Wednesday, 27 June 2012

What I Hate About Mumbai

I had earlier done a post on the 10 things I love about Mumbai. But honestly speaking there are certain other things that I hate about this city. Basically its a love-hate relationship of some kind. Come to think of it, Mumbai is one of the metropolitan cities in the country. So is this what urban India has to offer?

1. First and foremost, travelling can be a nightmare in the city. I hate the unbearable crowd, particularly in the local trains during the peak hours. Not to forget that some co-passengers can be very rude and mean. The traffic-stricken roads don't help either.

2. And if at all you travel by the train in the morning, don't even dare to look out of the window. I keep wondering why anyone does not do anything about it. Mumbai needs more public toilets!

3. Every year it rains and the city floods up. Lives are lost. Roads tear apart.

4. Good and decent looking roads are dug up in the name of a skywalk, a flyover or a metro project. More traffic jams.

5. People litter and spit here, there and everywhere, without a second thought.

6. The ugly looking, badly Photoshop-ed hoardings of political leaders.

7. The noise and the pollution, lack of clean running water.

8. All festivals here are a noisy affair. The crackers, the drumbeats, the blaring music. Even on a religious occasion, the music is that of a  "Chikni Chameli" or a "Sheila ki Jawani". For God's sake, they are sleazy item numbers! Where in this, is the devotion?

9. Accidents happen, murders take place in broad daylight. Mostly people refuse to help.

10. Fights break out at every nook and corner and the language used is foul and extremely unpleasant.

And the list can go on and on. Sad state of affairs.

An efficient government, responsible citizens and some combined effort is all we need to make Mumbai a "better home".




20 comments:

  1. Hmm! Indeed. But all Indian Metros bear the same fate! Lack of options to make a good living elsewhere force people with false dreams to crowd the Metro cities! And as a result you get a horribly disbalanced lifestyle! If the rural life is taken care, obviously the urban life will also improve. :( Sadly nobody seems to care!

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  2. Oh, yeah, traffic, travel in locals is a nightmare. Having lived in Mumbai for 8 years, have experienced all this! Its terrible during the rains!!
    LOL @ 'badly Photoshop-ed hoardings of political leaders'... so true!! :D

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    1. Yes things get worse during the rains, thanks for your comment :)

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  3. with all its drawbacks..i luv mumbai i luv mumbai i luv mumbai

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  4. Come to Kolkata and you will feel at home, same problem :)

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    1. have lived in Kolkata, (it was Calcutta then) for 6 years, but I was a kid then...may be such issues are a common feature of the Indian metros...:)

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  5. I agree. Traveling in Mumbai is a nightmare. But points 9 and 10, those surprise me.

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    1. Just recently there was an incident where 2 jewelers were murdered in broad day light.

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  6. Never lived in the city. Been there only a couple of times. Thanks for the list.

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  7. lived in Pune for 3 years so luckily never faced the local train issues.. but ya, those horribly idiotic hoardings by politicians ( even for small childrens birthdays ) and the chameli music for religious festivals was really nuts... it was also the first place in my life where I was asked a question I hadnt felt was relevant till then - what is your caste ? And is it a high caste or low caste ? :s

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  8. Story of every city -- some good things and some bad too. But we love our city, with all its warts, don't we?

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  9. I really don't like mumbai at all... the place depresses me...
    You have a lovely blog, btw :)

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    1. oh does it?... in spite of the flaws I seem to have developed a certain kind of bond with the city.

      Thanks for going through my blog...:)

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  10. Being from Kolkata and living currently in Mumbai, one thing I can confidently say, Mumbai is deteriorating and Kolkata is improving. You can feel the air of improvement once you visit Kolkata. I plan to shift to Kolkata soon.

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