(Above picture was clicked during Ganesh Chaturti festival in Mumbai – September 11th 2010, Saturday)

Bombay means fun. Means people. Means crowd. Means the endless names of places. Means beautiful lanes. Means markets. Means shopping. Means fashion. Means bollywood. Means tall buildings. Means money. Means business. Means culture. Means religion. Means clubs and parties. Means loud music. Means gateway of india. Means pigeons. Means love. But it means many more to many people.

The above picture was clicked during my recent visit to Mumbai. This moment of capture did impact me a lot. If you haven’t noticed it yet, well, in the picture one can see that its a hindu festive celebration where a muslim is an active participant too. This moment moved me a lot. We speak Mumbai is full of terrorism, religion conflicts, so on and so forth. Well, not really. Not anymore at-least. I can see India shining in this picture. Yes. In true spirit, we need such unity with people, more closeness for fellow beings and  equal treatment among varied classes of human beings for us to grow, prosper as a nation.

Also, I had a friend of mine in Mumbai narrating me as to, how an Auto-Rickshaw wala, while traveling asked my friend about few reputed colleges because he wanted to get his 8th standard studying daughter into it. Look at the Auto wala’s meticulous planning. I was moved by this when I heard about it. We are improving as a nation. If we can accept the spirit of the auto wala and encourage him despite our socio-economic status, oh yes, we are on the right path. This is unity in diversity.

Bombay meant a lot to me. A real lot. I wish to see such things in India as a whole. More of Humane, Happy and Humorous people.

P.S: And yeah, to share my experience, Mumbai is totally awesome. Loved it a lot. Should definitely thank Preetha and her family (Latha didi, her dad and mom) for making my stay the best.