B - Bombay (A to Z Blogging Challenge April 2018)

Bombay........The City of Dreams......Maximum City......A City which never sleeps. Call it what you might, but for us Bombayites, Bombay is more than just a city, it is a sentiment, an emotion and a way of being.

Born and brought up in Bombay and lived here ever since, this is the only way of life I know and understand. And though it's been 13 years, it has been simply impossible to adopt it's new name, Mumbai.

What makes Bombay what it is? What makes it tick? What makes people want to migrate to this over populous city which is bursting at it's seams? Bombay has something for everyone.

The bustling crowds which can be maddening at times, the ever adventurous and quick to swear rickshaw-wallas, the never ending traffic snarls, the list goes on. But despite everything that Mumbai has become now, Bombay never was. For those who grew up in the 80's Bombay, its gut wrenching to see where the city is headed.

As a kid in Bombay in the 1980's, this is what I remember my Bombay for. The emptiness of the roads, the thrill of the local train rides, the amber lights which lit up SOBO and gave it the distinct Victorian look that it has been robbed off now, riding the double decker bus which was even more fun if it were to rain, enjoying the rain at juhu beach or marine drive without lecherous men breathing down your backs, breathing in the unadulterated "geeli mitti ki khushboo" after the first rains, playing in the gardens, playing down in the buildings, long drives in Fiat cars, the seemingly effortless dabbawallas  who never let you down, Bollywood movies we grew up with like Mr. India, the Bombayites and the list goes on and on. A city that defined me and made me who I am today. Pure nostalgia.

This post is an entry for the Letter B of the #AToZChallenge of 2018 organised by Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2018. My theme for this challenge is Wanderlust.


  1. Bombay looks beautiful from your pictures.

  2. Ah! Bombay! It had been our home for 8 years. Some beautiful memories we have had here.
    We moved out in 2004 and now I keep coming for work for a day or two. It has changed so much, and the traffic has worsened. So, though Bombay will hold a special place in my heart but I wouldnt want to go back again!

    1. I agree Shilpa. Born and brought up I consider myself a Bombayite and am heartbroken at the direction this city is heading in. Given a choice I would definitely move out too.

  3. I guess no city is the same than in the 1980s. Especially not in India where population growth is so fast. At least you have your memories!


    1. Yes I agree. Its bittersweet in a way. I wish I could share those memories with my kids but they obviously don't see what I did!

  4. Yay! Bombay! I had been to this city for a day conference. I should plan a visit soon.
    B at Kohl Eyed Me
    B at Something's Cooking

  5. When I think of Bombay, I remember a friend of mine, who moved from that city to Ahmedabad. and found it very difficult to adjust to the pace of the new city, since he was used to a very hectic schedule in Bombay.
    I have been to Bombay a few times, but never stayed there for too long.
    I like the way the city values its traditional architecture, while going in for renovation.

    1. Bombay does that to you. My parents planned to retire in Pune but I could never adjust to the slow life there! But life has it's own plans and here I am in Bombay still :)

  6. I know. After 8 years in the US I was so nostalgic for Bombay but it is not the same.


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