5 things you'll relate to, if you're a true Mumbaikar!
Being a Mumbaikar is no less than an honour and we're sure you'd be able to relate to most of these points, if you've ever been in the city!
Mumbai is famed as the 'City Of Dreams' and given the struggles and success stories which this city churns out on a daily basis, people come from afar to settle in here. Mumbai is a city which gives us hopes even amidst all the routine grapplings but once you're a part of aamchi Mumbai, there'll be no going back.
If you've ever stayed in Mumbai, you must've definitely noticed some of its quirks, just like any other city. So if you've ever been referred to as a Mumbaikar because you've taken your first breath here or have stayed on for a while, these are 5 things which you're going to relate to!
Hailing an auto-rickshaw is no child's play!
Mumbaikars and their grievances regarding rickshawallahs are eternal! These bhaiyas always make us feel like they're doing us a huge favour by taking us to our destination and the actual fare seems like a small compensation in return. When you first ask them if they'd take you, they mostly deny the ride and just to hold on to tha empty auto, we sometimes change our destination according to wherever they wanna drop us at! Kaafi meherbaani.
Local train rides are a routine.
Anybody living in the city, cannot skip out on riding these local trains and they're much more popular than any other form of transportation available in the city. It's like a path of righteousness, that every person staying in the city has to go through and if you're daily commuter, we're sure you've made peace with the sweaty and bustling crowds by now. Not only do these ride help you in building patience but also makes you stronger than before!
"Iss weekend chhuti hai. Lonavla chalte hain!"
When in Mumbai, weekend go-to spots are never a problem! You have a plethora of options to choose from but somehow, our gears are always stuck on Lonavala. From anywhere in the city, you can aaram se take road trips to Alibaug, Nashik, Pune, Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Malshej Ghat, amidst so many other scenic places. But Lonavla ki baat hi alag hai!
Vada Pav is the BEST snack!
Sure, Mumbai has tons of places for you to binge at according to different palate preferences. BUT when it comes to on-the-go snacks which would be light on the pockets and will instantly make you feel fuzzy from the insides, Vada Pav is always gonna be the answer for us. Usually we pair it with a cup of garma-garam chai and within seconds, we feel like we can easily conquer the day!
Mumbaikars love/hate Mumbai Monsoons
Mumbai monsoons are a menace! The first monsoon shower does bring the much-needed respite from the humid summers here but it does hinder traffic majorly and going anywhere around the city becomes a Herculean task.There's muddy water flooding in the streets, the constant downpour is annoying and let's not even get started on laundry problems! But we do love the Mumbai rains, no matter how inconvenient it is. During this time, walks along the MD feels like true bliss and it's like, the city gets a new lease of life.
No matter how bad the traffic is, how many potholes we've gotta skip or how the fast paced life here sucks the living daylights out of us, there's no other city we'd rather live in. Being a Mumbaikar is no less than an honour and we're sure you'd be able to relate to most of these points, if you've ever been in the city!
A culturally affluent and historically significant city, Mumbai has an array of heritage structures which will keep your interest hooked for hours and will linger in your memory for days to come! A haven for history lovers, The City of Dreams speaks of a bustling potpourri of monuments which have lent Mumbai with its current status of being a old world charmer. Along similar lines, the Flora Fountain situated at the southern end of the historic Dadabhai Naoroji Road, also known as the Mile Long Road, is a beauty to behold!
Mumbai is a hotpot of cultural diversity and all across the metropolis, you'll find yourself amidst a plethora of archaeological wonders. Grabbing a comfortable seat on this bandwagon, is one of Mumbai's unique attractions- the Global Vipassana Pagoda. A monument built as a tribute to the philosophies of Lord Gautama Buddha, this pagoda pulls in thousands of visitors and devotees annually. Considered as a landmark of peace and the abode of tranquility, this Global Vipassana Pagoda aspires to proliferate the teachings of compassion and non-violence while it also promotes the practise of 'Vipassana'.
Maharashtra is a treasure trove of historical wonders and one never runs out of things to explore, learn and do when here. Adding to its robust bandwagon of architectural marvels and sites of utter significance, are the Elephanta Caves. Located on the Elephanta Island, this place features two hillocks separated by a narrow valley and it is scattered with umpteen ancient remains which is the flag bearer of Maharashtra's rich cultural past. This venue contains a selection of 'rock art' linked to the cult of Shiva and is an amalgamation of seven caves, out of which the most important is the Mahesa-murti cave.