Rocks! Mumbai Sizzles!
A colleague of mine said during one of our official trips. We were
on our way to office quarters from Delhi Station. It was 7.30 a.m.
in the morning. The roads looked deserted and calm as compared to
our buzzing Mumbai roads.
Mumbai roads are bustling with
activity all the time. Even during night, one may find people
on the road having a rollicking time. Bomb blasts, floods, communal
riots - nothing can ever deter Mumbai's spirit. It is the city of
dreams where thousands come in a day from different cities, states
and villages to become something in life, to be successful. They
have dreams in their eyes and hope in their hearts. Some are very
ambitious and come here to make it big in the filmdom. They get
so addicted to the fast pace life of Mumbai that they drop their
plans to go back to their hometown. They might not get a job initially
but the city makes them tough. They might even sleep on the roads
for days for they have the faith that they can survive here or say
an uncanny attachment to the city.
Mumbai is also known as the tinsel town of India. The
city has a glamorous side to it. The who's who of the film
industry and industrialists can be spotted at late night parties
and become Page 3 celebrities. These same people are in the
news for the wrong reasons as well.
However, the real heroes are the so called middle class
of Mumbai. They travel by the crowded train and go to
work. They juggle a lot of things in a day. Even if they are
tired at the end of the day, it is the enthusiasm and energy
in them that keeps their life kicking. The trains are the
lifeline of Mumbai. They carry millions of people to work
and back home. If the trains are disrupted even for an hour,
the city comes to a halt.
you are not traveling by train then you would be missing out on
a whole lot of filmy hot gossips, daily soaps, the latest trends
in dresses and accessories, office politics and so on. The city
respects people for their hard work and sincerity irrespective
of class, caste or status. Have you ever heard of dabbawalas giving
speech to management students? It happens only in Mumbai. They give
lectures on time management, as they are famous for delivering lunch
boxes at the right time at different places and are never late.
Their time management kissas are so famous that they were even invited
for Prince Charles wedding.
When you meet a Mumbaikar, you will not be able to
make out where he or she is from. It is a cosmopolitan city.
A Mumbaite is a mix of everything as they imbibe the culture
and traditions of everyone. One can learn all the languages
right from Tamil, Malyalam to Urdu, Bhojpuri, Nepali, Bengali
and even know their culture and traditions.
financial city of India is divided into two parts- South
Mumbai and the suburbs. In South Mumbai only the rich and famous
live while working class people dominate the suburbs. The difference
is due to exorbitant real estate prices. Then there is the third
area where people live in small and dilapidated huts near railway
tracks, in large grounds and near building sites - the slum area.
The largest slum area in the world exists in Mumbai - Dharavi.
There is no proper sanitation, not enough supply of drinking water,
and the surrounding area is very unhygienic. Still people lead their
life there with a smile on their face.
The governments dream to transform the city into Shanghai might
be very difficult but it is not impossible. It might take a decade
for the city to change, as it has to wipe off poverty and provide
accommodation to thousands of people who enter the city everyday.
For this, the citizens of Mumbai should lend a helping hand and
provide support to slowly eradicate poverty and keep the city clean.
Author: Lakshmi is a freelance writer and has been
working as a Sub Editor for the past three years. [email protected]