#OhMyGod Titbits About Mumbai You Surely Dint Know

Mumbai, synonymous with the phrases “ The city that never sleeps”, “Work Hard Party Harder” is what it is today due to a lot of small but important things. No matter how tough it can get, I love it till no end. I am sure you do to, but I am also sure you do not know it well enough. So read on and know some stuff about this awesome city now.

1. Bindaas:-
We Mumbaikars are recognized for lot of things and one such thing is inventing our own version of the national language Hindi, called Bambaiyya Hindi. Oh, how we love using it, specially the bold fearless word “Bindaas”. But guys, did you know that this word which is our slang was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2005. Feeling proud, Aren’t we? So punter log, keep using it, “Bindaas”.

        Local  Heros

Local Heroes

2. Our Hero- Aamchi Trains- Mumbai Local

Everyday millions and millions of people travel to and fro via Mumbai Locals. The Dabbawallas use the trains to ensure that almost 2, 00,000 people get their lunch boxes on time. But wait, everyone knows this, after all these local are truly the lifeline of the city. There is one thing you surely dint know. These locals have never ever crashed into one another in their lifetime. The trains have never met with an accident. Surprised?? No I am not making this up, An Ex railway Employee confirmed this.

3. Cheers To 1000 weeks of Good Health
You are surely thinking, almost everything lives to be 1000 weeks old and in good health. But what if I tell you ,I am talking about a Bollywood movie. The epic story of DDLJ and the charismatic duo of ShahRukh and Kajol continue to rule our hearts and the screen of Maratha Mandir for above 1000 weeks now. We are so fortunate to live in this awesome city.

          Foot Wash

Foot Wash

4 Foot Wash
What if I told you that Mumbai actually has a place by the name of Foot Wash. Don’t believe me? Read on!.The small creek that separated the islands of Worli and Bombay was a place where people in the olden days washed their feet. This is possibly also one of the first pieces of land to be reclaimed from the sea. The place was named called Pydhonie, Py meaning feet and Dhonie meaning wash.

5 We believe in walking high
Skywalks, there is one close to practically every railway station. They are huge, skywalk
long and strong. Many of them are strong enough for cars to move on them. Trying to increase accessibility these modern day bridges have succeeded at some places and not so much at the other places, but would you believe it guys that, Mumbai is the only city in India to have Skywalks. Leaving everything aside, just how cool is that?

6 Yankee Doodle.
Everyone can sing the song “ Yankee Doodle “ but there was also an Ice Cream parlour by that name right were the grand InterContinental hotel stands tall today in the Marine Drive area of Mumbai. This awesome Ice Cream joint had the most awesome flavours, amazing sea view and comfortable seating options. I vaguely remember the orange lights that lightened up the space but I most definitely miss it.

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7 Its Chic Choc Time
Everyone has surely tasted the awesome, most delicious, finger licking chic choc ice cream at Right place in Breach Candy. But did you know that before Right Place this sinful delight was available at another popular ice cream parlour Snowman’s. Well the place no longer exists but the Ice cream does. So indulge in today. You can’t afford to miss this one.

8 Home Of The Great
Who doesn’t know the great writer, author, novelist, Rudyard Kipling? Everybody does! He wrote stories about British soldiers in India and short tales for children too. One thing you don’t know about him is that he was born in Mumbai and spent the first five years of his life in our amazing city. No wonder good old Rudyard turned out to be such an awesome artist.

The Emotional Fool in the city of Mumbai

Its been a while since I wrote something and like each time I needed to feel inspired, I needed to feel the connection with my heart for the words to flow, I needed to empathize. Today afternoon while watching the movie “Wake Up Sid”, I found my moment of inspiration. The closing sequence of the film touched my heart and gave me a topic to write about. It was about my city , Mumbai and I am gonna write about the same. This one is special and close to me.

Mumbai_night_water There is nothing about this city that has not been said earlier.  It’s loved for its glitz, glamour, fancy and fast life, street food,  roadside shopping and of course the queens necklace- Marine Drive  that adorns the city with each sun rise and every sun set. Everyone  who has known this city, knows that it is a city of dreams. While  growing up in the city I have seen my share of dreams too.  No , I  am not going to bore you with my dreams and their success or  failure ride but yes I will certainly tell you a story.  Every  Mumbaikar has a tale to tell and here is mine.

A lot of things have changed from the days of childhood to now when I am part of the corporate structure.  My thoughts, beliefs, aspirations, dreams, wishes and even friends.  One thing that is still the same is that I am an emotional fool. I still feel bad if people don’t call me, I still  want  mom and dad to tell me a bye when they leave home , I still don’t like eating  alone, I still like to inquire if my friends have reached home after a late night outing, I still live in a fairy tale world and hope for everyone around me to be good and  last but not the least I still cry when silly emotional scenes play in the movies.

Call me dumb, call me foolish but I have realized and accepted that, that’s how I am and I don’t want to change. Most of you’ll will argue that having that deep an emotional bend will only make me weep and life will only serve me disappointment but for me these emotions translate into HOPE. Yes I get angry, yes I expect and yes I feel bad too but I ‘d rather live in the hope of a having a strong emotional connect with someone than turning into a practical numb person because the fast life of the city does not give people the time to stop, breathe and share love.

Imagine getting a promotion and no one to share with, painting a house but no one tell you how beautiful it looks, sketching a picture and no one to mock you about how bad your drawing skills are. Imagine taking a walk by the sea all alone, or enjoying on pav bhai and gola all by yourself. Most people do all of this alone and have accepted it as part of Mumbai lifestyle. People are happy with being busy and having no time to stop and admire the people who have made these dreams come true. Doing any of it alone is no fun and expecting others to do it with you is asking for too much in this crazy city of Mumbai where everyone is chasing their dreams.

My story is about hope that Mumbai has given me with its never say die spirit, a hope that millions of people bring along when they leave their homes behind and step onto VT station, a hope that someday my world will be perfect and I will decorate my house with the person I love and who loves me back. I refuse to change and put will continue to be an emotional fool who thinks with her heart.  Mumbai is a great city and I love it too. It can get harsh and cruel on you but guys don’t forget to share what the city gives you.  Don’t get too busy to make one call to a person who helped you become who you are.

After all it is those moments which are shared that are cherished the most. My heart is pumping with emotions and hope, fill your heart with these too as a hopeful life is better than lonely anything.

Cheers……