Friday, November 26, 2010

Mumbai - The City of Dreams! :)

It is not amongst the most beautiful cities of India. It is not even a place where life is relaxed, yet Mumbai attracts people like no other city of India. Mumbai is both the commercial and entertainment hub of India. It is the dream city to which people come from all parts of the country to fulfil their dreams of becoming ‘successful, famous and rich’.



I have visited several places but this city has something which attracts you. My own visit to Mumbai, though it had nothing to do with becoming successful, was full of anticipation. I was visiting to meet my elder brother and so had to stay there for sometime. In fact I have visited Mumbai several times after this trip and each time the experience was just overwhelming, though the first visit was to be remembered forever and that’s what is mentioned here. My expectation from Mumbai, like many others were sky high. However, I felt them crumbling down the moment I stepped out of the Airport. Nowhere could I see even the faintest glimpse of the image I had in mind of Mumbai. Being from delhi, the metropolitan look that I was hoping to see of Mumbai was grossly missing. The roads were narrow and the crowd sometimes became too much to handle. All through my way from Airport to home, I constantly peeped out of the cab to see the Mumbai of my dreams, but all in vain.



Fortunately, my disappointment from Mumbai ended very soon. Mumbai had so much to offer that the ‘look aspect’ really took a back seat in few days. Along with my brother, I visited the Gateway of India and nearby places.



I also visited Juhu beach and quiet a few lesser known beaches. Juhu was all lighted up and glittered beautifully in the evening. The surrounding was vibrant - the foodsstalls were full, the vendors were going around showcasing their items and the photographer were busy spotting and clicking tourists. We also played in water, felt the sand slipping from below our feet and got ourselves clicked.Visits to the Mahalaxmi Temple, Haji Ali, Marine Drive followed and made me more than happy. I could now see the religious as well as modern side of Mumbai. It was as if slowly Mumbai had started revealing its treasures to ward off my initial disappointment.



What I most enjoyed during my stay in Mumbai was the rains. Never before had I seen rainfall for 3 – 4 consecutive days with very little interval. It was true that I just couldn’t go out anywehere because of the rains but just watching the rainfall for so long was immensely enjoyable for me. Another thing which I enjoyed was travelling in local train.








Travelling by train gave me a first hand idea of life of the people in Mumbai. For them, local trains are a lifeline. Without these trains, life in Mumbai becomes crippled and I witnessed that myself when heavy rains seriously affected the running of trains and large number of people got stranded where they were.

Thankfully, the situation improved very soon and life got back to its normal self. Mumbai, after all, is known for its resilience and under no circumstance does it goes down. Infact, such a situation saw complete strangers coming together to bail out each other from difficult situations. I realised that it is this spirit of Mumbai that keeps it going despite all odds.

There were various other aspect of Mumbai that came to my notice during my stay in Mumbai. I wished to explore Mumbai more but had to cut short my trip because of certain reasons. I was surprised that I was feeling bad to leave a city which I did not like initially. Also, I knew I had to come back to know and understand Mumbai more. This is Mumbai, a city that never fails to charm an incoming visitor.
Mumbai I will keep coming back !!!

9 comments:

Shivam shrivastava said...

very good photos.....

jitender thackery said...

Indeed mumbai is city of dreams for many. i am proud to be born and lived in mumbai

Anonymous said...

mumbai is a nice and wonderful city minus shiv sena

ghanshyam said...

hey nice work i must say that u have a good talent in photography u should go for it
god bless u ...........

Anmol Sharma said...

thanks all.....specially ghanshyam for your wishes.

vikas sharma said...

nice photos ak.

akhil negi said...

nice article......really city like mumbai is one of kind.

Sakshi bhide said...

No other city can match mumbai, it has something different. I am proud to me a Mumbai-ite.

Naman said...

nice anmol, saw your blog first time, good going!