Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Bombay dreams

A very close friend (who has left Bombay for greener pastures) asked me why do I paint such a pretty picture of Bombay. I never realised I did that.

I went back to reading my old posts and nothing seemed like it had been fixed for Bombay, nothing unreal.

Firstly there isn't much written about this city I live in. A few references in a few posts. And then I realised it's probably what has come through. A love for this city where dreams are made, where the stars shine the brightest. A city where the traffic never stops, a city that never sleeps.

Nothing unreal.

It's the way we live. It's the way we think. It's the way we feel. Honest.

37 Comments:

Blogger Atul Sabnis said...

I am with you - all the way! I couldn't have said it better! Thank you.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Abhishek said...

Mumbai is really a city of dreams...specially for me...who has someone special there.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Arundhati said...

Still finding it hard to believe you :p...I am the Puneite through and through you see.

4:02 AM  
Blogger AmitL said...

Hi,Anumita, you don't really focus on Mumbai,but,then,I know,for Mumbaiites,it's a city which is as much a part of them,as anything else near and dear.So,it's good to be writing about it.:)

8:58 AM  
Blogger Geo said...

I am not a Mumbaiite... But let me just say, its one city that has a magical charm. Something holds you close to the heart of the city.
Even when you walk through a Bombay street for the very first time, you feel a certain nostalgia for a land which you havnt actually seen before.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Swathi said...

u disappoint me dear, while I'm eagerly waiting(read with biting nails)
to know the outcome of those rediff mails u rant 'bout ur b'bay :))

i can really feel the love u have for b'bay and for me make it Hyderabad.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Rat said...

You certainly paint a pretty picture of Mumbai !!!

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Kahini said...

Yeah baby!

2:45 PM  
Anonymous sherriff said...

everyone admire the city they live in...delhite will do for Delhi, kolkattan will do for kolkatta etc....things i like most about Mumbai are 1) Hard working culture...no excuses when it comes to work...if u have it in u, u will make it oneday 2) City never sleeps...it goes on 24 x 7 3) compared to other Indian cities very safe for ladies 4) sense of honesty among the common mumbaite...just compare the autowallahs in Mumbai and other city and u will know what i am speaking about...BTW is it Bombay or Mumbai...lol

3:12 PM  
Blogger transience said...

home is where the heart is, that's what i always say.

3:37 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

atul: Gee! Thanks.

abhishek: Someone special will be happy to hear that :)

arundhati: Believe what? I like Pune too.

amitl: I know Amit, I dont focus on bombay at all. But I can never feel bad about living here.

geo: Bang on geo! After living here for half my life, it is but natural to think of the city as my own, with all the magic it holds.

swathi: The pattern is that the forwards from father-daughter comes in only on weekends. Must be a prankster who doesn't have a life on weekends. Am losing my fear now but I dont open the rediff mailbox at night.

rat: It's way it is, honey. Come over and I ll show you the place in all its glory :)

kahini: I knew I could always count on you.

sheriff: You are right on all four aspects. Somehow, it'll always be bombay for me.

transience: I suspect I may have made the transition from home where my parents are, to home where I have settled today.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Sujit said...

Heard a lot of bombay... the city never sleeps and the city always on the move..

7:38 PM  
Blogger n.g. said...

its that buzz. you can feel it when the plane lands and you walk out the arrival lounge into th open. its the buzz, you can feel it and you can't deny it. kuala lumpur has that buzz too, but nowhere near as intense as bombay. bombay rocks.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Under the Spell said...

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1:52 AM  
Blogger Under the Spell said...

It's the way we live. It's the way we think. It's the way we feel. - Well Said!! it's what Bombay makes out of you. It's a culture and tradition of it's own that's ingrained in you.

I've been away from Mumbai for a while, but as they say 'they can take you out of mumbai, but can't take mumbai out of you'...miss my beloved city!

Come to think of it, that's why i enjoy your blog so much, there's a certain subtle Mumbainess(??) about it that keeps me close to home!

2:01 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

So much said in so little. Well done Anumita.

4:06 AM  
Blogger Nupur said...

Never been to b'bay.
:) but nicely done Anumita.

9:35 AM  
Blogger AmitKen said...

i love the spirit of bombay.. but i quiet hate the filth and crowd that it's full of...

