I moved back to Patna 5 years ago and this question has followed me since then. From friends and colleagues to even relatives, almost everyone has asked me this question, wanting to know if it’s possible to survive in Patna after working in Pune for 8 years.
My answer has always been a big YES! 🙂
The fact that I am a Bihari (born, brought up and studied in Patna) coming back to my base was a cakewalk…Yes, I know of people who wouldn’t do this even if they got a good opportunity but for me, it has been the best decision of my life!
Since I work as a freelancer, moving back to my city wasn’t difficult as far as work is concerned. There is no denying that there are limited jobs in certain fields (reason why many youngsters from Patna move out for a good job), but there are opportunities…you just need to find one!
As far as the ‘hanging out’ bit is concerned, there’s plenty that this city can offer. There was a time when Patna needed options but today, it has plenty. From fine dine restaurants and premier hotels to shopping and entertainment avenues, you name it we have it.
I feel whether it is Patna or Pune, everything depends on our expectation from that city. You may leave Delhi to take up a dream job in the US or leave your dream job in the US to open a small café and settle down in Goa. In the end, what you want from a city will decide where you will end up.
So, the next time you are visiting Patna for a friend’s marriage or planning to come back for good, it’d be great if you come with an open mind because this city will surely welcome you with open arms.
PS: Ours is a dry state (just in case you started planning a trip already :P)