Surabhi Adhikari doesn’t seem to be bothered anymore by the 2,938 kilometre that separates her home and the new city. She moved to the city of dreams from Assam a couple of months ago when she joined college for her undergraduate degree. Residing at the remotest corner of the city, Panvel, Surabhi feels that the city has some aura that tends to make you feel at home. She would never have thought about moving in to a place that is exactly opposite to her hometown but she feels Mumbai convinced her to stay.
What she likes
What fascinates Surabhi the most is that the city truly never sleeps. “Being from Assam, while going out late, I would find minimal amount of people on the roads but Mumbai surprised me by the same population on the roads at night that is during the daytime,” she said.
Surabhi has started developing a love for the overcrowded but convenient form of transport system — the local trains. “Almost, every place is well-connected through the local trains. It feels as if the places aren’t that far actually!” she added.
The city of opportunities welcomes everyone with open arms, she feels. “Mumbai indeed is a city of opportunities. Such diversity in just a city is unseen and unheard of.” Well her love for seafood also is something that makes her feel home. “The seafood here is amazing. I don’t miss home for it!” she said.
What she dislikes
The weather is not growing on her though. Surabhi said, “I hate this annoying-humid-and-extra-hot weather here during summers. Since I just moved here, I haven’t been able to experience the famous ‘Mumbai ki baarish’, though my experience so far with the weather is hideous.”
The biggest challenge for Surabhi here is the expense. “Being a college student, it is indeed very difficult to catch up with the expenses in Mumbai. Even if I have to go out only on the weekend, by Monday, I have almost nothing left in my bag without even doing much. Apart from the locals, the travelling is pretty expensive.”