Hey there! I am Anayata and I work as the learning and development executive at Le 15 Patisserie. I’ve written this blog specially for anyone that might be thinking about moving away from home and needs to read a few reassuring words from a fellow confused adult.

I applied to Le 15 after a couple of months of my finals. I told my family about the company and conveniently left out the part that it’s based out of Mumbai (I’m from Pune). When I got selected, my emotions went raging from thrilled and excited to horrified in seconds, I had to tell my parents now. When I told them, it sounded a lot like I was confessing to a crime but they were so proud! I thought I would have to call my recruiter and say, “I really, really want to come but my parents said no. Maybe next time?”   

So then I realized that I had underestimated my family (I love them) and shifting was going to be a lot tougher than telling them about it.

When I was in the process of moving, I only had the very obvious things in my head. I thought it would be as easy as making a list and checking everything off one after another. My list looked a lot like –

  1. Get a Job
  2. Find a house
  3. Figure out food
  4. Understand Mumbai locals

But reality was about to hit me bad as I forgot a few other things –

  1. Find a house .In Mumbai. Within a budget.
  2. Find a good roommate.
  3. Find a maid. (This one’s big)
  4. Make new friends
  5. Make time for things other than work
  6. Budget everything
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So the next bit is divided in points but trust me, it usually happens all at once. No pressure.

House/ Roommates/ Maid
I moved in a hurry, lived at my uncle’s place for a month and understood what people meant when they said that Mumbai is a fast city. I was up at 6, in the local, at work, in the local again, home by 9, fast asleep by 10. It was all a blur, work was fun, there was no pressure and having family in the city helped me transition into this life a lot better! But I was eager to move out or it would be exactly like working in Pune plus humidity and better public transport.

I looked at flats, PGs and hostels all over the city. (Tip 1- There are great groups on Facebook that help connect people that either have flats and are looking for other people to stay with or people looking for flats. It goes something like flatsandflatmates. Great tongue twister too.) There are hostels for working women/men and students all around if you’re okay with rigid curfews too. There are all kinds of houses, spacious/tiny and cheap/expensive.

I lucked out and found a flat all thanks to my roommate who is actually a friend from Pune. She moved away from home for work around the same time as I did. Now I have a cozy house, a best friend for a roommate and my neighbours are the sweetest aunty who specializes in idlis and a black labrador called Whiskey.

Our maid comes when she wants or doesn’t on most days. (Maid issues and paying bills make you feel like you’ve finally grown up . I now get my mom’s angst.) This relationship is a work in progress, but I swear she’s it. She’s the one guys. (Tip 2 – Give equal importance to the house, the roommate and the maid and you’ll be fine.)

Self Learning and Lifestyle 
The expectations v/s reality of living away from parents are stark opposites! You’d expect someone to go crazy with all the new freedom, go broke in the first week and basically become the 2007 Britney Spears.

I’ve always loved my parents for giving me a great life and now I respect them even more for financing me till I got my first job. Every time I see something nice, I take a picture and send it to my family whatsapp groups as opposed to putting groups on mute earlier. I started budgeting one month at a time (Tip 3 – please make budgets, there are many templates on the internet), I go grocery shopping and don’t end up buying 50 packets of chips and nutella (Tip 4 – needs>wants), I walk from the office to home in the evening to make up for not working out, listen to great podcasts, read books and go for random photo walks around the city. Not so bad, right?

Work and Socialising
Half your problems will get solved if your job is challenging and interesting. My work involves training and performance management for most parts of the company and I love it! Because I’m a little reserved, I took some time to make friends and work freely. Our Le 15 team is incredible with work and very supportive. Over time, we’ve become each other’s critics and motivators. We even have our own traditions, like going around the city for food walks!

So, to conclude. Moving away for work is a big deal. It will make a lot of changes in your life and most of these changes will be difficult. You’ll have many pleasant and unpleasant firsts, I sure did!

But as a fairly directionless/mostly confused/always intrigued/immensely clumsy amateur adult, moving out is one of the best decisions and it has all been worth it!

Are you someone who is considering moving to another city, or have already made the move and have a story to tell? Let me know in the comment section!

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Comments (18)

    • Mrinal Naik

    • May 17, 2019 at 17:49 pm

    Love it Anayata. Well written and funny 😁

      • Anayata

      • May 18, 2019 at 15:44 pm

      Thank you, Mrinal! <3

    • Shruti Goel (Lekker Baker)

    • May 17, 2019 at 19:22 pm

    So well written! This makes me even sadder that I had to pass up my opportunity to work with Le15. If you guys ever branch out to Delhi, please let me know. I’m dying to work with the brand ❤️

      • Anayata

      • May 18, 2019 at 17:21 pm

      Thank you, Shruti!
      We would love to work with you in the future. Please keep an eye out for job openings on our Instagram Page! 🙂

    • Aarzoo

    • May 17, 2019 at 20:26 pm

    Perfectly written! Lots of things to learn !

      • Anayata

      • May 18, 2019 at 17:24 pm

      Thank you, Aarzoo! I’m learning new things every day!

  1. Great work, well written..! I can relate to this, i came to Mumbai for my internship and had this sort of experience but you know what I really miss those days. It’s actually fun living on your own terms 🙂 challenges makes you stronger and better human.

      • Anayata

      • May 18, 2019 at 17:31 pm

      They surely do!
      I hope you get an opportunity like that again and thank you for sharing this, Shubham! 🙂

    • Smita

    • May 18, 2019 at 08:20 am

    Thanks for writing this! Will be moving for my first internship to a new city soon !!

      • Anayata

      • May 18, 2019 at 17:37 pm

      All the best with your internship, Smita!

    • Roshni Masand

    • May 18, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Such a nice article. It’s inspiring seeing you make an effort everyday! <3

      • Anayata

      • May 18, 2019 at 17:38 pm

      Thank you so much, favorite human!

    • Yashada Joglekar

    • May 18, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Hi very nicely written . I love Le15 . My case is the exact opposite I am a true blue Mumbai girl who moved to Pune post getting married.

      • Anayata

      • May 18, 2019 at 17:38 pm

      Thank you, Yashada! I hope Pune is treating you well.

    • Amita Mathur

    • May 18, 2019 at 20:23 pm

    Nicely expressed Ballu. You learn life. I totally read more after our last conversation. You are going to be gold or you are already….. Life is going to bring out the best of you. Proud of you. Love you.

      • Anayata

      • May 19, 2019 at 10:21 am

      Thank you so much, Amita jiji! These words help me even further!

    • Ishita Makhija

    • May 18, 2019 at 20:45 pm

    Love the way you’ve written it and then Mom’s Angst totally relate to it… i do want to move out but maybe in 2-3yrs i may move out…

      • Anayata

      • May 28, 2019 at 16:06 pm

      Thank you, Ishita! I hope you have a great experience whenever you do plan to move, all the best!

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