District Mumbai is a blog aimed at highlighting unfiltered candid emotions, flavours & experiences in and around the majestic city of Mumbai.
If you are from Mumbai, or have lived in Mumbai previously, I’m sure you can relate well! And for those who have never lived in Mumbai, I’ll leave it to your imagination!
Imagine! A place which offers unfiltered candid experiences but one which never fails to deliver its Bollywood styled dramatic punches every now and then! A metro-city, quite often referred to as “The Concrete Jungle”, which shades it’s more than 20 Million inhabitants, but those 20 odd million people are somehow beautifully sandwiched in-between one of the largest urban forest at one end and a fascinating coastline of the Arabian sea at the other. A city where some of the world’s wealthiest tycoons live in their extravagant mansions; and the same city which houses one of the worlds largest slums. A city which offers glimpses of the colonial architecture, modern skyscrapers and slums in a beautiful mess.
A city where you’ll find some of the most stylish, lavish and happening bars & restaurants; and in the same city you’ll find some of the most budget-friendly & flavoursome street foods from all over the country. A city which promises to cater to all types of shoppers, with it’s high-end shopping malls and it’s old-fashioned markets; so whether you are a brand-freak lavish spender or a budget conscious buyer, this city would never disappoint you. A city which doesn’t seem to care about your religion, caste, creed or colour; where you’ll find people from all over India and around-the-world, co-existing in harmony. A city, where you’ll find Temples, Churches & Mosques from colonial era. A city, where Holi is as colourful as cheerful is Diwali, Eid & Christmas. A city, where nothing seems beyond reach! Yet it’s people never get tired chasing their dreams. A city, of million dreams, a city which never sleeps, a city that doesn’t stop, a city which never bent, a city so motivating, a city that inspires millions of people from all over India and across the world; Welcome! This is Mumbai, Or As the locals fondly call it, “Amchi Mumbai”.
With a beautiful mix of all of the above, this vibrant city serves as a source of bread to families of millions who work here. It is home to the oldest Stock Exchange of Asia, The Bombay Stock Exchange; And to one of the biggest film industry of the world, The Bollywood. Unmistakably, Mumbai is the country’s financial powerhouse as well the fashion epicentre of India.
In 1996, the city’s name was officially changed to Mumbai from “Bombay”! But, for me, and many others like me, who were born in Bombay, the name has a special connect and an overwhelming emotions attached to it; just as someone rightly said,
“Bombay because, Mumbai is a city; and Bombay is an emotion”.
One thing is guaranteed though, that once you have lived here, you will surely fall in love with this majestic city! This city is an addiction! Mumbai is like mother to millions who reside here; it’s an emotion which displays limitless expressions that conveys our belonging to this place! A city, which drew us into its belly and always nurtured us with its unadulterated love and warmth.
Above all, the one thing that makes Mumbai – The City of Dreams, is its connect with its people. Here everyone is busy, chasing and fulfilling their dreams; but, even a slightest of disruption in the city is enough to unite its people within no time, irrespective of their political views or religious beliefs. People are witty of this wonderful city, they are jolly and cheerful, fondly referred to as “Mumbaikars”! They love to connect with each other in their iconic local trains and enjoy cricket matches discussions together. Life in Mumbai has its own thrills and adventures! Ask any Mumbaikar and they’ll be happy to share a story or two, about their experiences in this city. It is truly the people of Mumbai, who make the city what it is!
If you are new to Mumbai from other town of India, it may not appear easy initially to get accustomed to the fast-paced lifestyle of Mumbai, everything around may seem chaotic, but it’ll become your kind of city sooner than you realize! As I mentioned earlier, Mumbai city is like mother to its people! It’ll not let you feel uncomfortable for long; because Mumbai has something in-store for everyone!
Yeh Hai Mumbai, Meri Jaan!