Thursday, February 16, 2006

Bombay is Different

Gate Way of India


Siddhi Vinayak Mandir


Beautiful sunset. Picture taken from the Marine Drive.

Back after the Bombay trip. It was loads of fun and loads of masti in Bombay. Met friends from IIT and cousins.
Met Trupsster. She was amazing. :-) We both had so much fun together. Watched Zinda. What crap it was. About the movie later. Few things about Bombay.
  • Crowd- As soon as you land up at the airport you get the feeling like. Ooops where am I?? You find that suddenly the population of India has crossed 300 crores. You find people every where. Under the flyover, in small houses. Cant explain at what allplaces. There are people just everywhere.
  • Linkin road- There is this place in Bandra (I guess) where you can get all the girl's stuff, like bags, accessories, chains, etc etc. Trupsster bought a belt there. The shop keeper said Rs 200 and she said "I am going to give Rs 30 for it, take it or I am leaving" I was like "What??" I kept quie and she finaly got it for Rs 50 I guess. Ok, I havent seen anyone bargain like this. GOD!!! I would have given that guy Rs 150 minimum. And there was this shop keeper who kept on giving me vibes. "Sir aap gale ka chain le lo na. Sir aap kaan ki baali le lo na. Aap ko bahut suit karega, bahut aacha lagega aapko" Saala Kameena!!!
  • More Crowd - Dont even try getting in the train from 8 AM to 12 noon. And again from 7 PM to 11 PM in the night. Simple reason "YOU CANT GO IN" There is crowd everywhere.
  • Public showing of affection - You can find people hugging and kissing every where. Looks like I am back in London. :-) Aacha hai. No one bothers you, "Arre jawan dil hai, kiss karne ka dil kiya. Kiss kiya. Hug karne ka dil kiya, hug kiya" Now this can never happen in Madras. As my Prof would say, "It would be a cultural shock for the Madrasi"
  • Traffic jams - Because of bad roads and no one looks at signals.
  • Half roads - The Bombay Municipality is making the roads and the city looks like a great Civil Engineering Project which is going to become Shanghai in next 5 years.
  • No one cribs - There is hazaar tension on everyone's head to go back home or reach office or met someone. But not a single gali from anyone. No one cribs about anything. Loved this part of the Bombay.
  • Even more crowd - Was at Dadar station around 9 PM in the night, all I could see was just heads and heads and heads.
  • You can never get lost in that city - You can always find someone to help you out. I was waiting at Dadar station and then someone walks up to me, "Lower Parel??", I said "Nahi yeh Dadar hai!!!" (He was asking how can he go to Lower Parel and I told him this is Dadar station) He started laughing at me. I was not helping him but still he was not tensed at all. ok I tried helping him in as much possible way I can. Took him to a constable near me and he helped him out.
  • Banglore is not the fashion capital. South Bombay rocks. Beautiful roads. Beautiful girls. Awesome fashion. :-)
  • Shiv Sena doesnt even exist in the city anymore. I saw just one poster of Bal Thakrey in the whole of Bombay. Some place at Mulund station. Thank God he is gone. Bloody cheater.
  • Didn't find even a single guy pissing on the walls. Amazing for an Indian city na?? But true. Come to Madras. Every wall smells of piss.
  • The worst thing about Bombay is that my I Pod is worthless here. I had put on my I Pod and I was like "I am too cool". But in Bombay everyone puts on their radio and listens to FM music. Its too good in Bombay. Saala mera I Pod was useless. But I could listen to what I wanted to listen.
  • Gujjus Rule - What is the probabilty of any guy wearing white pants and red shirt, turning out to be a gujju?? 100%. You can distinctly point out a gujju in a crowd of 100 people in Bombay. The characterstics would be: gutka chewing, wearing printed blue colored shirt, with a toota foota Reliance phone, with a leather chappal, with gold ka chain in the neck and talking abt SENSEX. "Arre saab aapki toh fir aaj chandi ho gayi na?? Dekho maine toh pehle din hi bola tha khareed ke raakh, aaj aapko laakhon ka fayeda ho gaya na?? Toh for party kab hai?? ha ha ha (fake laughter)"

Bombay is not for me!!! Loved the stay there. It is very different. Hate the too too too much chaos loved everything else. :-)

Just look at the photo. Where am I supposed to go in the train from??

Chaos at Dadar Station at 9 PM in the evening

V..

28 comments:

Casablanca 10:04 AM, February 16, 2006  

OH! MY! GAWD!
This sounds so much like Hong Kong!
Last time I was in Bombay was almost 12 years back... think I need to revisit!

