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Yeh hai Mumbai Meri Jaan…

Was drenched in a wave of nostalgia, as I visited Mumbai last week after 16 long years….a city where I spent a good part of my growing up years! Nothing much had changed….only more people, more vehicles, more buildings…..but yet there is something magical about this city!

Weary feet tread along,

the wheels always on the move

carry the burdened shoulders, without a smirk

waves crash against the shore, with a sense of urgency

time and tide wait for none here.

 

Aspiring dreams find wings to soar

the glitz and glamour bedazzle the naked eye

there is a seamless amalgam of food, religion and people

the grandeur of festive celebrations is unparalleled.

 

Mafia and the underbelly, a dark reality

fragmented destinies lie scattered

rains and resilience flow together

sweaty brows overpower the fragrant scents

silhouettes stand tall against the swarm of slums.

 

A city that never sleeps

is defined by extreme contrasts

yet, boasts of a magnanimous character

as it embraces all into its fold!

72 comments on “Yeh hai Mumbai Meri Jaan…

  1. positivesideofcoin
    August 14, 2019

    I agree, sometimes I also think that there is something special about this city… Something magical✨

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  2. boundlessblessingsblog
    August 14, 2019

    Superb and true words of our very own Mumbai, Radhika and yes Mumbai is like that once you leave you would want to come back.

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  3. Sarika, Pure Reflections
    August 14, 2019

    Love Mumbai…❤️

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  4. blindzanygirl
    August 14, 2019

    Wow. This is a fantastic piece of work

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  5. DeepikasRamblings
    August 14, 2019

    Yes, somehow like the hustle and bustle of this city…And not to miss mentioning about the shopping too …Enjoyed my time spent here 💖💖

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    • radhikasreflection
      August 14, 2019

      Haha! Yes Deepika, it is a shoppers paradise catering to all kinds of shoppers ☺️

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  6. Shweta Suresh
    August 14, 2019

    I’ve never been to Mumbai yet (unless you count the layover of my once-not-so-direct flight). Hopefully one day soon, I’ll be able to experience the city in all its Glory. Great job, dear. ❤️😄

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  7. Ink of Musing
    August 14, 2019

    Lovely write up, Mumbai is truly magical…it made me love monsoon😊

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  8. swalia
    August 14, 2019

    A befitting description!!

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  9. swalia
    August 14, 2019

    Befitting description!

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  10. Indira
    August 14, 2019

    Oops….words missed out😜

    Well pictured Mumbai in these lines!! 🙂

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  11. iScriblr
    August 14, 2019

    Beautifully written!❤
    #amchiMumbai

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  12. Sanjay M Bhaskar
    August 14, 2019

    So happy to read your blog after a long time. And happy to see the growth. Congrats and keep the up the good work. 😊

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    • radhikasreflection
      August 15, 2019

      Thanks Sanjay. Good to see you here. Hope you are doing fine!

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      • Sanjay M Bhaskar
        August 16, 2019

        You’re welcome. I’m great. Just got back here. Hope you’re doing great as well. 😊

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      • radhikasreflection
        August 16, 2019

        I am doing fine, thank you ☺️

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      • Sanjay M Bhaskar
        August 16, 2019

        😇

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  13. Shweta Suresh
    August 14, 2019

    I’ve never been to Mumbai unless you count the layover of my once not-so-direct flight. Hopefully, one day soon enough, I’ll be able to experience this magnificent City in all its Glory. Great job, dear! ❤️😄

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    • radhikasreflection
      August 15, 2019

      Thanks Shweta. Do visit the city when you can. It’s unique and contrasting at the same time.

      How have you been ? Miss reading your tiny tales!

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      • Shweta Suresh
        August 15, 2019

        Ohh yes. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit soon!
        I’ve been really neglecting my blog. It’s been a busy couple of months. Managing work and everything else is turning out to be tricky! But I’m back to blogging now (yes, with more tiny tales. 😉) Hopefully, this time around, I’ll be able to keep up the spree.

