Lesson 1: Let go into the song called Mumbai instead of resisting. Mumbai, (or Bombay) a world explored before, a city with a million stories about it, yet each visitor and explorer finds a new angle.
May seem overwhelming at first, the thousand million billion people of barking mad maximum city Mumbai. Home to some of the wealthiest men in the world, with skyscrapers and terrace helipads, Mumbai also contains the largest slum in Asia which receives 8,000 new homeless people everyday, and the largest brothel in India, Kamitapura. Mumbai is a strange play, with all sorts of actors.
I first visited Mumbai when it was Bombay, and so it will always be to me. Headquarters to the Bollywood film industry, Bombay is quite filmy in its persona. From the chaiwallas (chai sellers) to movie stars, all follow the same pattern of existence: a fast paced, never stopping dance.
Being the media capital of India allows for raging global level events, world class parties, with celebrities from the world pouring into the city of dreamers.
Amidst competition and cheating, original genius and plagiarism, Bombay still holds its integrity, as floods of aspirers come into the city every day, hoping to realise some glorious dream.
From mosques to temples, corruption & wealth, poverty and scandals, terrorist attacks, Bombay has an undying, unyielding spirit that fuels the 50 million excess souls in its bosom.
Mumbai for Backpackers
While the startling chemistry of sounds, smells, and spiced air could be a bit much to take, you need to let Bombay grow on you. And you will be happy that you did.