Why Moving Back Home Is The Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

A few months ago, I made the best decision of my life: I bought a one way ticket to Bombay. And here's why......

A few months ago, I made the best decision of my life: I bought a one way ticket to Bombay.

Why moving back home was the best decision I ever made

I packed up my cute little house in Bangalore, packed all my shirts and shorts into two big black suitcases, donated creams and clips and other silly things we accumulate to my friends, cleared out my cluttered office desk, said goodbye to my beloved balcony, threw a massive farewell party (jello shots, oh yes!) and left.

You see, I was going back home.

I still remember the goose bumps as I peered out of my window seat and looked at my beautiful city, twinkling below. And the absolutely unreal feeling of touching down in Bombay. I’d landed in the city thousands of times below, but this was just so special.

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I’d lived away for a while – spending five years in four cities and eight houses, first as an MBA student on campus, and then as a working woman finding her way in the corporate world. Sure I loved the thrill of living away. Life was different, and I was growing and evolving every day. The little things made me the happiest – withdrawing my own money from the ATM machine, fixing up pasta for the first (and last) time, changing light bulbs in the house. I met lots of new people, traveled a whole lot (and that’s how the wanderlust bug bit!), reveled in new experiences and got to know myself a little better. I found some wonderful friends who became as close as family, and I learned to survive outside of my little South Bombay bubble.

But something was still missing.

There was a certain void that no amount of close friends, office work, aimless chilling, craft beer, intense travel, good food (and everything I loved) could fill.  I realised that for all my wanderlust, I was still happiest going back home. I craved to see the familiar faces of my favourite people – exotic locations be damned! My favourite days were the ones that ended on a flight back home, to Bombay.

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Sometimes I’d see families happily dining together in a restaurant – and I’d be consumed by a wave of homesickness. Or I’d hear that mom had the flu, and all I wanted to do was be with her. Or I’d see my fiancé just a few days in the month, and spend the rest of the time waiting to see him.

And so I decided to come back home.

I was fortunate to have an organization that completely supported me, so I could move home and still keep my job. My parents were elated and I couldn’t quite believe it myself!

Why moving back home was the best decision I ever made

The past few months in Bombay have been an absolute dream. Sure, I miss my life living away, but just nothing beats being home. And again, it is the little things that make me the happiest. Eating home cooked meals with the family on the dining table (the little brother is missed muchly). Hot tomato soup when I’m sick. Laundry that gets magically done (god bless mom!). Running into old acquaintances at the neighbourhood grocery store. Carrying a carefully packed lunch tiffin to work. And falling asleep in my own bed, to the familiar sounds from the street.

There is so much joy in being surrounded by people who love me to bits, who’ve known me all my life and then some more (instead of friends of friends of friends). In not missing out on a single thing in the lives of the people I love most, and being there in person (phone calls never quite match up to an actual face to face conversation!)

And that’s when it hit me: You may travel the world, but all roads lead home eventually. True story.


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A journalist, intrepid traveler and occasional doodler, I love wandering off the beaten path. Is it any wonder then that my favourite place in the world is the window seat of an airplane?
  • http://applepieeorder.wordpress.com applepieeorder

    aww mits i love this post <3

    • http://getonthatplane.wordpress.com mithilamehta

      Thank you just SO much my dearest, dearest Shibni <3

  • Arpan

    Am in the same boat, your post just the made my case stronger (in my head) to head back to bombay from Blr

    • http://getonthatplane.wordpress.com mithilamehta

      Cheers Arpan! Take that leap of faith and go home. You will not regret it 🙂

  • Joyeeta Ghosal

    But you “must” travel the world! Could absolutely identify with this write-up & although I think about going back home quite often, I don’t think it’s still time. Maybe I have still not travelled enough 🙂

    • http://getonthatplane.wordpress.com mithilamehta

      Aww Joey! You’ll instinctively just know when it’s time to go back home 😀

  • Lokanath

    Bangalore will miss you for sure!! 🙁

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  • mmSuresh

    You can go miles away and travel across many places, but Final destination should be sweet home. Wish you all the best.

    • http://www.miss-wanderlust.com Mithila Mehta

      Thank you so much for your beautiful words. Hope you enjoyed reading the blog! Cheers.

  • Amit Gupta

    Wow, I cannot believe how similar our stories are. I moved back to my home (Delhi) about 2 weeks back and even in my case my organisation (Myntra) was kind enough to let me work from here!

    Even I used to have the same pangs of longing for home when I was in Bangalore. Been out for 5 years now, I’m home now and happy 🙂

    • http://www.miss-wanderlust.com Mithila Mehta

      Hi Amit, Thanks 🙂 How has it been to be home?

  • Vagabond

    I live half the world away, and have seen my family once in the past year and a half. I could not agree more with your closing line. Nothing in the world beats being able to eat hot homemade samosas and chai in bed or going to Marine Drive and just sitting on the parapet and staring at our city’s stunning skyline. This post nearly moved me to tears, extremely well written. Kudos!

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