May be surrounded by
A million people I
Still feel all alone
I just wanna go home
Oh, I miss you, you know
One can truly understand the value of their home when they have been away from it. By home I do not mean the home that has 4 walls, but rather the city in which I have lived almost half my life.
In my entire life I have lived in 3 cities; Dubai, Mumbai and London, but the attachment that I feel towards Mumbai is unrivaled by the other two. Mumbai has a certain vibe which makes you feel comfortable and welcome. We don’t deny we have our share of problems;Power and water cuts are normal, Terror threats are a way of life and are accepted, Our political representatives surface only before elections, our sanitation and drainage system are a joke; we have a separate bribe fund before we go to Govt. offices to get work done and many more.
For all its problems Mumbai is still the city people prefer. Whenever a Mumbaiite meets a Delhiite or any other imp city dweller in the world for that matter, there is always constant fight over which is the better city. Ever wondered why given a choice people would come to Mumbai. Its because women can go out at night without constant fear of getting raped, 6 pm is not a deadline to come back home safely, we know how to live and not necessarily at the expense of others, we have learned to get up even when kicked and put down, people on the streets WILL help you when in trouble….. [despite popular belief Mumbai people do not revel in others misery]……………Mumbai allows you to dream; and gives you the means to achieve those dreams….Sometimes not as quickly as you would want them but you will get them regardless……………. Women are not looked down for doing things that were once considered quintessentially male; Smoking, riding a bike, fist fighting, abusing etc…………..
We may have our share of problems but we also have a lot of perks of being a Mumbaiite.