Mumbai Meri Jaan – AMRITA PRAKASH

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What attracted me to Mumbai?

Mumbai has its own individuality. It has a plethora of moods blended with an iconoclastic lifestyle. The city has its own rules and an amazing pace. It is like a whole person in itself. There’s so much to gain from Mumbai, more so from the incredible learnings that are attached to it.
Best thing about Mumbai 

Despite all the odds, the city is forever on the move. It goes through its share of crisis time and again… but Mumbaikars pick up the pieces. The people who abound here get their act together and the city is up and running again in a jiffy.


Mumbai today is

India’s cultural, religious as well as economic focal point. It is a potpourri of a variety of communities and cultures. To top it all, it is a city where more dreams are made and broken.

What I would like to change in Mumbai?

I wish the relocation plans were more successful since they would not only reduce the slums in the city but also provide a better standard of living for the slum dwellers. Also, I wish the people of Mumbai would respect the city and its monuments a little more. Problems like littering and destructive activity on monuments still haunt the city. It would be great if the people came together to make Mumbai an even better place to live in.

Mumbai’s best monument?

This is not really a ‘monument’. But I absolutely LOVE the Haji Ali Dargah. This spot is at its most beautiful during sunset. I could stare at it for hours as the sun goes down. It really fills me with peace.

Compared to other cities, Mumbai is?

exceptionally safe! I can’t think of any other city in India as safe as Mumbai. There are often times I have to return home alone at 3-4am after a shoot. This is something that would be unthinkable in any other city including metropolitans in India.
When away from Mumbai, I miss?

One of my most favourite feelings in the world is feeling warm sand between my toes. And the rhythmic waves crashing against the shore fill me with peace no matter how chaotic life gets. I often spent solitary time completely lost on the beach in mumbai, and fail to realise I’ve been there for hours. After family and home- the beach is what I miss most when away.

 

To be successful in Mumbai?

You need to stand out and yet fit in. The city does not have time for anyone lulling about and daydream that success will be served on a five-star platter. One needs to be constantly on the move. Threes no time to stop and think. Just keep moving if you want to keep pace with Mumbai.