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      • radhikasreflection
        August 15, 2019

        I know balancing work and home can be very time consuming Shweta. But I am glad you are back. Will hop on to your blog and check out 😁

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      • Shweta Suresh
        August 15, 2019

        Ohh yes. 2 years, and I’m still struggling 😂 although it’s just me I have to take care of. Thank you so much dear. I’ll look forward to hearing from you. ❤️

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      • radhikasreflection
        August 15, 2019

        👍❤️

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  14. Deeksha Pathak
    August 14, 2019

    Radhika, I feel all cities are similar in terms of increasing crowd, traffic and noise. But of course each city has its own charm and you have portrayed it so well, loved it!!!

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    • radhikasreflection
      August 15, 2019

      Yes Deeksha. The increasing numbers is a common thread amongst the cities….but inspite of that people who lived in Mumbai carry a special feeling towards it!

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  15. Kranti
    August 15, 2019

    So true! Mumbai has some charm that keeps pulling back.. Aamchi Mumbai! ❤️

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  16. paeansunplugged
    August 15, 2019

    What a lovely tribute!

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  17. Yasmin Khan
    August 15, 2019

    Oh my!
    Your pics and words brought back so many memories😍
    Truly nostalgic ❤️

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  18. Megha's World
    August 15, 2019

    There always will be an unseen attachment to the city of your childhood. The nostalgia will never wear away.

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  19. Bhavana Madbhavi
    August 15, 2019

    Wow..Super

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  20. Kunal Thakore
    August 15, 2019

    You can take a person out of Mumbai, but never Mumbai out of a person,,, I love Bombay!

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  21. Lakshmi Bhat
    August 15, 2019

    I studied my BA there in Wilson college. I loved those years. I needed a few months to adjust after school life in Delhi. Then the magic of Bombay filled me. College life and the local train’s and the lending libraries 😊

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    • radhikasreflection
      August 15, 2019

      I was close to you at Sydenham College. Yes, the local trains and my Midday newspaper were an integral part of life then😁

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      • Lakshmi Bhat
        August 15, 2019

        I was there from 1979 to 1982. I must have read countless books in those three years. My classes were from early morning to afternoon so did not experience the rush in the trains 😊

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      • radhikasreflection
        August 15, 2019

        Wow! Bombay must have been so different then….I did jostle in the trains but it was far better than today’s maddening crowd.

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  22. I never been to Mumbai and thought Mumbai is a very busy, traffic and polluted city. Your lines only showed me beautiful Mumbai.

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  23. Moushmi Radhanpara
    August 16, 2019

    This city! Is MAGICAL!!!!!!
    I have spent a few years there and all it takes for me to miss this is a picture of that ocean. I am just filled with nostalgia here, but yes, your poetry does justice to the place!!

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  24. Megala
    August 17, 2019

    Wonderful tribute to this magical city! It takes me to those beautiful days we spent in Mumbai, thanks Radhika.

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  25. tomhudson
    August 18, 2019

    What a wonderful tribute to your birthplace. Mumbai must be a beautiful city.

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    • radhikasreflection
      August 18, 2019

      It’s beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder! People have a mixed feeling for the city…. either they love or hate it but I guess most people end up loving the city!

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  26. daneelyunus
    August 19, 2019

    Nice post Radhika

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  27. Sunita Balani
    August 29, 2019

    Every word , so true for Aamchi Mumbai. Very well written Radhika.
    Loved the line …seamless amalgam of food, religion and people👌👌👍

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  28. kittysverses
    September 23, 2019

    This poem reflects the spirit of Mumbai. It truly embraces everyone in its fold. Not to forget its wonderful local trains. Enjoyed your poem, Ma’am 🙂

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  29. Anushka
    September 25, 2019

    I agree. I am in love with city too and have started writing about the eating joints in Bombay. Do read my posts too 😊

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  30. Safoorah Sayed
    October 14, 2019

    Oh yes. So true. Mumbai is best.😄

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