17 Reasons That Make You A ‘Jhakaas’ Mumbaikar!

“Mumbai is infectious, once you start living in Mumbai, working in Mumbai, I don’t think you can live anywhere else.”

– Yash Chopra

Mumbai is not a city; it is a movie played in fast forward with some amazing Bollywood background score. It is not the city that never sleeps; it is the city that keeps you awake with its one million unique stories at 2 am. If you are born and raised in ‘Aamchi Mumbai’, you have seen and borne it all, you have cried with the people in times of despair and woken up the next morning, to well, just another day in the city of dreams

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You have lived in Mumbai long enough to know that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, as long as you keep with the quick heartbeat of the city. If you are in any other part of the city at this moment, listening to A.R Rehman’s composition of ‘Bombay’, sipping coffee but longing for some ‘cutting chai’ then these 17 things will resonate with the loyal Mumbaikar in you:

  1. You are the calm one in the local train


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    The vast sea of people, the faint chugging sound of the wheels, the warm air mixed with dust and wafts of smoke make you feel right at home as you wait for your local train; also known as the lifeline of Mumbai. You let the crowd take you where you need to go, and the only time you smile is when you see your ‘Train-friend’ fighting to get on board the same train.

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  2. You know your Vada pav vendor better than your neighbour


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    You could travel to every nook and cranny on this planet, but you will not find Vadapav that is as good as the ones you get in Mumbai. It does not just lie in the taste of the snack, but the chattering crowd trying to get a few words out with their mouth stuffed with vadapav, and the effervescent Mumbai sounds.There are several Vadapav vendors in this city, but you know your favourite.

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  3. Marine Drive is your spa


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    You turn a blind eye to the tiny love nests created by the couples, who otherwise throng this place, You simply love the sounds of the sea and you curl up and just let the familiar gush of waves hitting the rocks be the only thing your ears listen to. Hectic day at work? Someone trample your foot while getting on a train? You know where to go to unwind.

  4. Your patience level is unlike any other


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    There are people, there are crowds and then, there is Mumbai. You do not bat an eyelid towards the women cutting vegetables in your local train, you do not cut the line in any place and you decide to take the auto the next day as well despite the auto wallas rejecting you everyday.

  5. Bandra has more stars than the skies above


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    You would have passed by a well-known celebrity from Bollywood whilst enjoying golas in the posh, upbeat locales of Bandra, especially Carter Road and your heart would have just done a tiny flip, but then you shrug and continue with your dessert.

  6. Your midnight snacks aren’t in the fridge, they are on Carter Road


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    You don’t remember the last time your stomach grumbled in agony as you stared at your empty kitchen at 1:00 am, all thanks to the delicious and mouthwatering delicacies available on the famous Carter Road.  Whether it be the delicious shawarmas at Greko or the desserts at Love and Cheesecake, Carter road has the answers for your hunger pangs!

  7. Linking road is your wardrobe


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    You don’t really get why shopping is a hassle for so many people because you have the solution for a dying wardrobe; the ever colorful Linking road, Lokhandwala market, Colaba Causeway and Fashion street are always ready to assist you when you are hit with the shoppers bug.

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  8. The lovable P’s: Pani Puri and Pav Bhaji


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    You scoff at people from other states who claim they have tasted the best Pani puri in their home town, because let’s face it; you get it all over the country. You let the pani puri wala at Girgaum Chowpatty work his magic and revel in their amazed expressions as they dunk into the aromatic snack. Hungry at work? You hop to the Pav Bhaji stand closest to your office for a quick, satisfying meal.

  9. Religion:Cricket; God: Sachin Tendulkar


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    You were there for every match, you screamed with joy at every century, maybe you even wept a little. But no matter how Cricket has evolved and changed as a sport in our country, the name Sachin Tendulkar brings a glow to your face as you proudly show people the selfie you clicked with him last year at the IPL. You still remember the state holiday government offered the day he retired.

  10. The Bun Maska is a dish you adore


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    There is nothing more alluring than the tantalizing smell of sweet tea and maska bun from your favourite Irani café. The ambience alone of the café takes you back to your childhood and the berry pulao,sali boti, egg on sali and a lot more fill your heart as it does your stomach.

  11. All trains lead to Virar


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    You are too familiar with the noise and heavy rush of human beings as they scramble in the local trains. You know the term ‘Virar Fast’ better than anyone else. You know the struggle to enter the coach when the train comes from Virar and the exhilarating freedom when you see the train at the virar station.

  12. Long weekend? Let’s go to Lonavala!


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    There is no dull Friday in your itinerary. There are places to visit at any time during the weekend with your family and friends, the few routine destinations being the beautiful Lonavala, the beaches at Alibag, Matheran, Mahabaleshwar and Malshej ghat.



    You can also go to Pune from Mumbai on a weekend.

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  13. It’s not South Bombay, its Sobo


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    A new comer to Mumbai will look at you quizzically when you say your friend is from ‘Makabo’; and only you know it refers to a person who hails from ‘Malad, Kandhivali or Borivali.’ A suburb resident is called ‘Burbee’ and a south Mumbaikar is a ‘Sobo’.

  14. You use slang to get your way with anything


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    You grin cheekily at the police constable and respectfully call him ‘Bhau or Pandu’ to talk your way out of not wearing a helmet; you say ‘sawaal’ to a friend who complimented you on your new car; you say ‘Barabar’ for anything that cheers you up; and of course, you involuntarily add ‘ela’ to the end of every sentence that you use. It is a Mumbai thing; not everyone would understand

  15. Yes, I know Marathi. No, I am not Maharashtrian.

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    It does not matter whether you hail from Bihar or Kerala, if you have lived in Mumbai your whole life, then you know that Marathi carries a brand value that only a true Mumbaikar knows. So, if you are in the station and hear anyone asking ‘pudhchi train kinti mintat?’ you will answer them by saying ‘in the next 5 minutes’.

  16. You have gone to Bandstand with your boyfriend/girlfriend


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    You have visited this lovers point at some point in your life, especially during low tide when the rocks provide you and your partner the alone time you really need. Sure, it is very close to the palatial bungalow owned by Bollywoods ruling actor, Shah Rukh Khan; but you have gone there just to spend quality time with your better half.

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  17. Mumbai monsoons are worth the wait


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    You have been through the different phases of Mumbais dramatic rain showers and you wait patiently for it every year. The beginning of June arrives, and while others open their umbrellas, you welcome the rains with true Mumbai pride.

    Being a Mumbaikar is not an easy task. You learn to love the city not for what it has, but for what you make of it. The trains, the ‘ek chaalis ke last local’, the ‘ upvaas ki kachori’, the slangs thrown around casually, and the Bandra Sealink are just some of the few other things that makes your chest swell with pride and make you say ‘yeh hai Mumbai meri jaan’

Chethna Menon

A sly writer, unapologetic foodie and aspiring space traveler.

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