Sez a somebody writer- You’ve got to see 2 things in Bombay- Bombay Rains and Bombay Girls.
But with d transition from Bombay to Mumbai, this cliché has been cut past. Now it’s everything rite down to the soul of Mumbai that you would have to be invariably inert to miss.
My post here is a round trip of the City that Never Sleeps in its quirky facets that the sight seeing folks might miss bringing across to you.
First up, Mumbai ka khaana- If you are a foodie, this is d place for you. Simple stuff- road ka vada pav, pani puri, paav bhaji, masttt cutting chaai….all of that… it all has a different flavor…(not eaten in d rite conditions, mite cause some issues with ur digestive system though), but then the experience is what counts right?.. bottom line …fabbb food.
Mumbai ka brand name!!- Isstyyle here at d janta level isn’t overdone…. Ranging from Fashion Street to Linking Road, where u get d choicest variety for d cheapest deal (anythingggg for a hundred bucks!!!). Yep thoda bargaining karna padega… with d thelewala ranting about – dhandaa is mandaa n market is thandaa, takes a bit of patience n practice... but its all worth it in the end. N to make u feel better u can walk away with 10 kurtis for d price of one designer wala (C’mon label kaun dekhta hai! N u can’t even wear d same dress to d same place more than once……Arey its uncool yaar!)
Next up, Mumbai ki local yatra- N by that I mean commuting-.…
With trains… from d world famous VT or Churchgate stations that take u through d length n breadth of d city in just about a snap……that too with minimal effort… u don’t even have to walk from d train to d exit….d crowd takes u d distance…all u need to do is stand! Convenient na? N if you are late den your set of ‘train friends’ will even cheer for u as in an Olympic final…‘jaldiii. Jaldiiii. Arey baba jaldiiiiiiiii!!’
N with d red color wala BEST buses (they r all new now), u have d blue shirt TT uncle who ensures u get a seat if you are a girl (sweet na) n time pass ke liye u even have d radio station that plays malishkaaaaaa or anirudhhh. Haven’t done any research but I don’t think buses elsewhere in India have that…as is implied….its all one step hatkeyy.
Mumbai ka language- Idhar rehne ka hai to aisa ij baat karna mangta hai! You cannot overlook this one. Mite b a little less classy or even sometimes rough for a conversation in polite company but it still is undeniably cute. With roadside taporis ka ‘kya re’ ……..d taxi drivers ka ‘zyada jhikjhik’ … d kaamwali baai ka ‘time khoti nahi karne ka’…….d lingo grows on you and you can’t help but smile.
Mumbai ka Indian wala spirit- Take a flight that lands u at Chatrapati Shivaji Antarashtriya Havaayi Adda n you'll know what I mean. D minute d aircraft door opens n a gush of warm breeze blows in your face, it smells like- well, India!.....have no other way to put it... u have to b there to believe it. N not just that... even in the theatres…d cheapest, d biggest, d bestest or the priciest… they all have one thing in common…no not Shahrukh Khan on their screen but I mean the Indian National Anthem…n I mite sound a bit patriotic or even dramatic here…but it gives a good feeling when everyone stands to it…an untold sense of equality.
Then, the Mumbai ki jantaaaa- U mite have d media portraying a bhaai type version of Mumbaikars who utter swear words at d drop of a hat and bajaao d happiness of people messing with them, but that's not really true.. well at least I haven’t seen it… what I HAVE seen and known is… outgoing n helpful people who don’t mind sparing a second to look out for u n if you’re infinitely lucky, then even getting you to your destination if u can’t find your way. Not everyone does that u know!
And finally my fevrettt- Mumbai ka star attraction- Nariman Point!! this here is one magical place…perfect location. perfect view…n any company is d perfect company…. ever walked barefoot on sand? If u haven’t, u musttt... (Make sure u keep your footwear in a safe place though)…there’s a very good chance that once u cum here you’ll fall in love with it (the place, not the shoes….!). You don’t need a foreign destination for rose colored vision.... this here is as good as any place can get- plus the local touch, minus the nostalgia. Worth a try, don’t u think?
Now that I’m running out of other things to say, here’s the gist for you- Pick a destination on the face of the planet…..from the spectrum of what’s likely to emerge thus, there’s one place, that breathes of a breed of people who’ve faced trying times………. come floods, come terrorists, come economic slowdown… it lives on… with the people flashing a smile and a die hard spirit, stepping to the rhythm of the beat…and may I say Sir, in style!.…….Yepp! The one place that’s got enigma…..a class apart...…Amchi Mumbai!