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Mumbai and its diversity

“Home is where the heart is.”

- Roman naval commander, Pliny the Elder

Mumbai. How do I begin describing this city?

A city full of dreamers and hard-labourers. The street-food, the multiple dimensions of cultures,the beaches, the well-known chai stalls, and the delicious chaat. The local trains, rickshaws, ferry services, wrecking monsoons, street shopping, the famous dabbawalas, and the notorious traffic. The epochal architecture, dazzling modern high rises, cultural and traditional structures, and whatnot.

India’s financial capital, and home to most of Bollywood’s favourites, as well as world-famous businesspersons. This breathtaking city is driven by glamour, wealth, fame, brilliant work-culture, and important ethics.

Mumbai was previously known as Bombay, a name founded for the magnificent city by the British. When the regional political party, Shiv Sena, came into power in 1995, the name was changed from Bombay to Mumbai, to honour the local deity, Mumbadevi.

Crawford Market, The Queen’s Necklace (Marine Drive), Elephanta Caves, Colaba Causeway, Juhu Beach, The Gateway Of India, Prince Of Wales Museum, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Siddhivinayak Mandir, Jama Masjid, Mount Mary Church, Bandra-Worli Sea-Link, are some of the most exquisite places that make up this city.

Every city has its flaws. In the case of Mumbai, it is crowded with poverty and is home to Asia’s largest slum, located in Dharavi. Dharavi is also one of the world’s most populated areas and has suffered from many epidemics and other disasters, including a widespread plague in 1896 which killed over half of the population of Bombay. Sanitation in the slums remains poor till date. However, Mumbai's attractions still remains our pride.

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