Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahan,
Zara Hat Ke,
Zara Bach Ke,
Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan….
Three years in Mumbai – the city of dreams! When in Bombay (Mumbai) I have complained about the rains, ever-developing roads, the water issues, etc. but the city never ceases to surprise me with its charm!
Some time back I watched few scenes from ‘Wake up Sid’. It inspired me to the extent that I made the city my home, a destination meant for my soul. I have been chanting the name ‘M-U-M-B-A-I’ even in my dreams ever since my Bangalore Days and now it’s been three years I’m realising this dream.
That cage that Aisha (Konkona)- the new girl in the city embellishes with lights, that yellow couch, that paint is all that I dream of now. An independent girl in a new city earning her own position ! That is so me ! Creative dreams, photography, traveling, exploring new things and leading a life that way is something I yearn for ! This dream coupled with Debo – what more can I ask for ?
I realized how much I want to be in the city when I spent an entire night sitting at Marine Drive with Debo and Tarun and admiring that ‘Queen’s Necklace’; on my birthday night, gorging over midnight buffet at Marine Plaza, sipping tea again at Marine Drive and feeling the cool breeze of the Arabian sea slowly caressing me. What could be better than this ?
What a contradiction – the murmuring sound of the waves with a background of Taj Mahal Palace hotel, shouting out its history of the deadly and shameful attack of 26/11. The fresh air of the Arabian sea would fill the air with so much freshness that it conceals the smell of the gunpowder, fades away the sound of gun firing and cries of several people victimized by the attack.
The spirit of Mumbai is never-dying. People say it right ! The city recoils itself and never let the dreams die. Mumbai is ever-changing, but the sea is always unchanging, witnessing how the city changes and how it fulfill people’s dream who calls it “The city of dreams“.
In the movie, Sid said it right – ‘Mumbai – the city never sleeps’ !