Niks is a travel bird, who has the ambition to explore the globe. He shares some of the offbeat travel destinations in India.
I have traveled to major metro cities across the globe and noticed that there are no other cities as high in spirit as the financial, commercial, and entertainment capital of India which is none other than "Mumbai." The city is so lively and happening that I always had a craze to give it a visit since my childhood.
I'm fond of trains and the world-famous network of railway lines in Mumbai made me more curious to visit this metropolitan city. I feel fortunate enough to visit Mumbai very frequently. Let me walk you through the three factors that succeed to keep the Spirit of Mumbai high.
1. High Spirit in Every Being
The most vital reason why the spirit of Mumbai is regarded as exemplary when it comes to unity and growth is its people.
Mumbai has faced severe bomb blast and terrorist attacks. In spite of such destruction, the ability of people to rise back and stay active is quite significant.
I remember that after a particular attack that shook the whole city, it's citizens gathered on the streets and formed a chain that clearly manifested the unity despite adversity in the hearts of people.
Mumbai is a cosmopolitan city. People of various castes, religions, and languages dwell here with harmony.
Along a popular street in Mumbai, the Muslim people were reading Namaz. As they saw the procession of the Ganesh festival, they freed half side of the road for the Hindus to pass by. Also, the Hindus stopped the loud music while passing by. This is the perfect example in which you can find good relations between different religions.
Such a kind of unity is a major contributor to lifting the spirit high. Without it, the city won't progress and will constantly stay stuck solving the casteism issues.
2. Power House of Employment
As mentioned above, Mumbai is the finance capital of India. So, it is pretty obvious that this city has many employment opportunities. People from all over India try their luck and leave there hometown to get settled in this dream city. Mumbai is the witness of success stories of many millionaires, entrepreneurs, film stars, sports personalities, and artists.
If someone is willing to struggle, adjust and survive the hardships, Mumbai is the ideal playground for such a person. In this land of opportunities, there are endless chances to grow professionally and financially.
Most of the popular artists and businessmen don't forget to mention the contribution of this city in their interviews. In short, the citizen of Mumbai is highly respected throughout India for his/her hard work, progress rate and his overall contribution to the development of the nation. The availability of employment uplifts the city's spirit.
A metro man dwelling in crowded places like Mumbai knows the virtue of adjustment since his childhood. I have seen the egos of the people coming from other parts of India melt as they start making a career in this city. Here, adjustment is the name of the game.
Here, you can't act like a king. Especially in the early days of struggling and making a name, you will have to give up your egoistic attitude or watch it crushed. You have to follow the rules. You simply can't make your own rules. It is because of this deep-rooted trait of adjustment, Mumbai has shown the world how to be highly proactive without giving any excuses.
Sacrifice without any compromise and adjustments without any excuses or complaints is the reason behind the drastic growth of this ever-growing metro.
The other side of the coin is often overlooked by the Mumbaikars and India. Below are the three aspects of the dark side of the Mumbai which are bitter to digest but needs to be resolved for a better Mumbai in the Future.
1. Contrast in Status
Apart from the sunny side of Mumbai, it's dark side brings me chills as I see the struggle of the poor people.
Twenty percent of Mumbai's population is below poverty line. Through the means of media and other sources, we know that many of India's richest personalities live in Mumbai. This gap between rich and poor is very frustrating.
Such a contrast between rich and poor can be vividly observed when you travel through some streets of Mumbai. One side of the road is filled with skyscrapers touching the clouds and the other side is packed with slum areas full of poverty and lack of hygiene. Due to such a contrast in the status of people, the face of the financial capital of India looks ugly.
2. Missing Records
People make records, they get rich, they find their true love, they make careers, etc. This is the sunny side of Mumbai deeply imprinted in the minds of the small-town folks who blame their hometown and are willing to shift to the metro.
But the dark side is that people are kicked out of jobs, people fall prey to superficial relationships, they get hit by poverty, they lack the space to talk with themselves or even they suffer living a life of regrets caused by the addiction to making money restlessly.
Mumbai holds positive records. But never utters a word about the people who had to leave this city and go back to hometown due to the violation of their expectations. There are no records of failed cases, or they are just hidden.
