An Abode

There was a scene in the movie Bluffmaster where Boman Irani tells Abhishek Bachan about how moments define the life. You can watch the scene here . He points out the life is not measured in the days we breath, life is measured in the moments that take our breath away, like first car, first kiss, first time you touch a girl. It was a really powerful dialogue and quite true.

This year I made two huge decisions which would mark as life changing moments for me, some moments I would always remember. The most important one being this and the second important one is the one which I am talking about here.

I have been waiting to write this post since quite a few days but somehow one thing or the other kept coming in between. More than that somehow I didn’t felt so strongly as I thought I should have or I would have. But a few days back when I came back home there was a slight change near the entrance. I saw this and I felt a strange kind of rush in me. It was such a sight for me which was an indication of I have achieved something in my life.

My Name on the Plate

My Name on the Plate


Yes, yours truly managed to obtain a “Chat” (roof) over his head by committing next 20 mortgage paying years of his life to the State Bank of India. Yeah it is the banker to this Indian too, and now I can relax at least someone does care I am alive (and yes making my home loan payments too).
So I finally managed to get a decent roof spread over three room and not spread across the two terrace balcony in the city of Pune. It was tough ordeal in a new city (though I have spent couple of years here but still buying a house is a lot different) which involved doing background searches, haggling with builders, spending countless Saturdays and Sundays zeroing down on the exact place which you would like to make your home.
One of the most beautiful moments and most significant moment of my life was on July 1st 2009 when I came to the house with all the Pooja related stuff for the moving in Puja which i did myself as I still was a 27 year old single bachelor staying far away from his parents. My hands were trembling when I found this door closed on my face and my name written on it and the keys of the lock to it in my pocket. I am not sure what my story would be with this house and how good or how bad it would be. But I know one thing for sure I have made my second most important commitment with this place. And this place belongs to me.

The Door of my house

The Door of my house

Somethings in life make it worthwhile, because they are the milestones of your journey. The milestones through which you would recall your memories and this very same journey asking the most important question of my life “I gave my life to become the person I am right now, Was it worth it” and something deep within tell me that the key to this answer might be kept in my pocket like the key of the door above.

28 comments on “An Abode”

    • Prats Reply

      @Harishit: Thanks man. I can understand what you man, Been there done that :-). Very honestly being there actually makes it worth it when you reach the other side 🙂

  1. Ankit Reply

    Awesome Prateek!! Congratulations..

    So, with “roti.kapda” a makaam s also done. going by the Indian way of life you have achieved all there is to achieve.The feeling must be awesome and indeed it s “defining” moment in anybody’s life.

    Here s wishing you many more “Breath taking moments” in your life. Cheers!!!

    PS:: Dont tell me u r gonna land up in the SBI ad in future. “The banker to every indian” 🙂 cos ghar khardina in mumbai/pune is no less than a miraculous task!!

    • Prats Reply

      @Ankit: Thanks man…. If I ever landed in their ad I would be in some elite company 🙂 I love that series of ad for the record 🙂

    • Prats Reply

      @Suegir: Keeping my fingers crossed. I just hope when I leave this place I will say something like Chandler did in Last Episode of Friends to the twins- “This was your first home and it was a happy place filled friends, laughter and happy memories”

  2. Deepti Reply

    Bahut Bahut BAhut BAhut BAdhaiyan…..:)))…..really nice aritcle..very very HAPPY for You….:))…..was having goose bumps while reading it….:)…name plate Jan 20 ke baad chnage ho jayegi….with one more name on it…;-)

  3. ruSh.Me Reply

    Aaj kal Makaan is the most important entity of the trio.. Rest, could be managed somehow!! Congratulations…!! 😀

    Keep the door safe from Party-promotion… Look what MNS guys did to my dear door!! (Its a rented apartment, but rented hai par mera hai..)

    • Prats Reply

      @Rush.Me: Thanks a lot. I know specially given the sky rocketing prices. I was lucky because of the recession I got an opportunity.

      I just saw ur post, they already did that but not the door the wall just besides the door.

    • Prats Reply

      @Shivaranjan: Oh I already moved in, Currently living here. I got a ready possession flat as they call it here 🙂

  4. Poonam Reply

    A house is always special.And it doesn’t come easy. I bought a house a year back for my parents, even though it was not as expensive the process to loan and stuff was quite draining.

    It feels good to have and live in your space. Congratulation, you now have you own place under the sun. 🙂

    • Prats Reply

      @Poonam: Thanks a lot. Yes the funny thing about the banking system is that we first have to proove that we won’t need their money then only we get the loan 🙂

  5. Smita Reply

    wow!!! wow!!! wow!!!

    Congrats 🙂 and am sure your parents too would be very proud of you 🙂

    We are also on a house search now and yes it is a tough process but the end result always give us that extra proud feeling 🙂

    • Prats Reply

      @Smita: I am not sure if they are proud of me, I think they still feel responsible for putting the mother earth through the pain and disaster like me 🙂

      Yes house searching is a dreaded process, but the reward is sth like brilliant. 🙂
      Best of luck for the search of ur home

  6. Akanksha Reply

    Hey, Congratulations!!!! 🙂
    It sure would feel gr8 to see ur name out there! 🙂 So, when is the housewarming party?

  7. Reema Reply

    congrats!!! I would suggest u crop the specification of your location in that pic. Better safe than sorry in this online world.

    • Prats Reply

      @Reema: Yes, I agree forgot the bit in excitement, I have blurred the image now :-). Thanks a lot for bringing this to my attention.

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