Mumbai or Bombay, a cosmopolitan city, is often a synonym for Bollywood and glamour. If you’re a non-Mumbaikar you will tend to associate Mumbai more with human achievements, precisely ‘A City of Dreams’. Living in another city you will certainly end up missing out on so many things that this megacity offers. You find great paradoxes and little joys in turn.
Here are 10 things you should learn while you stay in Mumbai:
- Begin with adjusting your expectations
Truly, it’s one of the most crowded cities in the world and with millions of people who live in, under or on the buildings (pun intended). Living in the world’s most expensive real estate in a matchbox size house doesn’t really become a great deal. You’ll be short on space but you will be living with people with giant hearts, we promise! ☺ We say you could happily rent a place ranging from INR 15,000 - 40,000/- depending on the location and budget.
- Best life lessons are learnt on Mumbai Locals
Rich in history, it’s the first railway network to be built in the whole of Asia. It actually takes one ride in a Mumbai local to figure out the city’s geography. Here’s your chance to explore the city at the lowest travel cost and they are the cheapest in the world with travelling distances of 120 kms for as little as INR 30.
Don’t forget to take the Colaba- Borivali BEST bus ride for a Mumbai Darshan at just Rs. 120.
Disclaimer: It’s going to be pretty hectic but truly worth it!
- Shop your heart out at Colaba Causeway/Hill Road/ Linking Road
All you shopaholics, here is a paradise for you. From trendy clothes to antiques, this market should be on your list, if you wish to buy some stuffs at affordable prices and excellent deals. Update your style without burning a hole in your pocket. You can find some trendy tops/ T-shirts or if you’re jewellery junkie you could get from as low as INR 100- 150.
- When in doubt turn towards the sea.
The Marine Drive a.k.a Queen’s Necklace or the Worli- Sea Face can really calm your nerves without you making an effort. A soothing breeze is something you’re going to be looking out for. A direct train to Churchgate/ V.T. station is how you’ll get to Marine drive or go for a long drive on the Bandra- Worli sea link. The best way to enjoy the sea-link is to stick your head out of the cab and experience the magic unfolding before your eyes.
- You’ll never be hungry to starve
Mumbai is the culmination of kaho- gallis, with the tastiest and most classic street treats like pav bhaji, famous dosawallas, and the typical Bombay sandwich from the sandwich walla and other treats that deliver finger licking taste. We’re sure you will be ‘stomach-full’ and happy in less than INR 100- 150 along with your appetite.
- You will soon enroll yourself for a crash course in cultural studies
With Mumbai’s enthusiastic communities, you will be soaked in the spirit of Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Eid, Gudi Padwa, and Christmas whether you want it or not. Inevitably, be prepared to match the excitement of the locals here during this ten-day-long Ganesh festival.
- Work hard, party harder in Mumbai
No matter how vast your syllabus is and how close your exams are approaching, you will always have or make time to party in Mumbai. The city doesn’t leave you with boredom with the amazing nightlife in clubs like Tryst, Royalty, Blue Frog, Alibi & Irish House. Safety is assured as the city ‘never sleeps’.
- Eat that Indian Burger to understand democracy
When you’re here to chase your dreams remember there’s always a sumptuous- scrumptious vada pavs and missal pavs at hand. It’s quick and cheap, and it is a threat to those American Burgers or pizzas. No matter where you belong, remember; swag is for boys, class is for men and vada pav is sure heaven :D. So you can savour the flavours of this dish at just INR 20.
- Ditch the Uber/ Ola for a colourful Kaali-Peeli
Mumbai’s kaali-peeli taxi is a reflection of taxiwalla’s struggles, aspirations, joys; the disco lights, the velvet seats, mini fans, animal- print tapestry and a team of deities perched on the dashboard. Where would you find such luxury in an Uber/ Ola?!?!
- Learn the art of time and traffic
Traffic jams eat up a lot of your time and patience. Even if you are stuck for an hour or two in traffic, you will never be late. The simple reason is you get adapted to the timings and you will tend to schedule your time in such a way that you will never really be late even if you’re stuck.
Mumbai is a crowded city but it’s overcrowded with emotions. We have fallen in love with the melting pot of this city and so will you. The only city that will constantly amaze you. Well, if we don’t end it here, the list will go on.