I have lived in Mumbai all my life, and now, only a few months back have I shifted cities and come to Bengaluru with my new-new husband.This weekend – both of us went to Coorg and enjoyed a home-stay with a very interesting couple in the middle of their coffee estate. Diana, the wife, told me that many mumbaikars come to Coorg and have stayed with them. She then moved on to ask me a question that everyone does, how does it feel to have shifted from Mumbai? How do you like Bangalore? The rant I went into after that surprised me too. Some observations were those that I didn’t know I had about the city.
To begin with, the pace of Mumbai hits you only after you have moved out of the maddening crowd, trains, buses, taxis, cars and autos and placed yourself away from it. You keep running and because everyone around you is doing the same thing, you don’t really notice or care. Here in Bangalore, I feel the welcome break in speed. Another thing I keep saying about Mumbai is that we are ‘surviving’ in the city, not living. The space, the speed, the weather, the pollution, the roads, the population – we survive inspite of it all.
And then to top it all, Darwin’s rule applies here more than anywhere else. Survival of the fittest. So you should be able to run, cross hurdles, catch on to the smallest support and hang on for life if you plan to travel by trains or buses. If by car, then knowing every pothole, some swear words and lots of patience – might, and I say might, be able to get you to your destination without an injury or two. And with this Survival of the Fittest theory being practiced by each and every individual, you will notice people becoming sharper, naturally shrewd, smarter and faster over years automatically. Do not ask Alice why she is no more innocent in this Wonderland. But still, the world is moving to this city.
Everyone says its bursting at its seams…but no one’s interested in moving out. What are they waiting for? To be chewed and spat out by it? Sometimes I feel the truth is that people stay back and grind themselves day in-day out because they do not get time to think in Mumbai. Mumbai does not afford you the time or space to sit back and think about what you are doing and why? It’s just so much easier to just keep running because what it does give you – is a new finish-line everyday. Borivali to Andheri, Andheri to Bandra and if the city permits – you might just get to Nariman Point. Someday. Till then, an office there and traveling to it – is exciting enough, nahi? A new adventure, a new fight with an autowala and a new route to cut the traffic awaits you everyday.
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