SpIRIT OF muMbAI
Shilpa Hassani | 18 May 2007
THIS ARICLE JUST SHOWS THE SPIRIT OF MUMBAI AND EVEN THE TWO DIFFERENT COLOURS OF MUMBAIKARS
The city of dreams, Mumbai always showed the courage to stand by all the difficult times. Be it heavy rains or bomb blasts, nothing could diminish the high spirit of the city. In fact it retaliated by moving ahead with more enthusiasm.
While walking down the streets of Mumbai during evening hours, I see people rushing back home. It seems that they don’t have time for anything else. Work has taken them away from each and everything.
I kept on thinking that how fast the life of Mumbai is? At times you feel that Mumbai is a city where people are heartless with business-minded attitude. It might be true to some extent, but not completely. When I recollect the scene of Mumbai on July 26, I am taken aback by the strength and courage of Mumbai. How the Mumbaikars helped each other was incredible. Life in Mumbai came to a standstill due to heavy rains. But I think Mumbaikars know the art of facing difficulties with a smile on their faces. They assisted each other in every possible way. There were many who distributed food and mineral water to the passersby at most of the street junctions. Is this not proof enough to show that how caring residents of this huge polis really are? It is just the challenge of living in a fast paced city that takes its toll and they come across as self-centered people.
Mumbai is a commercial city...a city of dreams. This never stopping city had shown its true professionalism long time back i.e. on 12th March 1993. The deadly serial bomb blasts had rocked the city and from the very next day the city returned back to action.
Time is very valuable here. It is not that we lack humanity but at the same time we have to look after some other equally important matters also. Daily traveling through Mumbai’s local trains is a great ordeal. One has to catch a particular local by hook or by crook. So one does not have the time to stand and look what is happening around. One has to meet deadlines. That’s why I call Mumbai’s life hectic but after sometime you stop complaining that because you also become a part of the city.
I think this is the only city in India, which gives daily bread and butter to almost every citizen.
Mumbaikars know the value of time! They work hard. They may come across as uncaring but in case of emergency they do not hesitate in lending a helping hand for ong as possible. I salute to the spirit of Mumbai.
Long live Mumbai!