And the 'no one cribs' is exactly what I love about HK. People work hard. And play hard. Awesome!

trups 11:09 AM, February 16, 2006  

abeee we also watched RDB!!!
That too the same day u landed here!!! Bhool gaya?? Fun Republic... Caramel Popcorn... ;)


lemme read the whole post... will keep commenting... :)

trups 11:16 AM, February 16, 2006  

hehe that bag wala was soooo hitting on u!!! and come on, u were totally into him werent ya! ;)

he was like, "le lo na..." with a wink in his eyes... lolllllll
virdi to bombay mein chaa gayaaaaa!!

trups 11:28 AM, February 16, 2006  

abt traffic jams - areee bombay itna badaa shehar hai with so many ppl ki obv. traffic jams honge... its better than b'lore na?? :)

ya no one cribs in bombay re... its the best place to live... :) u shud have the spirit thats all

hmmm south bombay girls... wot abt south bombay boys? ;)

a jane,  12:12 PM, February 16, 2006  

interesting observations from a madrasi :P
and you watched RDB again?????? :O
{btw...i am going to watch it on friday}

The Freakshow,  3:13 PM, February 16, 2006  

Dude you totally made me nostalgic...what the hell!! :)
I am from Poona...but used to go to Bombay quite frequently. Things seemed to have changed a lot since the time I was last there.
Glad you enjoyed the trip.

shobs,  3:43 PM, February 16, 2006  

some points from my side
-well u didnt see much crowd i feel . should go to dadar at 9 am.
-u can travel in trains after 10 am and 9 pm. its not that bad.
- i disagree abt the traffic jams due to ppl not following the traffic rules.boss everyone follow traffic. in chennai all the f***ing ppl on two wheelers think they own the road!( dono abt u :P) no signal nothin and they cut ur way. u wont find that in mumbai. and u will find disciplined driving in south mumbai.
- wait for the bandra -worli sea link. it'll be done in some 5 yrs i think. its gonna be one hell of a road will almost 6 lanes(i think) on each side, built over the sea.
-mumbai is the best place to shop. u will find the best dressed and the worst dressed tryin to imitate the best dressed only in tht city.
-people in mumbai are always on the move. everyone is in a hurry to reach somewhere.
-thats one city that never sleeps.n also ppl get up late. no suprabhatam at 3.30 in the morning!( come on that when mumbai sleeps!)
- i am sure u still havent seen half of mumbai. come with me next time:P
-//Public showing of affection// mumbai is the only place where i have hugged almost everyone i know.
- gujjus! where dont u find them!
and finally congrats! this is my longest comment ever. u r honored;)

Rays Of Sun 6:59 PM, February 16, 2006  

OH MAN! Virdi senti kara deeya Oye:(
Woh train woh theatre and that sunshine!!
Say say Bombay rocks!!!
Yes it does
!!BIG TIME!

Pallavi 7:17 PM, February 16, 2006  

Virdeeeee,
U made me so nostalgic. Most of the things you described are so true and typical to aamchi Mumbai.

Rays Of Sun 7:33 PM, February 16, 2006  

Man! mere maan me bhi ek post tha!! U cant imagien I have read this post 10 times now!
Pleasant memories with every single thing listed!
And Popo returns with a BANG:)

Rays Of Sun 1:56 AM, February 17, 2006  

E dil hai mushkil hai jeena yahan, jara haske jara bachke yeh hai Bombay meree jaan!!

Rays Of Sun 2:44 AM, February 17, 2006  

Aur haan..me have to write up that Mumbai train wala post;)
WICKED SMILE!

chitra 3:42 AM, February 17, 2006  

Yup... that's Mumbai - the city that did had smiling faces in spite of those heavy rains!

J'Adore 3:59 AM, February 17, 2006  

Great Post :-D can't wait to hit the fashion capital of india some day soon!

J'Adore 4:00 AM, February 17, 2006  

Quick question: how come there are no women in that picture of the train? ... do they let them get in first?

Hiren 4:06 AM, February 17, 2006  

You have captured Bombay well all right though I am not sure about the Gujju bit.

Vikram 4:25 AM, February 17, 2006  

hmmm... never been to bombay... always wanted to spend a week or so in that city...

i like the pace of the city... LA is ten times faster than bombay and i love the "don't care" attitude... keeps you on the edge all the time... where you gotta be... :)

Raj 4:57 AM, February 17, 2006  

I've never been to Mumbai but would definitely visit it some time. I've been warned about the crowds. Lets see how much of a culture shock it turns out to be for me :)

trups 5:10 AM, February 17, 2006  

hi shobs :)

areee he was here for 3 days only... us mein se ek din he wasnt well :( warna main to usko poora bombay ghuma deti!!

yea, bombay is the best place to shop... the BESTESSSSST :)

hehe and surd used to freak out seeing the number of ppl at dadar stn - anytime of the day!!!

one uncle was like - u can go to platform number 1 waha se u can at least get in the train - 4 number pe to gardi hi rahegi...
then he was showing us how to go, and said, take the bridge or cross the tracks
(as in jump from platform and them cross)

surd freaks out again!!! his expression was like, "oh my gawd noooooo!!! my parents love me lots!!"

LOL!!!!

shobs,  6:55 AM, February 17, 2006  

hi trups:)
i was reffering to a few places which not many ppl know abt. like- Aksa beach, Daana pani, Bombay port trust garden, Chota worli sea face.
and yeah surd is used to the laid back life in chennai. going everywhere on two wheeler!

virdi 7:09 AM, February 17, 2006  

Casablanca>> Well dont know much abt HongKong but Bombay rocks... except for the rush in the trains...

