MUMBAI AS I SEE IT!!

Mumbai or Bombay as they call it earlier is the capital city of the state Maharashtra situated in the Western Ghats of the Country bordered by Rajasthan on the North,Madhya Pradesh on the East and Karnataka on the South. Mumbai is often referred to as the “Financial Capital” of the Country and obviously it is true as lots of people migrates from different parts of the country to seek a better and suitable job, better life,better education, et al. In this post, I would like to describe the Mumbai it is and The Mumbai it will always be. Enjoy the ride across Mumbai……..!!!

Some Facts About Mumbai :
Bombay was renamed Mumbai in 1996. The total area of the city is 440 sq. km or 170 sq. miles.
The population is 18 million, projected to reach 28.5 million by 2020.
Mumbai is the capital of the state of Maharashtra.
Marathi, Hindi and English are the main languages. Telephone code is 022 .
Time zone – GMT/UTC plus 5.5 hours
Climate – Summer 20 °C – 39 °C, Winter 12 °C – 34 °C. Mumbai has a truly tropical climate and temperatures remain fairly uniform throughout the year. You never need to pack woolens for Mumbai, not even in December. Mumbai is drowned every year under torrential Indian Ocean monsoon rains between June and September, usually beginning by 7th June every year.
Public and private offices: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Some open on Saturday, but all are closed on Sunday.
Shops: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Post offices: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon._Fri.; Saturday until noon.
Banks: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat.
Restaurants: until 11 p.m.; nightclubs and discos close much later
And Some More Interesting Facts about Mumbai Life:
Bombay has no bombs and is a harbour not a bay.Churchgate has neither a church nor a gate. It is a railway station.
There is no darkness in Andheri.
Lalbaag is neither red nor a garden.
No king ever stayed at Kings Circle .
Nor did Queen Victoria stay at Victoria Terminus.
Nor is there any princess at Princess Street .
Lower Parel is at the same level as Parel
There are no marines or sailors at Marine Lines.
The Mahalaxmi temple is at Haji Ali not at Mahalaxmi.
There are no pigs traded at Dukar bazaar.
Teen bati is a junction of 3 roads, not three lamps.
Trams used to terminate at Kings circle not Dadar* Tram Terminus
(Dadar T.T.).
Breach Candy is not a sweetmeat market, but there is a Hospital. Safed Pool has the dirtiest and blackest water.
You cannot buy coal at Kolsa street.
There are no Iron smiths at Lohar chawl.
There are no pot makers at Kumbhar wada.
Lokhandwala complex is not an Iron and steel market. Null bazaar does not sell taps.
You will not find ladyfingers at Bheendi Bazaar.
Kalachowki does not have a black Police station.Hanging Gardens are not suspended.Mirchi Gully does not sell chillies.
Figs do not grow in Anjir Wadi.
Sitafals do not grow in Sitafal Wadi,
Jackfruits do not grow at Fanaswadi.
But it is true that you may get fleeced at Chor Bazaar!
Now, Lets get into some Points which will prove you are a Mumbaikars
You say “town ” and expect everyone to know that this means south of
Churchgate.
You speak in a dialect of Hindi called ‘Bambaiya Hindi’,
which only Bombayites can understand.
 Your door has more than three locks.
Rs 500 worth of groceries fit in one paper bag.
Train timings (9.27, 10.49 etc) are really important events of life.
You spend more time each month traveling than you spend at home.
You call an 8′ x 10′ clustered room a Hall.
You’re paying Rs 10,000 for a 1 room flat, the size
of walk-in closet and you think it’s a “steal.”
You have the following sets of friend: school friends, college friends,
neighborhood friends,
office friends and yes, train friends, a species unique only in Bombay.
Cabbies and bus conductors think you are from Mars
if you call the roads by their Indian name,
they are more familiar with Warden Road, Peddar  Road, Altamount Road .
Stock market quotes are the only other thing* besides cricket which you
follow passionately.
The first thing that you read in the Times of India is the ” Bombay
Times” supplement.
You take fashion seriously.
You’re suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.
Hookers, beggars and the homeless are invisible.
You compare Bombay to New York ‘s Manhattan instead of any other cities
of India.
The most frequently used part of your car is the horn.
You insist on calling CST as VT, and Sahar and
Santacruz airports instead of Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.
Your idea of personal space is no one actually standing on your toes.
Being truly alone makes you nervous.
You love wading through knee deep mucky water in the monsoons, and
actually call it ”romantic’.

Only in Bombay , you would get Chinese Dosa and Jain Chicken.

Well, This much is what I have experienced since my 4 years long stay in Mumbai yet, Im still thrilled and excited to get a zing of the more suspicious and overt incident that I will come across further in my stay at Mumbai.
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