I have found what every woman hopes to find. A good, clean parlour near her house, with a dedicated staff that remembers her by name and smile every time they see her, AND the services don’t cost the world
In Mumbai, I always yearned for one and never found it. There was always something or the other missing. And yes, I could never get an ‘appointment’! Always stuck with the over-crowded and over-priced ones, I kept searching for the ‘one’.
But here in Bangalore I have the Cut Above (unabashed plug). So here I get the girls to give me undivided attention and therefore I do too sometimes. I asked the girl who was doing my manicure the other day where she is from as she asked me where I was from. I am from Mumbai I said and she? Darjeeling!
Mumbai mein to bahut bada bada parlour hoga na madam? Yes, indeed. But I didn’t tell her that big is not always beautiful or personal. She said many of her relatives worked in Mumbai. I asked then why didn’t you go? … Bahut mehenga hai na madam... It seems her relatives didn’t exactly paint a very rosy picture of the city – and rightly so. She also added that it was too big. What a curious reason to not find a city inticing. But it’s simple isn’t it? It’s just so overwhelming. Too big to make it home, to expensive to run the home then and then she made the ultimate judgement – ganda bhi bahut hai na .. kyun madam? Itna bada bada film star rehta hai vahan pe, phir bhi aisa kyun?
Ok now, I swear I tried to defend the city, it’s overpopulated I said, and that’s about it. I had nothing more to add. Yes, I could have blamed the BMC and all (which I did often on my radio shows), but seeing Bangalore and how people can keep things clean – I wish Mumbaikars would try too. Even the roadside stall wala who makes dosas on the road, keeps his stall and surroundings clean here. The shops, juice bars, autowalas, parking lots.. ok.. no lesson in civic sense from me, I just hope we become a clean city one day, one person at a time.
But on a tangent, what if ‘one person at a time’ started realising that Mumbai is not exactly a city they want to go to? Yipee! I hear some people shouting, I always had friends that said ‘arre passport hona chahiye Bombay aane ka!’ (that’s thinking highly of ourselves). Others would say, good for the city, the less population we have the better! But I say, good for th people too. Why strangle yourself over more money, better cars on broken roads, bigger flats looking into other people’s flats?
Makes me think about my first blog post here on MumbaiMag… some days just take a minute more and sip your morning cup of tea with a little more love before rushing off to work. With all the stress we give ourselves, soon we might get diabetic and drink the tea minus the sugar… Uff! I can’t bear sugarless tea. Like I always say, enjoy it while it lasts
P.S: Thank you Meenu, for the great manicure by the way, and something more than pretty nails to take home!
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