Welcome to Mumbai - a city of contrasts, chaos & charisma.

Amidst the blaring of a bazillion horns, the bustle of its dirty streets, and towering concrete monoliths, Mumbai is a masterpiece of contrasts.

Personally, I hate this city - a sentiment often echoed in the face of its eye-watering property prices, unending traffic snarls, and the layers of grime on Mumbai's streets. And yet, this city keeps pulling over 5M migrants year on year.

It's a wonder the city doesn’t have a ‘houseful’ board at all ports of entry, given the sheer volume of souls vying for space.
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This city is not for the faint-hearted, especially when it comes to its infamous traffic. The unending waits in congested lanes, the cacophony of honks, and the chaos that ensues at every junction can make even the most patient soul question their sanity.

Since there's hardly any space - unimagined opulence and absolute destitution are packed in close quarters. From the grandeur of SoBo (South Mumbai)'s heritage structures to the gazillion slums, Mumbai's socio-economic spectrum is as vast as the Arabian Sea that hugs its coast.

You see what I mean?

Mumbai operates at a frenetic pace, like a massive ant colony. The local trains ferry a couple of hundred thousand souls who arrive each day, chasing their dreams in the city's concrete jungle. This place pulsates with the energy of a live wire, driven by aspirations that range from Bollywood stardom to financial success.

Imagine Mumbai as a rookie Uber driver with a dying phone battery and a faulty charger - it's a race against time, a whirlwind of activity that never truly stops.

The essence of this port city lies in its dhandha—the relentless pursuit of riches and trade. The spirit of enterprise cuts through the musty air like a knife, where survival of the fittest isn't just a phrase; it's a way of life.

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Mumbai is a beast - a chaotic, unpredictable, and resilient beast. It's a beast that tests your limits and rewards your courage. The city's pace is relentless, its demands unyielding. And yet, there's an inexplicable allure in its chaos. It's the kind of place that makes you feel insignificant amidst its towering skyscrapers, yet empowers you with a sense of belonging.

Its unreal.