My City, Mumbai
In all the blogs and posts I have written over the last couple of months, I realized that I never wrote about my own city. The city in which I grew up, the city who made the person I am today and also that city, which is also called as India’s commercial capital.
I have lived in Mumbai from the past 21 years with the exception of the last 3 years which I have spent in Pune. You readers, must have observed that Mumbai is always described as the city of lights, the city which never sleeps or the city where dreams are turned into reality especially in various Movies (this statement is especially valid for those who watch Bollywood Movies). From the above statement, many people who have never visited would feel that Mumbai is or should be as beautiful or great as New York. Well that assumption isn’t entirely wrong.
The dim but antique looking yellow lights on the Marine drive, the regularity of the BEST Buses or the not so clean “The Mumbai Local” is something that every Mumbaikar cherishes and so do I. The South Indian Dosas, the Parsi Bun Maska, the Maharashtrian Puran Poli and Modaks along with Mexican Risotto, Italian Pizzas along with the Chinese Noodles are just some of the dishes easily available that I can think off the top of my head. Just like the diverse cuisines mentioned above, people of diverse ethnicity live and breathe in Mumbai.
Unlike most cities in India, the people of this city do understand the meaning of the phrase of living the life to its fullest. Hardships faced by most Mumbaikars doesn’t deter them but inspires most people to fulfil their dreams. The floods in Mumbai way back in 2005 or the recent 26/11 Terrorist attacks haven’t made Mumbai weaker but way stronger and ready then we were before.Surely, the roads are full of Potholes (actually I have forgotten what exactly normal plain roads are!), the local government running Mumbai is probably corrupt and most Rickshawallas don’t agree on a Savari at the first try, but does this mean Mumbai is not the shining beacon of India as it was in the past?
Of course not! The diversity of the people from various states of India, the celebration of various festivals (Diwali, Easter or Eid) brings this city together and makes it great. In today’s world where every group of People tries to one up another sector of the Society, one can surely try to observe and learn that living together is not that bad as it is made out to be.
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