"City of life" Mumbai by shobhanaj

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Bombay (or Mumbai as it is known) is a city that you either hate or love. I fall in the latter category. I was born here and have spent most of my life in this city apart from a brief three and a half years in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

It is a city of stark contrasts. While you see poverty everywhere, you also see affluence. There are those who make it and those who spend a lifetime trying to make it. To a large part of India, coming to Bombay is like going to New York. This is where dreams come true. This is where you give all you've got and it makes a success story out of you.

My husband had no attachment to Bombay till we moved here in December 2003. But now, the Bombay blood runs in his veins. The buzz, the never-will-die and anything is possible attitude didn't take long to convert him and he loves the city as much as I do.

Sadly, many travelers use Bombay as a transit point. While the Lonely Planet does justice to South Bombay, there is a lot more to this city than just Colaba and Fort. There are many caves in the suburbs (in need of urgent repair) that date back a few hundred years. One needs to step into the suburb Bandra and see the many churches with various influences on its architecture. Of course these days Bandra has become synonymous with restaurants and is "the" place to be.

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  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Nice photos here but Bombay's culinary delights are much more than the some up market hip joints.I grew up in this wonderful city.

  • husain's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2007 at 11:09 PM

    nice page. wanted to ask- whats that building behind flora fountain in your picture? i have some pics of it, but not sure what it is.

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2006 at 3:27 AM

    Hi! Thank you very much for sharing your lovely tips with us. I enjoyed your insights & personal experiences. I only had a stop-over in Mumbai once & visited 1 hotel for dinner, but hope to explore this city properly one day! Greetings from Dubai :-) Jess

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2005 at 11:52 PM

    Nice tips...has it stopped raining yet?

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2005 at 12:28 AM

    v. impressed by the quality of your reast. tips a cut above the norm

  • Pavlik_NL's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2005 at 10:40 AM

    According to your tips, you like to go out for dinner (-: Mumbai your hometown seems very inviting. Please, tell us more. Paul

  • pollon's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2005 at 11:22 AM

    I liked your Mumbai A LOT or at least what I succeed in seeing in 3 days and half and I do perfectly agree on your opening comment on this beautiful town!!!

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2004 at 9:38 AM

    Welcome back to Mumbai!!! Hope you are having a good time here and enjoying all that it has to offer!!!

  • adite's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2004 at 8:18 PM

    Hi Shobhana...nice page on Mumbai...you seem to be enjoying rediscovering Bombay. hope to see more of your writeups and pix.

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