Mumbai Oh! This city has it all. Mumbai makes space for everyone and welcomes you with a warm heart. Mumbai: The local trains, the humid heat, the uninvited rains, the rush and the people. Order, in a chaotic environment, is what this city provides us with! And the influence it bestows us with? Life lessons every millennial just cannot part with. We’ve learnt so much from this city, unknowingly! The life lessons can go on and on, but which are the 16 best ones? The ones this list holds! We too have experienced it and we too have learned a lot.
1. It’s okay to dream big
The first lesson from Mumbai: Dream! The city’s high and lavish social life encourages us to dream big. Follow your heart! But this city also has a dark side to it! The mafia, the slums, the rackets, all these are a reminder to keep your feet grounded
2. We will never die hungry
Mumbai has it all: McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Dominos, and the list is never ended. Food trucks are in fashion and there are quite a lot of eateries around. But! It’s street food. It’s cheap, it fills your stomach and it is always served hot! Vada Pav to pulav, this city will never let us stay empty stomach!
3. Rock the fashion scene, budget-friendly!
Celebrities with expensive suits and dresses: Oh they look hot! Fashion Street, Hill Road, Colaba Causeway, Linking Road, Chor Bazaar are the ultimate shopper’s paradise. You can always upgrade your wardrobe in a budget-friendly way!
4. Teaches us to fight back!
Be it the horrifying 1993 serial blasts, the 2008 attacks or the 2011 bombings, the terrible 2005 floods or the mafia, Mumbai knows how to stand and emerge as a winner after every battle. The fighting spirit and the confidence the city shows in the face of an unpleasant situation is something we millennials can learn from!
5. Sets your mood
Down with life? Fight with bae? Jobless? A walk down Marine Drive as you feel the cool breeze brushing your hair or your favorite chaat at Juhu Chowpatti lifts your spirit in the perfect way! And if none of these work, then there’s just one solution: Cutting chai!
6. The city always appreciates your creativity
Cinema, dance, literature, music, street theatre, visual art, photography, painting, writing and on and on, there’s always space for creativity! Whatever your hobby is, Mumbai can turn it into a profession!
Anything and everything you need to know, a rickshawala will help you just right! Newspapers are nothing when it comes to the number of information rickshawalas have! And the most important thing millennials can learn from them? Be street-smart!
8. The word ‘impossible’ does not exist
Yes! For us, the word ‘impossible’ does not exist. And the proof? The Bandra-Worli Sea Link! This marvelous concrete beauty is proof that we Mumbaikars can do wonders!
9. Good things happen when you least expect them
We have the worst summers and then suddenly it starts raining! And it’s a sight to behold. This is proof that no matter what the situation you are in, something good is coming your way!
10. Diversity can coexist
In terms of people, architecture, and ideology, Mumbai holds no resistance towards differences! This city always welcomes new cultures and mindsets.
11. There’s never a dull moment
Mumbai: a city that never sleeps! There’s always something to do, whether it’s poetry slams or music performances. It will always leave you dazzled!
12. The lights
The city is always lit up and it’s beautiful. The display of lights at Marine Drive is enough to stun anybody! “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the lights” Albus Dumbledore. Oh Headmaster, a perfect description of our city.
13. The traffic teaches patience
The Mumbai traffic is a nightmare. But you come to accept that no matter how many hurdles are in your way, just be patient and it will take you where you need to be!
14. Home sweet home
Coming from anywhere else, Mumbai can be overwhelming in terms of population. But you’ll always find a smile on people and that will make you feel at home!
15. Small spaces don’t suffocate your dreams
When you see people around you achieving what t they set out to, it inspires you to do the same. No matter how small or big your dreams are, there’s always space here!
16. Prepares you for anything and everything
The city leaves no stone unturned when it comes to varied experiences. From the Mumbai local to the crowded markets, this city trains us to deal with the worse! Any obstacle, our city has trained us to deal with it all!