The one-off character of Mumbai and London that I loved

Having lived in Delhi for the most part of my life, I wanted to visit other metropolitans of the world. At the first chance, I got to live in Mumbai; I jumped at it. However, I must say I felt nostalgic about Delhi like anything. I could visit my hometown only 3-4 times a year, but the feeling of longing for ‘maa ke hath ka khana’ grew even stronger when I visited London for a few months after some time. Keeping my personal feelings aside, I had my own share of experiences in both these cities that I want to share.

The spirit

Both London and Mumbai have a timeless character attached to them. The spirit of Mumbai matches that of London; you can roam around the city at any time you want during the day or night. The local environment of both the cities does not let you feel unsafe at any point in time. I was also elated to see the seamless blend of steel skyscrapers and period architecture.

The population mixture

The mini-world of London attracts talent and money from all corners of the world. I found the Koreans residing in New Malden, the Arabs dwelling in Bayswater, the Portuguese living in Stockwell; the Turkish, the Kurds, and the Turks in Islington, Hackney, and Cypriots Haringey; the Pakistanis and Bangladeshis residing in Newham and Tower Hamlets, the Indians in Wembley and Southall, the Nigerians dwelling in Peckham and the Jamaicans living in Brixton. All these people belonging to different cultures are proof that the London is a blend of multiple cultures from around the world. 

In a similar fashion, Mumbai is also an amalgamation of different cultures from all parts of the country and the world. The Huguenots, the Jews, the West Indians, the South Asians, etc. came to Mumbai and made the city their home.  Parel, Dadar, and Worli comprise of a large number of Maharashtrian population, the residents of Ghatkopar and Vile Parle are mostly Gujaratis. The South Indian population resides in Matunga, Bandra houses the Catholic population, the Sindhis live in Chembur; a huge population of Muslims lives in Santa Cruz, Bhendi Bazar, and Crawford Market, the Parsees reside in Malabar Hill, people from Bihar and UP live in Mulund and Goregaon, the Punjabi people live in Juhu, and the Sikhs mostly reside in Andheri. This is a huge mix of culture and population in just a small city of Mumbai.

The contribution of migrants

Migrants play a significant role in the development of a metropolitan like Mumbai and London. For a few established reasons, research has stated that the migrants make better employees as compared to the natives, work harder, are more skilled, and do not mind doing jobs that locals look down on. For the purpose of having a better life and earning more income, migrants often move to cities like Mumbai and London. The migrants who moved to Mumbai have made major contributions to fields such as financial services, theater, media, advertisement, and fashion. Moreover, the migrants happily take up basic jobs such as the distribution of milk and newspapers, selling of fruits and vegetables, and several other services, which are essential for the efficient running of a city.

The transportation

The best part about Mumbai and London is their efficient public transportation. In addition to auto rickshaws, pull carts, cabs, buses, and metros, the financial capital of India has now come up with Self-Drive Car Rental Mumbai, just like it is already there in London. Although there is hardly any gap in the movements of fast-paced cities, Mumbai quickly catches up with anything that is left to be the number one city in India.