Trupsster>>
Caramel Popcorn was awesome re!!!

he was like, "le lo na..." with a wink in his eyes... lolllll

That guy was so kameena... Uski toh main band baja deta...

ya no one cribs in bombay re... its the best place to live... :) u shud have the spirit thats all

I salute that spirit yaar... Amazing that there was not a single guy cribbing about rush and over population...

a jane>> Thanks thanks... But I am not a Madrasi... I am from Madras... B.T.W Madras looks like a village in front of Bombay... Seriously...

The Freakshow>> Don't know if things have changed... But yes loved Bombay... Thodi shanti kaam hai.. Thats all... :-)

Shobs>> Ahem ahem ahem... That was a small comment... Arre I loved Bombay yaar... People very helpful, nice girls, everyone is happy, no one bothers you, etc etc... But too much rush... thats all...

ROS>> Sorry yaar... But your Bombay is a cool place... :-)

E dil hai mushkil hai jeena yahan, jara haske jara bachke yeh hai Bombay meree jaan!!

hehehehe... Bam Bam Bam Bam Bambai Bambai hum ko jam gayi...

Aur haan..me have to write up that Mumbai train wala post;)

About that stud guy??? Aakhon hi aakhon mein ishara ho gaya... Baithe baithe jeene ka sahara ho gaya... ;-)

Chitra>> yes lots of smiles today also... Even though there are broken roads and bad traffic and crowded trains and not a place to walk on the footpath... People fighting to live and smiling... Loved that part of the Bombay attitude...

J'Adore>> Jao beta jao... Jee lo aapni zindagi... Abe there we no girls in the train because everygirl was behind me... ;-)

Khi Khi Khi Khi...

Hiren>> hey chillax... I was just kidding about gujjus yaar... They rule in Bombay... They are the financial gods of the financial capital of India... :-)

Vikram>> Don't know much about LA... But Bombay is faster than London for sure!!!

Raj>> Well it will be a cultural shock for you if you have net been to any place outside India... ;-)

Trupster>> areee he was here for 3 days only... us mein se ek din he wasnt well :( warna main to usko poora bombay ghuma deti!!

arre woh chaar vada pau and 5 glass of lime juice was too much for my tummy I guess... I talked to my cousins and he said Lime juice must have been bad... Vada Pau is safe...

surd freaks out again!!! his expression was like, "oh my gawd noooooo!!! my parents love me lots!!"

That uncle was crazy!!! I am not an Idiot... There was over bridge and I dont want to die so soon... Abhi toh I want to have kids who would be like 7 brothers of Satte Pe Satta


Shobz>> and yeah surd is used to the laid back life in chennai. going everywhere on two wheeler!

Abe I took you for a movie in my Maruti 800, you dont remember??? :-(

Chand na badla suraj na badla, na badla yeh aasmaan... Oh kitna badal gaya insaan, Oh kitna badal gaya insaan...

V...

praveen 8:01 AM, February 17, 2006  

speaking about the trains and the crowd, i watched a documentary about it b4...and it scared the shit out of me..man, how do ppl live there????

The shop keeper said Rs 200 and she said "I am going to give Rs 30 for it, take it or I am leaving" I was like "What??" I kept quie and she finaly got it for Rs 50 I guess. Ok, I havent seen anyone bargain like this.

you'll see the same in Pat Pong, Bangkok..the red light district....they hike up the price like mad...and think we're idiots to pay that price

Rohit Talwar 3:48 PM, February 17, 2006  

Thats a LOT of people at the station! how did you manage!

fao san,  4:22 AM, February 18, 2006  

oi, surd! you turncoat! you visit bby for 3 days n madras becomes a village?

i think madras kicks ass! our slums don't spill onto the roads, the traffic isn't maddening, it is a much greener city, our beaches are a lo-hot cleaner n prettier...n we have our share of PYTs too!

n our walls smell of pee? what on earth were you doing sniffing up walls? are you just peeved that no st. vendor in madras has hit on you yet? chal, ll take you to parry's corner or burma bazaar! you won't be miffed no more.

ritzkini 4:30 AM, February 18, 2006  

:))
loved the photo of the train..brings back memories..life hai yaar..
:)

Kusum Rohra 7:55 AM, February 24, 2006  

hey, virdi when that man asked u lower parel i am sure he meant to ask if you are getting down at lower parel and not how to go to lower parel heheh.

you knw wht this whole chaos crowd and everything is so much a part of my life i cant live without it:)

viv,  6:27 AM, February 27, 2006  

There ain't no place on earth like Bombay... And if you spend a year there, you can live anywhere on earth without any trouble!

Hats off to Gujjus man... they totally run the place. I'm not sure if Bombay would be as prosperous without them.

10 ppl die every day on the train tracks... :(

Good thing surd freaked about crossing them :)

Kroopa Shah (Kr00pz) 11:09 PM, March 04, 2006  

Sigh! Mumbai. Aur kya kahein?? Its a different world altogether

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