Kasa Kai Mumbai…!! The land of dreams, the land of opportunities. I visited Mumbai during the Monsoon season – August. The monsoons were retreating so the rains were unpredictable. The hide and seek between sun and clouds was a bit fun and a bit confusing. Somethings are better experienced only as words cannot express them. It was a conscious decision on my part to visit Mumbai and Vapi (Gujarat) during the Monsoon season but was a very terrible idea as per my parents. When did parents agree with you anyway..?? !!
So the not so good parts first. Mumbai has no space being surrounded by hills and ocean. And so there is only one way to move in Mumbai and naturally from 8 AM to 10 PM one is caught in a minimum of 2 hours traffic jam every day. No space also means once cannot expand the city horizontally but only vertically. Therefore, all you can see are tall buildings and skyscrapers. One of the reasons, Mumbai has the moniker as “New York of India”. But these skyscrapers are without balconies!!. I love balconies. They are my space where I go to listen to myself or just to watch others; and for growing my lovely plants. New construction of buildings with balconies is going on. But until then I didn’t like current buildings. Construction of metro and other roads & repair works was also going on at that time and so was also one of the reasons for huge traffic jams. I couldn’t get the time to spend on all the beaches of the Mumbai but Juhu beach was really dirty. People really need to improve themselves and care about our oceans and environment.
And now for the good parts…!!! The famous necklace road and the sea link were really awesome both during day and night. It is really like they show in movies. But the experience in real is different. Winds and rains make you a bit afraid while on the sea link. The winds were so strong that it felt it the cab would just blow away. Colaba Causeway is just like Sarojini Nagar but very smaller in size. Nevertheless, Colaba Causeway holds the same amount of quirkiness for each and every one. The intricate artifacts and street styles were just a treat for the eyes. I think one should always try out local cuisine to really enjoy a city you are visiting. I didn’t get the time to enjoy the local cuisines but I really savored the Rava Cake, freshly baked. It was really yummy.
People are very friendly and non-interfering. Policemen were helpful. Metered taxis are amazing way of public transport. Even during night one doesn’t feel unsafe. Despite all this, I didn’t want to stay in Mumbai. It’s not that I love Delhi. May be I didn’t give time to the city to grow on me. They say once you like Mumbai, you can never want to come back from Mumbai.
I really want to experience the Mumbai which grows on you. I want to experience the feeling which says you are on your journey to realize your dreams. Something is different in Mumbai. But what?? I left Mumbai with all these questions.
They say travelling is more important than destination. They also say travel is experiencing life. They also say travelling makes you a storyteller. Mumbai is not my definitely my destination. But it falls somewhere on my journey called ‘my life’ and is part my next story. I hope to experience Mumbai again.