Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Mumbai meri jaan (cliched maybe but true!!)

When i went to delhi a lot of the ppl i met there asked me wat was so great about mumbai that every mumbaiite was so very passionate bout it ?!?! most of the questionin happened cos of the following incident ...

one of the trainin sessions was just over and just possibly to make a mediocre session somewhat interestin - in her assumption only - this lady says "jai hind" and me like a true blue mumbaiker whose atleast heard a thousand shiv sena rallies ... i end up mouthing "jai maharastra" right after her.

like any other north indian ( i was the ONLY mumbaiite there) .. everyone around me was incensed that i dared to put state pride over nation pride.. but it aint like that see .. i love india .. i truly do .. but its just that mumbai is HOME.

i know its got traffic snarls and horrible roads .. but it also has long winding lanes where u can just keep walkin and walkin witout ppl starin at u and tryin to mentally undress u no matter how hideous u look!!!

mumbai has pollution and chokeups but it also has amazing ppl who go on helpin each other no matter what kinda swinger god throws at them ... floods, riots, bombs ?? name one city thats endured the same within a space of a decade and come through so brilliantly?!? -- ok ok so delhi has had thousands of rulers attack them and theyv had had riots to .. but y didnt i put in the "decade ka clause" in .. so everybody shut up !

mumbai does hav a lot of crime .. but it also has policemen who help u wit directions, who help u push ur car to the nearest gas station, this city has nurses who adopt babies that hav been thrown away by "mothers", it has ppl who drive around on winter nights and throw khadi shawls on sleeping pavement dwellers and go away witout being named.

granted it needs a lathi charge to control ppl during big bazar's sale here ... but it also has hill road at bandra where u can get exotic whathavus to wear at max to max 100 a pop and linking road where u can shod urself in whichever way u fancy... mumbai .. also has lokhandwala where the starlets shop for "sexy" stuff .. and normal ppl like us (well atleast appi, anu, eishu and me) .. well we just laugh !!! -- i promise appi .. by the time u finally come around to reading this .. we will have gone there!!

yes mumbai is over crowded but thats only cos of the politicians who refuse to let other areas of maharashtra develop .. see that happenin and then maybe mumbai will become the star it truly is ... or atleast make it a city-state like delhi .. mumbai deserves royal treatment!!

o and if the above arguments dont make u think mumbai is one of the best (if not the best) cities then i bring forth the best .. v hav the big b and the chota b and the 2 khans ... AND U CANT TOP THAT !! (even tho v do hav salman khan but u cant really blame someone who is mentally challenged)

moral of the story ... hate it or love it .. mumbai is an experience that has to be explored ... it has a bit of everything ... and im only realisin the true meanin of that today .. when i see it through the eyes of ppl whov come here for the first time ...thanks and bye for now !!
posted by Ipshi @ 4:00 PM  
  • At Wed Mar 01, 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anusha said…

    Mumbai does let you be the way you are. You will definately find your 'type' somewhere. I agree that despite stray incidents, safety in the city can be vouched for. But you do pay a price with the traffic, pollution and the appalling amount of garbage lying all around. This city deserves a lot more attention to put it back on tracks.

  • At Wed Mar 01, 10:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anand said…

    There r no 2 ways to the fact that every true mumbaikar feels at home in d city, takin into account the travellin i do i, definately vote 4 that. However, i think, in addition to the undyin spirit that v exhibit in times of distress n also otherwise, we mumbaikars should realize our duties as responsible citizens, not jus 10 or 15 of us, but everyone. We shouldn't take things for granted. And im sure that would make 'our world' a much better... the best place!

  • At Wed Mar 01, 10:44:00 AM, Anonymous smita said…

    Jai Maharashtra :-)) Marathi Manase Jaga ho :-)) Hehehehehe. Good post ips :-)) Jai hind :-))

  • At Wed Mar 01, 10:45:00 AM, Anonymous marc said…

    Lathi-charge to control a big bazaar sale? Did I miss out on something? Agreed I've been away for a while, but I think Bombayites (I prefer calling it Bombay - tis closer home that way) are more self-disciplined compared to any other places having Saree stampedes, and other crap! Its after being away for quite some time, I've realised much more, that there's no other happening place than Bombay. Waiting to get Back2Bom!!! And see, how you can find your destination involuntarily in a Virar Local? Cheers! Bombay Rocks.

  • At Wed Mar 01, 10:45:00 AM, Anonymous anup said…

    I think what makes mumbai special are the people of mumbai. But I would always stand for "Jai Hind" over "Jai Maharashtra"

  • At Wed Mar 01, 11:59:00 AM, Anonymous eisha said…

    Hmm...well we really can't blame Mumbai for the Big Bazaar laathi charge thingy, that happened in Delhi as well. Guess this kinda sale is a new concept for some of us.
    And true Ipshi, despite traffic, pollution, narrow and bad roads, Mumbai has something magical abt it. Saying it with experience, u know. I hated Bombay when i first came here some 8 mnths before and didn't change my opinion till sometime back. Its all thanks my my sweethearts Ipshi and Anusha, that i learned more abt the ppl and the place.
    Fine Delhi has undeniably better roads and greener pastures and its HOME, but it doesn't have the peaceful sea, wonderful ppl who just let u be and ofcourse SRK.
    So yes Mumbai rocks!!

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