We have often heard people telling me a thousand times that once you come to Mumbai, you are never going back.
Humid weather, crowded places, never-ending traffic and hardly-empty locals, and yet the city has an irresistible charm to it. It is the "the city of dreams" for many.
I remember my trip to the city with cousins. We shopped the entire day without realising how time passed by and we all were amazed as we ended up buying everything we needed at cheapest prices. That was the first joy that Mumbai gave me.
Yes, Mumbai makes space for everyone and welcomes you with a warm heart. It is an emotion, an addiction and a home to countless people in India. It will teach you to dream and fight for your dreams eventually.
Owing to its vastness and abundant population, one finds a surplus crowd anywhere and everywhere. Many people mean many different stories.
Here are some crazy facts and lessons that you would completely relate to, while living or travelling to Mumbai. Check it out!
Confusing right? Anand of Mumbai says it's the easiest way to remember things. Where every second is expensive in this city, Pe ru cha cha cha means
Ru: Rumal (handkerchief)
Cha: Chabis (Keys)
Cha: Chasma (Spects)
Pa: Pakit/Pocket (Wallet)
Pa: Pass (local train pass)
People of the city have made these short abbreviations so that they don't forget these things in a hurry!
You can never say NO to vada pav, people are insanely crazy for it. From breakfast to lunch, they crave for this snack and can eat it at any time of the day.
People from all around the world are amazed by the fan following Indian actors have. They literally are treated like God. In Mumbai, you'll find people from every profession mimicking Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan etc.
That is exactly true. Apart from carrying regular things in their bag, Mumbaikars also carry an umbrella. You never know when it would start pouring.
Local trains as we all know is the heart of Mumbai. The moment the newbies think they have mastered local travelling, people here do everything from reading newspapers to cutting vegetables.
Celebrities are not people to make a fuss about, if you are living in Bandra or Western zone. It's way too normal for the people to encounter the stars daily.
Whether you leave work at 6 pm or 11 pm, you will never complain about being bored or jobless. Hop into any club in Mumbai and see how rewarding a good work-life balance can be.
Nobody responds to the word "Bhaiya". You call them "Bhau" or "Dada" and they are ready to take you anywhere.
Girls in Mumbai showcase their exclusive collection when they have actually street shopped. Intelligent right?
Well, a Mumbaikar wouldn't dare to cancel his or her Goa plan. It is what, just two hours away?
Mom- "I read that it is raining heavily in Mumbai, you must have an off from work, right?"
Son- "What?? No, it's very normal here Mom."
And on days when the crowds, the sheer sights and sounds sap all the energy out of you, you realise Mumbai, like a strict yet loving parent, has prepared you for life.
Do you feel the same for Mumbai? Do share your views in the comment section below.