11:45 AM  
Blogger Lexie said...

You have pretty cool blog here. What's up with these weird posts?

Anyway, I like your blog and will proably be back.

Take care.

Lexie

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4:21 PM  
Anonymous Ashish said...

yeah so true!
Its been only 4 years and I live on campus and rarely venture out in the city! Still I feel so strongly bonded - the city is not just a magnet, it makes you feel iron too =))

Now that the city has given me my better half, I am bound to Mumbai for eternity! Truly a city of dreams :-)

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Melody said...

Heya Anumita,

Know exactly how you feel - am a "pakka Mumbaikar" myself ;) Don't know what it is about this city - even though there are lots of things I don't like, I don't think I like any place better :)

M

PS: Have linked your blog to mine & will def be back!

8:08 PM  
Blogger Atul Sabnis said...

Hey - i know you dont like tags and tasks - how abt a post of all the 21 comments that you have recd? an exercise in creative writing (i know you can do that!)

;-)

4:57 AM  
Blogger Rash said...

have been out of bombay for a while now but I'd still paint a pretty pic

11:43 AM  
Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

have been reading your blogs for quite a while now.. i don't think you give any undue attention to Bombay...

1:51 PM  
Blogger Aditi said...

hi have been reading ur blog for a long time....
i really like ur sense of humour

7:53 PM  
Blogger WA said...

You don't do that at all, you defintely don't give any undue attn

11:21 PM  
Blogger Raccoon said...

:-)yes you do...:-))))))))))))
but then everyone does...its a great place to be in...its vibrant, its pulsating...why not??:-)

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Author by the brook said...

i guess it happens when you live in a place for such a long time and if the city gives you just what you want..

Jil

11:56 AM  
Blogger Kapil said...

A very busy husband, late night adventures, ghost stories and lots of blogging time.

A dream only from Bombay!

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Parmanu said...

And may one add "The way we write" ?!

9:08 PM  
Blogger hope and love said...

ya.. mumbai is special..

10:03 PM  
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3:29 AM  
Blogger jisan said...

Amchi mumbai gr8 Aahe!

Believe me, there is no city which is as cool as bombay.I m saying so because Im far away from that city and now realising that what bbay offered me.

The ppl of bbay are its assets and u cant find ppl so helpful newhere in the world.

Miss ya bombay.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Pradeep said...

Am not a Mumbaiite, but the brief stint in Mumbai (it was still Bombay in those days) had me glued to the city. I've had a similar fascination for New York City and Los Angeles. In spite of the maddening rush, impossible traffic, crime problems theres something that kind of draws you to these cities. Perhaps its the people.

10:58 PM  
Blogger anumita said...

sujit: Welcome and you are absolutely right.

nish: You said it! Bombay rocks!

under the spell: Thank you for saying you enjoy my blog. But does it really keep you close to home?

gratis: Thank you, gabby.

nupur: You come. You might just like it as much as Melbourne.

amitken: I know but can we have one without the other?

ashish: Aah! A very good reason for you to love bbay!

melody: Welcome. You said it right. Thank you for visiting.

atul: I barely manage to reply to the comments! A post on them would drive me crazy!

rash: Sometimes I wonder how I would feel living out of this city...

chakra, wicked angel: I know I dont. But my dear friend thought otherwise.

aditi: Welcome and thank you very much.

pranav: You think so? Then the reason lies in the last sentence of the post :)

jil: I guess you are right. But I have never professed to love the city (in my blog). I will never hate it also.

kapil: You are right. Especially the whole night work bit!

parmanu: The way we write what?

hope and love: It is, it is.

jisan: Welcome. I have heard a lot of people say that about the junta here. I know if I ever go away from here, I will miss this place badly.

g: In spite of everything it still encourages you to stand proudly on your feet. Kudos to that!

1:45 AM  
Blogger Weary Hag said...

Your friend should take a look at your comments. I see nothing wrong with "painting" home as anything but warm, inviting and rich beyond money. You do a wonderful job in your writings and each post is greatly appreciated.

5:24 PM  
Blogger gulnaz said...

i love the way you write about bby, a wonderful city!!

12:43 AM  

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