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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan ....

A recent discussion about Mumbai brought back some memories and i thought of compiling this post based on what i have read earlier ... so here it goes ...
An ode to the city that never sleeps !!
You know you are from Mumbai when....
  • You spend more time travelling than you spend at home.
  • 9:47 fast, means something to you.
  • You're suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.
  • Amitabh Bachchans house is a landmark
  • When there's no place to breathe in the trains but there's place to play cards and sing bhajans!
  • Every three months you look at your street and say "Why're the digging the road again?"
  • You aren't surprised when somebody throws a water balloon at you while you're walking on the streets during March.
  • You can only smile forgivingly about the size of any other city in the world.
  • When while giving directions you say "Right MARO aur wahan pe ek bridge GIREGA"
  • You consider the local train "empty" when you find a spot for your two feet to stand on.
  • When "chalta hai" is the most commonly used word
  • Everything to the north of Mumbai is UP-Bihar and everything below is Madras (Chennai)
  • It takes longer to get off from your house to the station than from one end of Mumbai to another by train.
  • You have learnt how to stand in a queue
  • You are back to work next day after the city is bombed
  • When you allow complete strangers to spend the night in your house because its raining outside and half the city is submerged...
  • You say "Town" and expect everyone to know that this means "South of Churchgate".
  • Your Door has more than Three Locks.
  • Rs. 500 worth of Groceries fit in one paper bag.
  • You think Chowpatty & Juhu beaches as Nature.
  • You have the following sets of friends: School Friends, College Friends, Neighborhood Friends, and Office Friends! And yes, 'Train Friends', a Species unique only in Mumbai.
  • Cabbies and Bus Conductors think you are from Mars if you call the Roads by their 'Indian Names'; they are more familiar with Warden Road, Peddar Road and Altamount Road.
  • Bollywood and Stock Market quotes are the only other thing beside Cricket, which you follow passionately.
  • The first thing that you read in the 'Times of India' is the "Bombay Times" supplement.
  • You take Fashion seriously.
  • You compare Mumbai to New York's 'Manhattan', instead of any other Cities of India.
  • The most frequently used part of your Car is the HORN.
  • You insist on calling 'Mumbai' as 'Bombay', 'CST' as 'VT', and 'Sahara' and 'Santacruz' Airports instead of 'Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport'.
  • You love walking through Knee-deep Mucky Water in the Monsoons, and actually call it "Romantic".
  • Only in Mumbai, you would get 'Chinese Dosa' and 'Jain Chicken' Awesome!
  • You call 'Traffic Policemen' as "Pandus" and expect 'Out-of-Towners' to understand that.

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