Quandary

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dilemma, quandary — (state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options)

Well, everything happens together doesn’t it? At least it’s been the case so far. Dang it!! I am in a quandary – coz I have to choose between 2 unfavorable options!! Aaarggghh the pain of moving your residence [:P]!!

Till now I have been looking for a nice apartment to enjoy Germany at a lesser price. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE my current apartment, it’s just that I can’t afford it, if I need to save any money outta this otherwise slightly harassing experience.

I get one [thanks to Jonas – he managed to even rope in an appointment with the current tenant], which is bang opposite my current place of residence. The best part about it is that, there is not much of a move – my gym – one of the few things I have grown to love is right by my side – about a minute of walking away from me. Everything else is close to me – the provision store, the bus stop – the train station itself is a mere 10-15 mins walk away!! – The rent almost half of what I am paying for a bigger apartment as well! it’s just 360 Euros – yes a lotta things like utilities are missing!!

On the other hand, one of my colleagues told me that one of his team-mates is coming to Erlangen and he’s interested in sharing an apartment. There’s a bigger apartment available  – for close to 600 Euros [to be borne by 2]. However, it’s almost at the other end of town. Going in a complete opposite direction from the bus stop!!

So, lemme do a pros/cons finance analysis..

New apartment opp my current place
Pros:

  1. Close to the gym – which is awesome
  2. Close to grocery/bus stop
  3. Walking distance from the Bahnhof
  4. City Centre and bus services are regular
  5. Love my privacy
  6. Net/Telephone shouldn’t be too much of a problem\

Cons:

  1. Kinda lonely
  2. Everything has to be done by urself
  3. Haven’t checked on what all is going to be available for me – as in washer/dryer/wardrobe/cupboards/bed/vessels etc
  4. All payments apart from the rent also has to be borne by myself – including – telephone/DSL/grocery/Cooking/Bedding etc

Financial Analysis
Rent + Hot costs [heating/electricity/maintenance/elevator charges etc] = approx 400 Euros!!
House deposit = 800 Euros = 2 months deposit [shall get 600 Euros from current]

Option of moving in with a house-mate
Pros:

  1. Rent will be cheap
  2. Everything is shared – especially house maintenance
  3. Wont be too lonely
  4. In a bigger apartment with a healthy Indian population
  5. House mate from the same place of work
  6. A new gym with more facilities
  7. All facilities are shared – telephone/DSL/house deposit etc
  8. Bus service all the time to/from Bahnhof

Cons:

  1. Far from my current gym = bad as I really loved this place
  2. What if the house mate is a pain in various parts of the anatomy
  3. Don’t wanna lose my privacy whenever I feel like talking to anyone
  4. On the other side of the city

Money wise
– Rent = 600 Euros total shared by 2 = approx 300 Euros a month!! [which is half of what I am paying just for rent rite now]!!
– Deposit = 2 months – but that again has to be shared = 600 Euros!!

So, overall, money wise, shifting in with a house mate is a wise decision!! I am just wondering about my privacy and how i am now used to living all alone – carefree!! Is paying that extra bit of money worth the privacy is what is left to be seen!! *sigh* why does life have to be so damn hard :P!!

Update: Decision yet to be made, but have decided that I have the time up until that potential room mate sets foot in Germany!! So gonna go ahead with enquiring further details about the other option that I have!! No decision has yet been made!!

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27 thoughts on “Quandary

  1. You mention having a house-mate means “everything is shared – especially house maintenance” — if you mean cleaning and tidying, just remember, it might be shared, but there will be twice as much to do ’cause there will be two of you πŸ™‚
    Just something to consider!

  2. @ lindsayd: Hey comon!! I know twice the amount of people means twice the mess [or more if ur including me :D] but the fact is that well at least u get a respite from the cleaning everytime on your own!! :-)!! Trust me – i just swept and vacuumed by apartment.. It sucks when u do it alone!!

  3. hey Bro!
    Cool!! so finally u thinking about each thing u do! :D! though i’m not sure if it suits ya. πŸ™‚ hehe. Anyways,if ya ask me, you should first spend some time with this potential roomie of yours. I know you wont be comfortable at all if its not the right person to share the place with. If u 2 go well togetehr, awesome! thats the choice made. As far as the gym and distance to office is concerned, i’m sure nothing will be as bad after spending time in B’lore. :D! but yeah, you would not be the sole Master of your space, which i know is how you like the best [I’m not bringing Wishful Thinker into the consideration here]. Though of course,the fact that you might need the entire place to yourself to have those long conversations also needs to be taken into account.

