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Pronoti

Gourmet Gal Who Loves Long Walks

“Paris as a city is deeply appreciative of the arts, literature, and fashion. I feel like the city offers the space to pursue one’s creativity while being chockablock with inspirations at every corner. After being in Paris for two years, I’m amazed by the ways in which this city inspires me to explore my creative side.”


 A Quick Q&A With A Local Paris Insider

Our Interview with Paris Writer Pronoti

What brought you to Paris?

I met my husband Olivier while I was living in New Delhi, India. After years of us being in a long-distance relationship, I moved to his city, Paris, two years ago, to join him here permanently.

How has your relationship with Paris evolved?

I arrived in Paris in the middle of the Covid confinement when the city lay closed and catatonic, with no cafés, museums, or any sign of joy. Just like the city itself, even I was not in the greatest headspace. Like most of us during that time, I was going through the emotional ups and downs that the pandemic brought. Eventually, as Paris came to terms with a new normal, reawakened and revived itself after multiple confinements, and reinvented its joie de vivre, so did I.

I started exploring Paris by myself, going for long walks, exploring my neighborhood, and visiting museums on my own. I picked up some French too, started a new job, and became independent in every sense of the word. Where previously everything I knew about Paris was through my husband, I started building my own relationship with this city.

After initially being intimidated by Paris, the city slowly started feeling less like a stranger and more like a friend. And I am happy to say that today, I can well and truly say that I feel I belong to Paris, that this is my city.

What most surprised you about Paris?

I was surprised by how well-dressed most people here are. Parisian style is extremely well-known everywhere, but living in Paris and witnessing it in person is another matter altogether. Parisians have really mastered a sophisticated, minimalist style that’s at the same time super practical for the necessities of daily Parisian life.

Are there any of aspects of Parisian life that you dislike?

The winters! I am from a hot, sunny country so I have definitely grumbled many times about the mostly unpredictable, and often gloomy Parisian winters.

Paris is also a very expensive city to live in. With so many students, artists, and young professionals — not to mention the huge number of tourists — having no choice but to move here to further their careers, the fact is that property prices and cost of living continue to soar while neighborhoods continue to get gentrified. It’s a sad reality that not everyone can afford a comfortable and stable life here.

What’s your favorite thing about Paris in general?

Paris as a city is deeply appreciative of the arts, literature, and fashion. I feel like the city offers the space to pursue one’s creativity while being chockablock with inspirations at every corner. After being in Paris for two years, I’m amazed by the ways this city inspires me to explore my creative side.

What’s your favorite daydreaming spot in Paris?

The place I frequent the most in Paris is Jardin des Plantes. Whenever I feel like I need to clear my head and write outside or spend time people-watching, this is where I am most likely to be found. I hang out mostly in the Alpine section of the complex.

If Paris were a song?

It would be “Non, je ne regrette rien” by Edith Piaf.

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