Whatever the reason may be, but there is this harsh aspect that Mumbai is not necessarily a journey of paradise experiences for every individual who ever stepped into its crowded alleys.
3. Worldly Pleasures
Most of the citizens in the big city are money centered and measure their success and happiness in terms of worldly benefits.
They treat simplicity as something inferior and are always in a rush to achieve more money. The employment opportunities in Mumbai are a boon for its citizens. But excessive surging to achieve more is an indirect form of slavery.
A common man in Mumbai wakes up at 6 a.m. and gets pushed by the crowd on the train by 8 a.m. After a long sweaty journey of nearly an hour, he reaches the office. Works like an ass for about 12 hours. Again gets thrust out of the train by the crowd and gets back home by 10 p.m.
Then, he eats and sleeps and repeats the same schedule for the whole weak.
Like a bird freed from the cage, he spends his Saturday hanging out with anxiety that he should not miss the fun. On Sunday, he takes rest and enjoys family time only to switch back to the slave's mode for the weekdays.
This is harassment. He sacrifices his inner purpose, he kills his inner voices only to fill up his pockets and empty them to gain the worldly pleasures. In the long run, this only will make him feel miserable.
Masses in Mumbai are too much into such a consumerist attitude and that is why the rich-poor gap, pollution, employee harassment, addiction to drugs, and much more toxic results are coming forth.
Mumbai has always been on the radar of criminals and terrorists. But the people show a fighting spirit and can withstand any sort of blows and rise up again. Just like the two sides of a coin, I always get mixed feelings whenever I give a visit to Mumbai. No matter what, Mumbai is and always will be in the heart of the 135 crore Indians.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Niks
Niks (author) from India on May 29, 2020:
Thanks, John. Glad to receive the comment from you.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 29, 2020:
I found this a very interesting expose of Mumbai. Thank you for introducing me to the city.
Niks (author) from India on April 30, 2020:
Thank you, Peggy, for commenting. You are true. The positive outweighs the negatives. Mumbai is an all-inclusive place and a land of opportunities.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2020:
Your descriptions of the positive and negative aspects of living in the city of Mumbai are straight forward. Every city of any size, described accurately, would have pros and cons. The hope is that the positives outweigh the negatives.
Niks (author) from India on April 22, 2020:
Thank you so much, Liz. Your comments always have something unique to say. Keep guiding. Indeed this metro city is worth visiting. It's crowded, lively, happening, and never sleeps. But, there are other aspects that I felt worth mentioning. All in all, Mumbai is always the center of attraction in India for its development and infrastructure.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 22, 2020:
You have given an interesting and balanced perspective on Mumbai.
Niks (author) from India on April 21, 2020:
Thanks a lot for your valuable comments. You all inspire me to write more. Planning to write more about travel destinations and lifestyles across the globe. keep motivating with your remarkable comments.
Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on April 21, 2020:
Mumbai is a beautiful city and India's one of the important metro cities. The charm of Mumbai cannot be ignored and is a dreamland of many aspiring actors.
You have mentioned the beautiful and dark sides of the city. Good to know both the sides before one plans to travel the city.
Nikhil Sharma from India on April 21, 2020:
Hello Nikhil, the way you have presented this article and poured out your honest experience and feelings about Mumbai is really scintillating!!
To be honest, this was one of the best description of Mumbai I've ever read. Thank you for writing such a lovely article. Although, I haven't visited this city yet, but hopefully I'll go here someday soon and experience the highs and lows by myself.
Neeli Phanendar on April 21, 2020:
A very candid disposition of your thoughts with no qualms whatsoever! Your article clearly demonstrates the free spirit in you. Your observational instinct and presenting in animated words and style, adds to the aesthetic value of your write-up. This was the first article of yours I read, and am impressed!
Great going! Be more frequent!!!
Wishing the best for you!!!!
Halemane Muralikrishna from South India on April 21, 2020:
You have shown the glorious and dull sides of Mumbai. Everything has a plus and minus in its making. Take a paper or a mirror or whatever has these. The outlooks are very much dependant on the onlookers positioning. So always put them in front and put them more and more and it will obviously glorious. Very nicely illustrated, Mr Nikhil.