Bandra or Borivali: What’s in a name?

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The 'Real" Mumbai City Map
The 'Real" Mumbai City Map
The ‘Real” Mumbai City Map

So I was at one of the posh-est areas in Bangalore yesterday, and I took a good half an hour walk around in the streets randomly. Looking at the beautiful bunglows and small pretty streets, I was remembering the quaint little streets behind Colaba Causeway and the Taj, with trees around and a certain silence which can be experienced only in certain areas of South Mumbai. (may be a few streets in Bandra too)

But it made me think of something else as well. I crossed a residential building project’s hoarding there which said, ‘We might be accused of discrimination, and we plead guilty.. only for the upper crust’.. how your economic status determines where you live is beyond me. Bandra has a rate going that is unheard of and people are working their butts off to get a house there. Do not say that it is only because Bandra is in the middle of town, easy accessibilty etc etc. The price you pay is just for the ‘pride’ you get when you have to tell someone where you live. ‘Oh, I stay at Bandra’ … and so you belong to the ‘upper crust’ automatically. Oh, do not even get me started on the townies.

Now, there is nothing wrong in it I guess, but it’s so silly. I wonder how all this began though. Right now, the math is simple – the cost of your house is indirectly proportionate to the distance from your home to office. And if Time is X and Money is Y … then X= Y! It’s one equation that I always found fascinating in Mumbai.

But by that logic, where does Juhu or Lokhandwala get its rates from? Staying close to the sea? Or Filmstars? As I walked around in this beautiful area in Bangalore, I was wondering – will living here, in this ‘area’ make me happy? Or will it just up my market value? Does my value have any proportionate relation to the value of the area I live in? Or is it one of the most random ways of ‘feeling’ rich. If I am happy, it should not matter where I live. Yes, the everyday travelling can kill me and that should be the only reason to look for an alternative area, or an area where I can find a park to go for a stroll in, or a pavement to walk on the road, or a not-so-noisy road to stare at from the window. Hmmm…all this too – would take some Y honey… it will take some money indeed!

Sometimes I feel Mumbai is like a huge marketplace. Everything costs in the city – ego, fun, struggle, even silence and peace.

P.S. Read with Alanis Morsette’s song in the background:
I am broke but I am happy, I am poor but I am kind, I am short but I am healthy, I am lost but I am hopeful and what it all comes down to – is that everything’s gonna be alright, cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket and the other one’s givin’ a hi-five!

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Born in Delhi, brought up in Mumbai, ex-radio presenter, recently married, new to Bangalore, procrastinator, wanna-be bitch, can kill kids who ruin her afternoon naps with cricket screams.

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Divya Sharda
Born in Delhi, brought up in Mumbai, ex-radio presenter, recently married, new to Bangalore, procrastinator, wanna-be bitch, can kill kids who ruin her afternoon naps with cricket screams.