Bombay Meri Jaan

You can take a man out of Bombay,
But you can never take Bombay out of a man!!

(Sorry Saffron Brigade, But I am not gonna call it Mumbai)

Bombay for years has been India’s bastion.
A city where dreams come alive,
A city where hopes culminate,
A city where reel life and real life have only a literal difference.

Thats Bombay for you.

Today after the first rains lashed city, I got this unstoppable urge to write about this city, which has become a friend. Bombay is not just a city, its a way of life. Its a city where millions came to riches from rags and some went to rags from riches. Thousands of people pour in everyday with a hope from this friendly city and Bombay doesen’t disappoint many.

Go to any urban part of India and you will not find people as helpful as they are in Bombay. You ask where is a particular road and pop comes the answer, and mind you its always right. People do not equivocate you out here.

And last but not the least, this famous verse that some good soul from Bombay has written.

Woh elco ki pani puri, woh chowpatty ki chaat,
Woh Naturals ki ice cream, Wah usme thi kuch baat.

Woh tiwari ki mithai, woh raste ka dosa,
Woh shivsagar ki pav bhaji aur Guru Kripa ka samosa.

Woh local train ka ‘suffer’, woh juhu beach ki hawa,
Woh chowpatty ke tange aur joggers park ka sama.

Woh december ki zara si sardi, woh baarishon ke mahine,
Woh garmi ki chuttiyan, jab chutthe they paseene.

Woh holi ki masti, woh navratri ka garba,
Woh diwali ke patakhe aur ganpati ka shor o sharaba.

Woh peak hours ki traffic, woh BEST ki rush,
Woh tadapti garmi mein, Snowmans ka ek kala khatta slush.
Woh Juhu beach ka mahol, woh samunder ki leheren,
Woh doobte suraj ka nazara, Wah uska kya kehena.

Woh Sterling ka popcorn aur Cotton World mein shopping,
Woh Fashion Street ka nazara aur Nariman Point ki building.
Woh cinema ke queue, woh black ki ticket,
Woh Shivaji Park ka maidan, jahan practice karte thhe cricket.

Itni cheezen kehene ke baad, aur kitni karoon mein baddhai,
Yeh shehar hain mera apna, jiska naam hai MUMBAI (OK here Mumbai is used just for the rhyme)

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