Mohammed Rafi had penned the unforgettable ode to Mumbai “ae dil hai mushkil jeena yahaan, zara hat ke, zara bach ke yeh hai bombay meri jaan” long years ago, when Mumbai was still Bombay. This line captures the true essence of the city that never sleeps, never stops, never dies.
Mumbai is a desirable destination for so many people in India. Thousands of people migrate to this city every day to fulfil their dreams. Some can accomplish them while others get lost in the crowd. Even the strongest of people can be overpowered and overwhelmed by the chaos of the city.
Known for its fast-paced lifestyle, it is one of the most active cities in the country. The Mumbai local trains are not just a mere mode of commuting but the ‘Lifeline of Mumbai’. Travelling in Mumbai locals is the easiest way to escape the hectic traffic and reach your destination on time.
Street food vendors are a common sight in Mumbai. It is known for its delectable chaats at various food stalls in the busy streets of this city. No matter how full your stomach is, there is always room for cheat dishes like vada pav, pani puri, dabeli, pav bhaji and many more.
When it comes to the nightlife of Mumbai, one can stay up all night to enjoy the buffet of options. The nights are so radiant. It's true when they say that this is indeed a city that never sleeps. Mumbai is always shining with lights, the streets and night clubs teeming with people. Not only tourists even Mumbaikars go out to enjoy the vibrant night life at places like Bandra, Marine drive, Gate Way of India, and other places.
I think the two most popular things in Mumbai are Bollywood and Cricket. Bollywood being one of the most prolific film industries in the world employees thousands of people. ‘City of dreams’ as people say, many aspiring actors move here to become Bollywood stars. Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have attained nearly God like status.
Though hockey is the national sport of the country, cricket is the ‘unofficial’ national sport of India. Whenever or wherever India plays, the city comes to a standstill. Glued to the television, everyone cheers for the Indian cricket team. No one will ever forget the winning six hit by MS Dhoni in the 2011 World Cup at Wankhade, which was a proud moment not only for Mumbaikars but the entire nation.
In the city of dreams, time is money. Neither the rain nor a riot, the terror attacks of 26/11 or bomb blasts of 1993 could clamp the city down. But the city succumbed to the outbreak of COVID-19. The city curled up and locked itself in. But we fought back, like always. The beauty of this city is incomparable and every Indian must have the chance to experience it once in a lifetime.