When I heard about Tata Motors’ campaign to write about my favorite city, I had either Delhi or Mumbai to choose from. Being from a city near Delhi, it would have been an obvious choice for me. However, from a holistic perspective, there was a tough competition from Mumbai – a city where so many land daily to fulfill their dreams. A city where I also went a few times to further my career; albeit, not to settle down.
After much thought, i zeroed-in on Mumbai and my reasons to chose it over Delhi would be best explained by classifying them into Drive, Design and Connect categories! Overall, I would classify my sojourns to this city as pleasing for the following reasons:
1. Drive – Apart from being the Bollywood capital of India, Mumbai is also a Financial hub. If you want to rise quickly in your career, you need to be at a place where you have plenty of opportunities. And, Mumbai does just that! With so many options in any of the areas one can think of, it scores highly for me.
Coming from an Engineering and Management background, with interests in Financial Consulting, I feel the tough competition in the corporate sector in Mumbai would bring out the best in you. The collective drive to move up the corporate ladder would help one achieve his/her ambitions quickly. After all, there is a reason to the mad rush there, which one won’t find easily in Delhi. Add to it the fact that many corporates have their Indian Headquarters in Mumbai, which only sweetens the deal.
2. Design – Mumbai blends-in Gothic, Victorian, Art Deco, Indo-Saracenic and contemporary architectural styles. Most of these come from 18th and early 19th centuries, referred to as the colonial era, when India was under the British rule. Mumbai, after Miami, has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world!
Mumbai is a big tourist attraction in India, for its world-class structures, some of which include the Gateway of India, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mahalakshmi Temple, Jahangir Art Gallery, Crawford Market, Bombay Stock Exchange and many others. I have been to a few of them myself and absolutely loved them.
3. Connect – Mumbai is thoroughly connected together by its public transport, primarily comprising of Trains and Buses. In fact, Mumbai has the largest organized bus transport network among major Indian cities and 88% of its commuters use public transport. This is the reason why trains look over-loaded at times. Also, Mumbai’s suburban railway is the oldest in Asia, founded in 1867.
In order to lessen the burden on traditional means of commute, and also to keep up with the population overload, Metro became operational in June 2014 and the ridership was estimated at 8 Million at its inception.
Having said all this, I feel Mumbai’s architecture needs to keep up with the ever growing demand for housing, recreation and public transportation. I hope whosoever goes there, enjoys life too!
Here’s a little souvenir from one of my trips