In this article, I'd like to bring our Mumbai to you folks. Probably, in a way I have seen it in past 15 years.
My intention is to make you familiar with my city and show what it is known for. But before that I think you should know little bit about me.
I am a born and brought up of Mumbai. For the first 15 years, I was busy growing up, learning, schooling and playing. Mostly under the guidance of my elders. This period was spent under a protective layer with few instances of exploring things on my own. Going to school from 07th Std was common ritual among things I did alone. In fact, it was the only practice. I use to take a walk and the places I came across were gardens, bus stands, fish market, hospitals etc etc. Some times, took lift from folks riding the bullock carts carrying kerosene. This would be my first experience as a short distance traveler.
After 15 years, my college happened and the real exploration began. Most common was going to college, alone.
Hahahahaha !!! Please bear, this my kind of comedy.
Comparing with school, I was traveling extra 9 kms to college and that too in our cities so called Lifeline - Mumbai Locals.
This gave impetus to my bunking sessions. I had lots of excuses to throw at my mother and she would believe it. She was just happy that her son was going to college. I skipped lectures like no one. I had already earned Masters degree in the field of bunking. My professors knew me by my name without seeing me, my class mates knew me and I didn't know anyone. Such was my fame.
Though today, I completely do not agree with skipping lectures. I do strongly believe that there needs to be some limit in whatever we do. No one told me that ten fifteen years ago. I am telling you. You can thank me later for this.
But, I am happy that I have memories and get nostalgic when I pass by those lanes. But sadly, they don't make me earn (missing winking emoticon)
I did bunk college but I went to places around the city. I am happy that I did this activity. It is from here, I have got this habit of exploring. And I am thankful to myself to some extent. I should've managed my studies as well with this activity. I could have learnt managing myself well. No complains, I think every one learn their lesson in their own unique way.
Better Late than Never - I have learnt to manage things and I am still learning many aspects on the way.
Traveling has taught me more. More than my textbooks. Exploring brought me closer to places which I saw in my textbooks. I memorized my lessons from the textbooks. From traveling, I never felt the need to memorize. My eyes started to capture those surrounding, so explaining them turned way too easy for me. In return, it improved my language. In Mumbai (anywhere) - काम नहीं आएगा चलेगा, ज़बान साफ़ होना चाहिए ! It doesn't matter if you don't know your work, but you should be clean in your thoughts and talks.
It taught me more about taking care of my belongings. Breaking Stereotypes. The silence satisfaction of coming home. I am sure, you must have experienced this feeling, if you travel.
Okay. I think, I have bored you enough. So without further adieu - I'd like to share some places that you should visit when you're in Mumbai.