A guest post by Hiren Busa of translationservices24.com
Bombay now popularly known as Mumbai is the financial city of India. With a population of nearly 13 million, any space is of premium importance. Mumbai as a city is always buzzing with life and sometimes it feels as if people in Mumbai never sleep. Residents of Mumbai are very proud of their city and like to call themselves as ‘Mumbaikars’. Life is full of adventure and no single day is the same. The weather, the people, the transport and the lifestyle all make Mumbai what it is. A great city!
Public Transport in Mumbai
For Mumbaikars public transport is their life line especially the ‘Mumbai local trains’. Since local trains are regarded as the life line of the city. Nearly 80% of the Mumbai population uses public transport on a daily basis. Mumbai local trains are always in news for the wrong reasons. It is said during peak hours local train compartments carry over three times more passengers than usual. It is quite an adventure to travel on these trains. ONLY if you can get on it! BEST buses are equally popular among Mumbaikars and are also packed with passengers in the suburban areas of the city. If you are in the city and haven’t travelled by the local train and buses than you have missed the most adventurous part of your journey. The public taxi and autorickshaw service is available 24 hours a day but is more expensive when compared to the other means of transport.
Culture and Festivals
Mumbai is considered as one of the most modern cities of India. However, majority of the population is still rooted to their culture and traditions. People in Mumbai are very religious with ‘Hindu’ and ‘Muslim’ being the most preached religions, and accordingly to these religions people celebrate the different festivals through the year. Popular festivals among the Hindus are ‘Diwali’ ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights is one of the most popular festivals not just in Mumbai but across the country. But if we are talking about Mumbai’s cultural life then no other festival is more important than ‘Ganesh Chaturti’. It represents the birth of the most powerful God ‘Ganesh’. Ramzan and Eid are popular religious festivals among the Muslim population of Mumbai. Other popular festivals celebrated in Mumbai are Navratri, Christmas and Gudhi Padva.
Mumbai is the home of Indian cinema with hundreds of films made every year. We all are aware about the popularity of Bollywood films and it is important to note that most of them are shot in Mumbai. The city came into limelight after it was featured in the Oscar winning film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. People from across the country visit Mumbai to try their luck in Bollywood. Bollywood films are full of music, drama, emotions and entertainment representing the actual life of Mumbai.
There is a popular saying about Mumbai ‘if someone has managed to survive in Mumbai they can survive in any part of the world’. And I can tell you this is not just a saying, since I have lived 23 years of my life and speak from experience. It is one of India’s most fascinating cities and a must visit during your journey to my beautiful country.
This article is written by Hiren Busa, who works as a Marketing Manager for a London based Translation Agency translationservices24.com.