sunbeams and sugardrops

Yeh hai Bombay meri jaan…

Posted on: May 23, 2006

I’ve always been in love with this city…always envied the people who got to live here…always wanted to be one of them. And now I am. I am living the dream. And its everything I thought it would be. Only more so. My first week working in Mumbai and I have felt every emotion possible.

Ok…of course thats an exageration because I havent yet felt any of the terrible things people have warned me about…the politics at work, the snide bitchiness, the people trying to rip you off, the desperate lonliness…None of that. I am sure all of that is around the corner somewhere but I think I’m ready for it…ready enough that it isn’t something I need to dwell on and will take it as it comes.

Meanwhile this city has been kicking my butt and I love it anyway. I’ve learned what it is to commute in this city and because I haven’t taken a train yet, my commute to and from work has so far not only been EXTREMELY tiring, but also hard on the wallet. I take rickshaws in the mornings…an hour and a half…and buses in the evenings…2 hours. average Rs.250 – 300 a day easily.And I’ve been at work for 7 days now…and have gone home 7 different ways. But the thing is…as dusty and grimy and tiring as these rides are, I am still happy. Something about this city enables me to love even the worst parts of my day. Ok picture this…I was heading home on a bus one night,all hot and sweaty,crossing the vasai creek and I look over to my left and see the most beautiful thing. A patch of lights sparkling gold and orange in the distance across the water and above that, a really low hanging cloud that took on the golden glow of the city under it. I was mesmerised by the city’s halo even as I realised that the cloud was a cloud of pollution. Thats true love right there….

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6 Responses to "Yeh hai Bombay meri jaan…"

Waasssupp Chipmunk ….
Am finally able to post a comment… Glad you could find true love even if it was in a cloud of toxic gases .. Jokes apart am really proud of you … Its takes guts and attitude to go through 4 hours of travel every day and still come out smiling the way you do … am sorry couldnt be at your house warming party , but then again am glad I wasnt one of those you threw out of your place “Rudely”…

Dont have anything else to say do you ?

I so do!!!
Just haven’t had time what with being so busy at work and also defending my good name on various blogs. And just for that, guess who’s gonna be 1 bottle of Glen Levit richer?
But thank you for a) being coerced into finally visiting here and b) for saying you’re proud of me. Means alot coming from someone who’s seen me at my worst (aug 15th remember?)

Its not 1 bottle , its 3 .. and the “People” who will get it is ME …. And guess what .. Aug 15th wasnt even your worst …

WHAT!! What do u mean it wasn’t my worst?!!! it was…it never got bad after that!!!
And only 1 people will be getting richer on the 18th of December and that is the birthday girl.

Really how bout 23rd September ??? Remember ???

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