Monday, 10 September 2012

Let's get this out of the way...

For those who are unfamiliar with what or where Bombay is, this should clear some things up. Bombay (now formally known as Mumbai) is the largest metropolis in India, and pretty much one of the most populated places in the world. As a centre for trade, politics, culture, entertainment and industry, it is informally known as the commercial capital of India. Bombay is also the headquarters of Bollywood, the famed Indian film business which has now received worldwide acclaim.

With a total population of almost 14 million, it's no mystery that one of the most noticeable things in the city is just the sheer volume of people. Wherever you go, out on the street, restaurants, beaches, parks, public transport (that's a completely different topic altogether), all you see is people. The fact that thousands of people migrate to the city everyday in search of better fortunes doesn't make things any easier. However, Bombay is a city that never turns away those that knock at her door. With open arms, the city welcomes people from all walks of life. It shouldn't surprise you to know that the population of Bombay is a melting pot of people following different faiths, from different castes coming from different parts of the country. There are areas in Bombay where you will find people belonging to a certain community living together, making up for most of the population in that area. However, the whole city manages to keep its cool and work in unison. There ARE certain moments when things reach a boiling point and somebody throws the first punch, but when everything dies down, people go back to peacefully co-existing with each other.

Bombay also has a vast history, and a rich heritage, but of course, that deserves a whole new blog post. Stay tuned...  :)


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