Given the opportunity by Tata Motors (http://madeofgreat.tatamotors.com/) to write about my favourite city based on its Drive, Design and Connectivity, I am writing about Mumbai, the financial capital of India.
I was born in Mumbai and spent my initial years (nine years to be exact) there when my papa was posted there. Then again as my destiny would have it, I got an opportunity to go back to Mumbai for a second time, for pursuing my MBA course. I stayed there for a couple of years that time. What really fascinates about Mumbai is its never say die spirit.
If I am asked to describe the city in one word, I will say – dreamland. Yes, Mumbai for me is a dreamland. It gives you the freedom to chase your dreams. I have always been in love with the city for its beauty as well as for its attitude. The city has faced several crisis moments through its life – be it the bomb blasts in the 90s or the recent terrorist attacks in 2008 or the flood-like situation during monsoons. But the city and its people have always come back stronger. It is fearless. Another thing that I love about the city is its amazing shoreline. Being a Piscean, I have always been fascinated by the sea and so I love to be around the waves.
Situated on the west coast of India, Mumbai has a population of about 17 million that makes it the second most populated city in the world. It is not only the financial capital of India but is also called the commercial and industrial capital as well. Its property prices are some of the highest in the world. What’s amazing is how on one side, it is a city of glitz and glamour, and on the other side, it’s also a picture of poverty and slums and squalour, both the worlds co-existing side by side in the same city.
Mumbai is truly a magical city (Mayanagri), so many people migrate to Mumbai in search of a better life or to change their fortunes and fulfill their dreams. They call the city as the Land of Opportunities. They believe that Mumbai is a city of wealth and that there are ample opportunities for everyone to earn their pie. Whether you dream to be a techie or wish to be a photographer, whether you want to be a film-maker or an actor, or a writer or an entrepreneur – Mumbai gives everyone a chance and with enough opportunities to fulfill thier ambitions. It always has something to offer to everyone in terms of lifestyle, living conditions, education and career.
It is also a primary centre for education in western India and offers a wide range of subjects and institutes to choose from. So many youngsters flock to the city every day to pursue their favourite subjects.
Perhaps no other city defines a metropolitan city better than Mumbai. Because of this constant migration of people from various parts to Mumbai, one would find a distinct multicultural feel.
The city would always be humming with activity and the people there would always be on the move. It’s for this reason that some people say that the city never stops or never sleeps.
Mumbai is not only home to the Indian film industry i.e. Bollywood, it is also an important location for the corporate world with several multinational companies having their headquarters in the city.
The architectural style found in Mumbai is a blend of Victorian, Indo-Saracenic, Art Deco and modern contemporary style. Its swanky shopping centres, wide roads, flyovers, several multiplexes and its pristine seashore add charm to its beauty.
Another thing I greatly miss is its carnival-like atmosphere in its markets. The streets, the markets, the trains and the people – the city in its entirety always looked colourful to me.
Being one of India’s major commercial hubs, Mumbai is well-connected to all other metro cities as well as to other parts of the country by Indian rail network, by road as well as airlines. The Mumbai International airport (also known as Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport) is one of the busiest airports in India. Numerous flights fly daily from and to the city. The city also has an extensive suburban electric train network called the Mumbai Local. The Metro rail too has already started operations in the city. Additionally apart from the huge number of yellow and black taxis as well as the auto-rickshaws, Mumbai has also got one of the superbly managed public bus systems in India – BEST bus service.
The city is never short of vigour. Whether one loves it or not but Mumbai is definitely a lovely place to visit. If explored with an open mind, Mumbai will sure to weave its charm on you.
(Image taken from www.actrec.gov.in)