Mumbai has been talked about and featured in thousands of books and movies. For Manisha Singh (32), who moved to the city only 10 days ago, all the claims these books and movies made have turned out to be true. Having moved here from Bangalore for a job opportunity in Mondelez, she finds the city’s way of life fascinating and the people energetic.
She is currently living with her husband in a rented apartment in Wadala and unlike many Mumbaikars, her fear of the local trains keeps her from using the much loved rakes to get to her workplace.
What she likes:
The discipline with which people operate in the city and their time management skills awe Manisha. “There is discipline in the small nuance of people segregating their spoons and plates so as to save time. I think it goes to say a lot about their timeliness,” she said.
She also appreciates the laid back nature of the public when it comes to having a good time. “My husband and I were sitting at a table in a restaurant, and three persons whom we did not know joined us. At first, we were slightly uncomfortable, but looking at how casually they were behaving, we loosened up a little too. I think this sort of a culture in unique to Mumbai,” she said.
What she doesn’t like:
Mumbai is one of the more humid cities of India, and that does not go down well with Manisha, who is used to Bengaluru’s cool weather.
On the lack of space in the city, she said, “The houses are so closely packed. I also don’t like how houses here don’t sport balconies. I don’t know why, but it is put off for me.”