I have been gone for a trip to Mumbai for vacation this time..and its what my experience from it..
I have a friend there, working in some software company..working is just what most Mumbaikars are, and it was what I saw there.
Mumbai is divided in many parts..New Mumbai, the suburbs...true there are a lot of big buildings, mall as I had expected but most of it region are like general cities..there is a gap of the common men and the elites...but there are places where this difference doesn't seems to matter!!..Mumbai is really a mixture of all the societies , from different class, from different region and that's what it stands for..the diversity!!...I could see the gujrati, marwari, bihari, south indian..punjabis, lot of foreigners..and it was so common that I didn't got surprised.
So, where was I....my journey ...I prefered the Train journey and it was tiring too. but I loved as the new places come and goes...Stations and Vendors. Reached there in early morning...my friend was waiting there for me..at the station Dadar. we took a local Train to our station Goregaon...Its what so Good about the Transport system..you will get any medium, train, auto, taxi...to anywhere you want..and the cheap alternative was local trains...you have to purchase coupons as a ticket. As I said, we went to our station and then to my friends house through an auto, It was in the suburbs..very much like my place. It was Sunday morning and I didn't have sleep..We met his roommates, all his seniors and had some chat.
My friend and I decided to have a little journey to Gateway to India, after spending some time there we went to Nariman point...we had some time to rest and watch the beauties and the places around...from there we went to visit the Bandra - Worli sea link. Then watched some of the Bollywood star's house..a lot of crowd standing there...even the Auto driver was telling, why the people are mad at watching the star's house even if they know that No was there then...he he
We went to visit the famous Juhu beach, rested there, had Pao bhaji and Kala khatta..its speciality and then some time walking barefoot on the wet sand..then we had our dinner and back to room. Next day was my friend Rupak's office, so I had to wait at home..in evening we went to visit Oberai mall and had some shopping there..had some fun in game centre and ate doughnuts..
as Monday wasn't much fun, Rupak decided to take 2 day break and we planned to see the Elephanta caves and some shopping for my family. Next day, as we decided..we went to Gateway of India...took a ferry and went to visit the Elephanta caves..1hr route to an islands...It was 7.00 pm when we returned...we straight head for the shopping for family. It was 11.00pm when we returned in the room...My return ticket was of next day 21.00pm night so, had a whole day for us. We went to SidhiVinayak for there blessings...we spent some time there returned to the Malls..watched one 3D movie and played some games. Had our lunch there and returned to the room.
It was time for my packing, had my dinner, said goodbye to his roommates..and head straight to the stations...Rupak came with me as I didn't know the new station..Lokmanyatilak terminal..after we reached the station..I asked him to return as was getting late..11.30pm and he had to go to office too, and I went to my berth..had my bag place and watched out of the window.
Good bye Mumbai, I thought...surely I know why people want to come to Mumbai...the place had everything the people want yet a lot was happening beneath the veil of this glamorous world, something only be known if you live their. Its just like ordinary life..anywhere in our country..but what it does have is its own charm. I had memories now..of the crowded local trains..the sea and the buildings..the people, the malls, everyone busy in there own world. Good, I was just a visitor there....who knows what lies else there..the thing I didn't discovered in my 4 day stay!!