‘City of Dreams’ is the sobriquet often used to describe the city of Mumbai. Now, this term has been given to this city because it provides people from all over the country an opportunity to succeed in life. Furthermore, this city is also known for several other unique features which are truly worth admiring. Here is then presenting a few of those elements which makes ‘Maximum City’ so vibrant and full of energy.
1. Mumbai, and its Cosmopolitan nature:
Ever since time immemorial, this city has served as a ‘melting point’ for people belonging to varied communities, religion, caste etc. Originally, this city was inhabited by the local fisherman community ‘Koli’. It was then during the 19th century, that the ‘Parsee’ community fled Iran (Persia), and migrated to this city. Furthermore, as the city transformed into a commercial hub, communities such as Gujarati, South Indian, North, and East Indian grew in numbers. In addition, the presence of a ‘Chawl’ system (i.e. a vintage residential complex comprising of working class belonging to all caste and religion), and ‘Irani Cafes’ during the 1900’s added more charm to the cosmopolitan nature of the city.
2. Mumbai, and the ‘Dabbawala’ Food Delivery System:
‘One who carries a box’ is the literal translation of the unique food delivery system in Mumbai known as Dabbawala. It is basically a system in which lunchboxes are delivered in a very efficient manner throughout the city from homes to commercial offices and back. Furthermore, the boxes are transported using bicycles and trains. They are essentially delivered around noon and returned back late in the afternoon. It was founded by a man named Mahadeo Havaji Bachche in the year 1890. This system is unique to this city, and is managed by the ‘Mumbai Tiffin Box Supplier’s Association’. Such is the popularity of this system that the 2013 Bollywood film ‘The Lunchbox’ was based on it.
3. Mumbai, and its delicious food:
‘Mouth watering’ is the word that best describes the food/cuisine available in Maximum City. Furthermore, due to its cosmopolitan nature the cuisine available in the city is varied. So, some popular street food available in this city include Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji, Bhajiyya, Sev Puri, Pani Puri, Bhel Puri etc. In terms of main course meal, South Indian, Malvan/Gomantak,Italian, Irani, Thai, Continental, Japanese, and Chinese are available in this city. Additionally, a number of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delicacies are equally popular in this city which is supposedly never asleep.
4. Mumbai, and ‘Bollywood’:
‘Hindi Film Industry’ also known as ‘Bollywood’ based in this city is a feature that makes it very popular. Established during the 1930’s, this industry churns out about 1000 films a year. It was the 1931 film ‘Alam Ara’ directed by Ardeshir Irani, that marked the beginning of Hindi cinema or ‘Bollywood’. Furthermore, it was in year 1937 that Hindi cinema’s first coloured movie Kisan Kanya was first produced by Irani. It was eventually during the late 40’s to early 60’s that Hindi cinema developed with the rise of star directors such as Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, and Bimal Roy. However, it was in 1970’s that Hindi films took a populist form, and such was the impact that it overtook ‘Hollywood’ in terms of annual movie production. And hence, the term ‘Bollywood’ was given to the Hindi Film Industry, which even today continues to add glamour to ‘Maximum City’.
5. Mumbai Transport, Connecting People:
‘Transportation’ plays an important social and economical role within this city on a daily basis. The three major mode of transports that connect the city internally include: BEST bus services, Suburban and Metro Train Services, and public and private taxis. It is this variety of transportation services available in this city, which makes it extremely well connected. The fact that that train and bus services function mostly on time (unless a serious issue arises) makes traveling in this city hassle free. More importantly, the cost of travelling in a bus or train is extremely affordable. It is this excellent transportation system which makes this ‘City of Dreams’, the best in terms of transportation among all the major cities in India.
6. Cricket in Mumbai City:
‘Dusty Maidans’ is what comes to mind when one thinks of this city and the game of cricket. It is from these so called open grounds i.e. maidans that giants of cricket such as Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar have risen. However, it was way back during the 19th century that cricket was first played in the city. Furthermore, it was first played by the effluent Parsee community, then the Hindus, and finally the Muslims. A man named Ramchandra Vishnu Navlekar was the first Hindu in the city to play the game. It is over the years that cricket in this megalopolis became the backbone of the national team, with a large number of players being selected from this city. It is this magic of this ‘Gentleman’s Game’ that continues to grow on this ‘City That Never Sleeps’, which results in maidans still being full with boys of all ages playing the game passionately.
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