DEEPAK KUMAR (24) moved to Mumbai seven months ago, to start his career as a business journalist with a financial news website. The fascinating career opportunities provided by the city, in its stature as the financial capital of the country, is what made him choose Mumbai over the rest.
For Deepak, Mumbai is poles apart from Abu Dhabi, the place he was born and brought up in. He describes Abu Dhabi as a quieter place, with much cleaner surroundings and a slower pace of life. However, he says that while Abu Dhabi has a vibrant expatriate population, it still lacked the cultural diversity, that sets the city of Mumbai apart.
What he likes
He is in awe of how people from different parts of the country can settle in Mumbai easily and call the city their home, and credits the locals for being warm and welcoming. “The city is full of helpful people. From patiently giving directions, to striking random conversations on the local, people here are extremely friendly,” says Deepak. He also gives a big thumbs up to the eateries that the city houses. A self-confessed foodie, he loves trying out different cuisines from city restaurants – be it the Italian pizzas or South-Indian dosas, to South-Asian momos and the city’s very own vada pavs.
What he doesn’t like
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While he confesses to knowing what he was getting into, he still cannot stand the fact that there is not enough space for the people living in the city. “We are all like ants living in a giant colony. I am paying most of what I earn for a matchbox sized apartment. One is forced to take trains for commuting even shorter distances as the road traffic is unbearable sometimes,” rues Deepak.
The sanitation is another major concern that Deepak has, as a resident of the city. “Rat infestation is a major problem. The water bodies are poorly maintained. There is a stench that follows you when you exit most of the local stations. The city can learn better sanitation practices from its global counterparts,” suggests Deepak.