  4. Papa!! U da only man who knows me well enough!! :-)! Hehe – and naah not thinking bro!! Just trying it out!! U know finally I am gonna make the decision only when I really have to !! :-)!
    And ur first comment!! >:D

  5. hey Bro!
    Cool!! so finally u thinking about each thing u do! :D! though i’m not sure if it suits ya. πŸ™‚ hehe. Anyways,if ya ask me, you should first spend some time with this potential roomie of yours. I know you wont be comfortable at all if its not the right person to share the place with. If u 2 go well together, awesome! thats the choice made. As far as the gym and distance to office is concerned, i’m sure nothing will be as bad after spending time in B’lore. :D! but yeah, you would not be the sole Master of your space, which i know is how you like the best [I’m not bringing Wishful Thinker into the consideration here]. Though of course,the fact that you might need the entire place to yourself to have those long conversations also needs to be taken into account.

  6. hehe.. yeah i know..First comment to anybody,for the recrd!! :D! Btw, i cancelled the first comment to correct a spelling. Still got duplicated! πŸ˜€ take your own lazy time to sort it out…hehe.

  7. hehe.. yeah i know..First comment to anybody,for the record!! :D! Btw, i cancelled the first comment to correct a spelling. Still got duplicated! πŸ˜€ take your own lazy time to sort it out…hehe.

  8. Of course Papa!! Shall do that!! Btw, awesome article dude – Where’s my sambhar!! Shall post my comment and get some traffic on to your site :-)!! You need to write more often – u are hilarious!! :-)!

  9. :D.. Cool!! Now u’ve got me all worked up! will try to get a bit regular. btw Bro,ur site has been blocked by websense here during regular hours..Damn!!.. i hope i’m not barred from entering mine!! :((

  10. Awesome :D!i know..!! I can see that devilish grin in gettin me all pumped up! that apart, i guess u generate too much traffic from these premises.Somebody is not happy about it.

  11. Bul

    hey… I say go for the roomie… it might be fun… As far as privacy is concerned, do let him know you treasure it… That can be worked out…

  12. wow…. making decisions like this…. choosing roomies n stuff… writing down pros n cons….. wow… I love em all… I wana get outa my home n learn to live alone!! Im ….. “OverProtected!!!” (Britney Spears style) πŸ˜€ Oh was i supposed to vote on which option is better?? emm… I dunnooo…. its so confusing…… :O

  13. @ Bul: Hmmm, everyone has told me to go for the roomie!! Interesting, and just when I was getting used to the lone life ;-)!

    As far as privacy is concerned, do let him know you treasure it… That can be worked out…

    Yup, that’s exactly what I had been thinking after Papa [Ari Bro] has suggested that :-D!

    @ Annie: Oh Comon!! Trust me – it’s just the initial excitement!! There are too many frills attached to living alone. Damn I wanna stay with my parents. The amount of money I’d save and I can spend on upgrading my laptop and computer and net connection!!

    However, the privacy – to do what u wanna do!! This is the sweet life – and only for this am I stayin alone and trust me when I say – it’s a wonderful feeling – living ur own life – ur way!!

    Hey – whoa!! I just realised – I can live my own life – my own way!! Why the F*** am I bothered in spending 2x the money for an apartment – who cares? What’s the money for?? I have everything that I want and more in this apartment – privacy – close to the gym – net connection – telephone!! Dang, if only the rents were about 350 Euros, I’d never move outta this place!! This is the BEST!! *Sigh* but then all good things must come to an end – except relationships [don’t gimme that look Hanu πŸ˜› – Love ya :*]

    Hmm, I have to think this over again in my mind – no more blogging about it – Kids mite get a different idea :-P!!

  14. The amount of money I’d save and I can spend on upgrading my laptop and computer and net connection!!

    My thoughts exactly. hehe.

    Here’s my experience.

    I got a mallu room mate here (thank god), but I think its possible to get along with anyone. *shrugs*

    PS : provided they are sane. πŸ˜›

  15. my advice for roomies would be still the same –
    1. A Cute marine biologist whos part time member of save the whale foundation!
    2. An Artist whoz a part time dance instructor!!!
    *sigh* .. if only .. πŸ˜‰

  16. @ OF: Dude! Long time no see!! :-)! Anyhoo – actually I dont have a problem with roomm8s one bit [ok make that had] coz I had one of the best roomies in the world – Papaji – Ari Bro!! However, rite now living almost 4 months alone, I am kinda used to doing things my way!! I was just afraid of change that’s all!

    @ Sid: Sucka – you had all the opportunity in the world to make that happen! But, no u _had_ to go and live in the hottest cities in the world [NO PUN INTENDED] :-D!! Anyhoo, yeah keep ur options dude!!

    Personally, I know exactly who I want as a room-mate!! A gorgeous lil beauty with an amazing brain – and her name is Harini :P!!

    What’s happening there otherwise sucka? Mesa about to embark to the gym!!

  17. Hehe what are the odds PS – yday Natalie Portman was there in my dreams *ROTFLMAO*!! And she kissed me :P!! Sowiee dude, but then I immediately backed off ok!! Told her I am seeing someone, who’s really really special to me and that she will find someone who can compare to me :-D!!

    And I am not kidding :P!!

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