I’m sure most will agree when I say, Every city had a character of its own!
Mumbai, though it is called now, will always be Bombay for me. This is where I have lived for the last 20 years of my life!!
I don’t know any other city even half as well to be able to compare, so I wont. I’ll just say why I like Bombay.
The city is dear to me, not only because of its familiarity but also because I truly believe no other city can reflect my inner self more aptly. This same statement will apply to 6 million others as well. Thats how multifaceted Bombay is.
A plethora of contradictions, it is constantly redefining itself as a city. In no two years does Bombay seem the same to me.The only constants I have observed are change and resilience.
From the Yeur Hills to the Malabar Hills, this city of seven islands has it all. The resplendent beauty and serenity of the sea, the clamour of ceaseless traffic, the melee of devotees at varied places o worship.
Bombay exemplifies the juxtaposition of extremities in every possible facet.
Though I believe Bombay’s greatest asset is its HUMANITY. If I cite an example of a crisis situation like the 26th July floods to prove this statement there may be an objection stating that, “Any place would come together in the face of a crisis”. So I give you one which you can witness on any ordinary day in Bombay- “The local trains”. If you observe a train at rush hour, when people climb over one another to get in, after the train starts moving if one passenger still pursues despite the lack of space many hands shoot out and haul him in. For that one moment he has put his “life” literally into the hands of strangers till he edges into relative safety.
I could rant on and on about my beloved city. Ultimately though, its for each own to chose their own reasons to love her, but love her you will.