'If you had to leave forever the city from which you usually post, what would you miss most?' is the February City Daily Photo Monthly Theme.
I would say - The Arabian Sea in Mumbai, whether it is at Bandra Bandstand, Carter Road, Juhu Beach, Gateway of India, Versova Beach or Worli seaface.
As I am born and brought up in Mumbai and lived here forever, I can't imagine living elsewhere. But if I had to leave Mumbai, I'd miss the sea, the seashore, the cool sea breeze brushing my hair, and the soft sound of the waves to calm down my nerves.
And I'd miss the hustle and bustle of the city, the cultural diversity, the Juhu beach, living in the same city as Bollywood stars, the Mumbai dabbawallahs, the usually very helpful autowallahs, the local train that takes me anywhere in the city, the Mumbai rains, the awesome infrastructure and architecture, the yummy Vada Pav (like nowhere else), the best Pav Bhaji, the Panipuri , the KalaKhatta Gola, the Chai, yummy Puran Polis at Panshikar in Dadar, Ganesh Chaturthi festival, Mount Mary Fair, art and culture, shopping......
And so much more... I could go on...
And if I had to get all of these elsewhere, I'd still not want to leave Mumbai, for where could I get the undying spirit of Mumbai ?
Bindass and cool Mumbaikars.
The spirit of Mumbaikars, the people of Mumbai, who even after horrifying experiences of terrorism stood up much more stronger to live life with renewed strength and unity, who will love you and share their city with you and welcome you with open arms.
Mumbai is the city with spirit and passion for life and survival, like nowhere else in the world. It is the city of dreams and opportunities and one can make a life out of nothing here.
For believing it, you have to come, live here, and soon you'll melt into this big melting pot of various cultures and backgrounds, and become one of us - a Mumbaikar.
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