur as my safe abode.