‘That’s the thing about this city…aamchi Mumbai…a city that never sleeps, but right now the city is taking a nap. Mumbai..the city of dreams, with its share of flaws, is like an addiction; once you are addicted to the city you can never leave it. People have complained about its infrastructure, fast life, people who don’t care yet one cannot deny the warmth that this city exudes.
I came to Mumbai 19 years ago from a small town. Initially I struggled to differentiate Andheri East from Andheri West, I was skeptical about going in the ever-bursting local trains. But now the drive to Bandra Worli Sea Link is magical, Bandra Bandstand, Worli Seaface, Juhu Beach, Churchgate station, Kandivali, Malad sound and feel like magic. A city where you can find food even at wee hours, get a mode of transport even at any odd time. This is the city which gave me wings, gave me freedom.
Pandemic has made this city dull and people scared. The hustle bustle of local trains, BEST buses, traffic jam during office hours, the laughter at cafes, the tapri chai is missing. The spirit is mellowed. But I am sure my city will bounce back once this pandemic is gone. The happy spirit of aamchi Mumbai will be back with a bang. After this nap, the city will be fresh again and will not sleep.
Till then keep your “Mumbai spirit” intact my dear city..