Where are you from?
That’s always a very difficult question for me. Although I spent a few years in Delhi, I grew up in Dubai and Indonesia. I decided to move permanently to Mumbai a few months ago, right after completing a Bachelor’s degree in human rights at Bard College in New York.
Why did you come to Mumbai?
It seemed like a great place to work; there are so many opportunities here. I have a job right now as a researcher and campaign manager at Majlis, which is a legal centre for women who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
What do you like about Mumbai?
There’s always a lot to do here, events in theatre, art and music, and incredible restaurants. I also love that people here are so independent.
What do you not like about Mumbai?
The traffic, of course. I live near Kurla so it’s no joke. Also, living here is so expensive. Restaurants can easily price a vada pav at Rs 400! There aren’t enough chilled-out bars too. Most are crowded and play loud music.
What is a memorable experience you’ve had here?
I remember the first time I had malai gola, it was amazing. I had never tasted a gola with condensed milk and butterscotch flavour before. I had it while I was spending an afternoon on Juhu Beach, where there was also some great pav bhaji. It was a very nice day.
What’s your favourite spot in the city?
I go to Rock Beach all the time, even though it can be a little shady. It’s a very quiet beach, which is hard to find in the city. The first time I went there, I was on a horrible date, and wished the guy would disappear so I could enjoy the place by myself.
Which city do you prefer — Delhi or Mumbai?
Mumbai is better than Delhi in every way. People are more civil on the roads, and you can get help quite easily. People are less snobbish. I feel safer here. I also love the trains, they help you understand the city so much better. Finally, I quite like the weather here. I think the humidity is good for my skin and hair.