‘This Is Why I Love Mumbai’ Guy Gives 8 Incredible Reasons Why He Loves The City Of Dreams

Mumbai is called the city of dreams. Hundreds of people arrive in the city every month to test their luck – some to become a film superstar, some to ace it in the corporate world and everything in between. However, it is not just professional success and a comfortable lifestyle that people love the city for. A guy took to Reddit to write down 8 heartwarming reasons why he loves Mumbai, and it’s not about his work.

Instead, his list includes how women are safe in the city and how autorickshaw drivers treat you like their own. He also writes about how while everything fizzles out, love remains and somehow there is always space for a +1 in the local train while it might look impossible from the outside!

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It is a place where people are still smiling even when they are living in cramped rooms. It is a place where the first rain of the season lifts everyone’s spirits. It is a city where people belonging from all sections of society find a place and remind us that we are all here trying our best to survive.

Have a look at his full post here:

“I took a Cab from Lower Parel to Worli. The fare was Rs.67. Since I was coming from Bangalore, I gave Rs.100 to the cab driver and started walking towards my office. The driver called me back. He gave me Rs.30 back. I started walking again. He called me back again and gave me 3 bucks back.

This is why I love Mumbai.

It was Holi Morning. I had to come to office. My cab fare was again 70 bucks. The driver did not have change. He went ahead and bought a Vada (a typical Mumbai snack) worth Rs.10 and returned me the balance. When I was walking away. The driver took his plate of Vada, offered me half of them. “Boss, ek lelo, Holi hai!”

This is why I love Mumbai.

It was my first night out on Marine Drive. The rainy days were about to start. I sat on the rocks with my friend. And suddenly it started raining. Ohh, I can’t even start to tell you how much people love the first rain here. It was 3 a.m. I saw a group of 3 girls, all dressed up in their short LBDs, probably coming back after party. They got out of their car. And started drenching and dancing in the rain. And no, not a single guy catcalled them.

This is why I love Mumbai.

Just on the opposite side of the road, where the girls were dancing, there was an old traditional Muslim couple. They were completely wet. The rain poured like nothing I have ever seen. Yet they sat there enjoying the view of the sea, holding hands. They were in their 60s.

This is why I love Mumbai.

Every Time I took the local train, I realized there is always a place for another person. It always looked impossible from the outside to get in. But somehow “we” always used to fit in those small coaches.

That is why I love Mumbai.

Every time it rains here, I wonder if the city is coming to a stop. It literally is like the hell broke down. I saw platform being overflown by rainwater. Then when I reached my office, I saw everyone came to work. People somehow manage to live here, irrespective of anything. The best part is they do it with a smile.

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That is why I love Mumbai.

There used to be a couple, just below my first apartment, on the street. They did not have a place to stay. They were homeless. I used to take the cab for my office from the front of their tent. I saw the old guy reading his newspaper, sipping tea and I saw her wife combing hair of her one of the street dogs. I never saw them sad in their happy little home (tent?). The wife always wore a little lilly on her hair.

That is why I love Mumbai.

I was at Dadar Station. It was 9 in the morning. It is pointless to say that it is one of the busiest hour. I saw a couple smooching on the platform. They were probably saying goodbyes to each other. From what I figured out later the girl was moving to another city on a long distance train. And then I realized I am one of the very few people watching. Everyone else is busy about their own train.

That is why I love Mumbai.

The city is an infrastructural mess. The air is so polluted at times I could not see the top of my own building due to dust. The place is so overcrowded that there is probably more space in a first world country’s prison than in Mumbai. Yet, I saw a Punjabi 26 year old guy, dressed in formal, singing his heart out while coming back from office on a bike. I saw a Jaguar stuck in the same traffic light. And they coexisted happily, side by side.

That is what Mumbai is for you “naked, sheer raw acceptance of truth”

I saw thousands of small homes. Homes of the size of washrooms of my place in Kolkata . Yet, I never saw a permanent sad face in any of those windows. People ran, people fought, people struggled for their dreams. “One does not live in Mumbai, One struggles in Mumbai”.

Mumbai is still the city of dreams. Mumbai can give you respect, happiness, irrespective of your caste, creed, gender and economical status. As the tea stall owner just outside my office used to say.. “Ambani bhi petrolpump pe petrol deta tha.. To hum konsi maal hai?”

One more thing , just shout Ganpati Bappa anywhere in Mumbai u will hear MORYA next minute

That spirit is the greatness of Mumbai. (sic)”

His post goes on to highlight that the greatness of Mumbai doesn’t lie in the high rise buildings or the numerous job opportunities or the entertainment industry. Instead, the greatness of Mumbai lies in its people, their simplicity, their humanity, and their shared passion to live a better life. 🙂

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