Things Mumbaikars Love about Mumbai

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Bindiya Chotrani
Chionophile. Silver Tongued. Melodrama queen. Non-conformist. Stationary Hoarder. Suffers from Gluttony and Mathematical Dyslexia. Follow her on twitter @bindiyac

Well, someone once said, ‘too much of anything is bad.’ But, Mumbaikars, even on having stayed in Mumbai for a tad too many years still can’t get enough of some things. And no matter how much they get of it, they will still be yearning more for it.

Bindiya Chotrani talks all things Mumbai – that the locals here are frenzy about.

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Crazy Fans, stalk them, adore them, worship them – there’s all of these and then there is the term ‘celebrity’ that delineates each of these.  Hordes of people assembling outside Jalsa, Mannat or Galaxy apartments, waiting to catch a glimpse of the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan or Salman Khan respectively is not a rare sight. And when talking about these masses, we do not infer to those who ain’t from Mumbai. Very well from Mumbai, having stayed in the city for more than just a couple of years, the locals here just can’t seem to get enough of cricketers, actors, business magnets, social butterflies etc. So much so that you more often than not come across film stars filing some very serious complaints about crazy fans who’ve been stalking them ever since.

Holi khele raghuveera
Ganpati Visarjans, those water balloons, the sutli bombs during diwali – Mumbai and the Mumbaikars are known to celebrate very festival with too much of pomp and spendlour. With s much of a diversity in this one city, you couldn’t expect anything else. Whether it is the navratri, or the Id, the dushhera or the durga puja – the garba is played with as much zeal as there is when fasting during ramzan or doing the aarti. Contagious, and ubiquitous – emotions amongst the Mumbaikars during a festival are each of these.

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Know that feeling when your facebook and twitter timeline is filled with posts about the rains? Well, who doesn’t? A season that is here for 4 months out of 12, the rains give Mumbaikars more joy than anything else. Seductive, romantic, a favourite – the weather has many a loyalists and innumerous songs to its credit. Whether it is the tip tip barsa paani or the pehli baarish ki tarah, singing and dancing in the rains is a trend that is most loved and one that will remain evergreen in movies.

Tujhe aksa beach ghumaoo, aa chalti kya
Wanting a view of the sunset? Need a little time with yourself? Wanting to go on a romantic stroll with your sweetheart? Ask a Mumbaikar how to do it and you’ll have the most perfect answer you were ever seeking. Mumbai is one of the few cities to have more than one beach, that is thronged by the Mumbaikars in the mornings and evenings. Sand, rocky shores, horses, chaat stalls, there’s nothing you wouldn’t like about the beach.

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Now while there is absolutely no dearth of classics in the pantheon of Mumbai street food greats, each of us ferociously proclaim the virtues of our favourite chaat wala. And Mumbaikars cant stop raving about the chutneys, the quality of the sev, the way the veggies are sliced, the chaat masala used, or simply, somebody’s “haath” that elevates a snack into something. Whether you fancy spicy and watery, spicy and tangy, or spicy and buttery, Mumbai’s street foods have you covered. Right from those kiddies on the block badgering their parents to get them a meetha bhel, or those adults that resort to the vegetable sandwich as a light snack, there’s no Mumbaikar who does not vouch for Mumbai’s street food.

Choti dress mein bomb lagdi menu
Mumbai and Mumbaikars define fashionable. Quick to pick up fashion trends, Mumbaikars are crazy about being atop when it comes to fashion sense. The first to know about a fashion trend, and the first to move onto another one, Mumbai is a fashion capital impregnated with fashionistas. So frenzied is Mumbai about the latest fads, that faux pas are the worst that can happen to a human. And so zealous are the Mumbaikars, that it only takes a little grit and gumption to bring about another fashionable fad in the city. Don’t blame us if you bought those pairs for a bomb and they are already so passé.

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100 cr club. No, we do not mean barons or business magnets that are worth 100 cr and fall into the category. We refer to Sholay, 3 idiots. Dhoom 3 and aashiqui 2. Still contemplating and conjecturing? That’s how we define a Mumbaikar’s penchant for movies. Moreso, when one person watches the same movie for a minimum of 10 times. And when you have such a huge audience, you can only mint  a 100 crores and join the 100 crore club of movies. Not just the apple of every star’s eye, a 100 crore film can also induce a movie loather into watching it.

Don’t believe our word? How about you settling in the city and experiencing it for yourself. Well, if you couldn’t agree more and can only add to our list, go on, for the overzealous spirit of Mumbai can only encourage you.

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