Monday, 16 April 2012 | By: AbhiLaSH RuHeLa

Feeling of being a 3 year old MUMBAIKAR !!!

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       For the whole night, I was awake and brisk. The excitement to see the new sun bringing a change in life was creeping on very deep inside me. Everything seemed as if I am leaving a bad past to bring on a transmogrification in my loser life. For the whole night, I kept browsing my Mobile's contact list to find a name to whom I can send a text and tell the amount of excitement and zeal I had in me. It was not the first time that I was to travel by train. Neither was it the first time that the shifting was taking place in my life. My father being a very risky person keeps changing his job every now and then, resulting in change of city and then the adaptation takes place. So, it was one another phenomena that this was happening. But, it was a rare moment this time. At 5.35 AM, I and my parents caught the train at Nashik station. After half an hour, my parents slept, but who had the daring to make Mr. Excited close his eyes and rest his body. I started messaging selected friends and tried to show the exact feelings my heart was going through- "Hey buddy, its one hour and I would be in your city for the whole life" and what I got back was more exciting than this- "Wow. I am coming tomorrow to meet you" "Hey, are you really shifting? Was waiting for you from a long time" and many different messages trying to depict the same feeling and meaning. And finally, on 15th April, 2009, at 9:10 AM, I stepped on the land of Mumbai. :-)

            Being in a colony campus at a backward region in Maharashtra for first 16 years of my life, then being in Aurangabad for several months, and then is Nashik for 2 years, I always had a dream to reside in Mumbai. But it wasn't getting possible because of several dramatic situations that were going on with my super-duper amazing life. But, finally, when my father said to me that "You and your mother will have to shift to Mumbai as I am trying to take several jumps in job. So, it's better that both of you shift to Mumbai and you take your professional education there so that you get a good one" . He may not have imagined but rather than education, I imagined almost everything of Mumbai that I saw in movies and news channels. The names like Andheri, Bandra, Colaba, Matunga, Malad, Parel, Churchgate, Mumbai VT, Gateway of India and several others started revolving around. The film city, the origin of Bollywood, the residence of Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Chetan Bhagat and several other idols started capturing me like a passion captures an artist's mind. And out of all this, the most that excited me was the Monsoon of Mumbai and Traveling by Local Train. Other additions were innumerable malls and multiplexes in Mumbai. As I lived for first 16 years in a backward region of Maharashtra, the radio channels which we got to hear there were the one of Mumbai's. So, right from my childhood, I had a virtual and long-distance relationship with Mumbai which turned into reality at 9:10 AM on 15th of April, 2009.

            Today, its 3rd anniversary of the most cool and exciting tag that I achieved of being a "MUMBAIKAR". Here, when I see people speeding towards their work in the early morning, I get a push to be as speedy as them. In the evening, when I see people having some snacks and soft-drinks before catching their final train of the day, I do the same to kick all the exhaustion of the day away from me before showing my face to my family members. In the season of shower, when I get dipped into water, I feel so proud of being a part of this rain which is famous all over India. When I step up into a mobbed coach of local train, I feel special to be one of those commuters who are being talked in newspaper almost every 2nd day. Sometimes when I travel by road, and I get trapped in traffic, rather than getting frustrated on losing the precious time of my life doing nothing on road, I feel myself as a real Mumbaikar getting stuck in traffic and being late to wherever I am up to. :-) This is the level of craziness I have in me. :-)

             Here, when I find several passionate flocks of people, I find myself to be one of them. Sometimes, I find a group of rockers in train having guitars on their back. Sometimes, I find some management guys in their formal uniform talking about how to fool their boss for their next promotion and increment. Sometimes, I find some freshers having their resume and lots of certificate declaring their success in the past. :-) Sometimes, I get to see businessmen doing some financial transactions through their laptops or palmtops sitting in the local train or a crowded platform. I see troops of strong girls returning from their dance classes or a competition. I see small children of not more than 10 visiting malls without any guardian and talking smartly with the counter-boy. And, then I look in the mirror, and assess myself to be one of the achiever of being in the vindication of this non-stoppable merits. I have certain dreams that I want to achieve. I don't need them in life but this city asks me to go beyond my capabilities and thoughts, and achieve something which may give me a name in the "FAME LIST" of this city. And, as I can see the amount of fledged-ness and development in me in the last 3 years, I think I will improve lot more. 

            Mumbai has changed me. Now, I more believe in the company we be with rather than the destiny God has written for us. The environment of the previous cities/towns in which I passed my life isn't too achieving and motivating. And hence, I used to be happy with whatever small I achieved. The exploring life that I get to live in Mumbai definitely is missing there. And therefore, when someone asks me if I would ever like to leave Mumbai and live in some other city or hill-station with silence and peace later on, my answer is a straight NO. I love the running people here. I love the population here. I love the danger of terrorism here. I love almost everything I get to deal in with this city which seems to be Irritation to other outsiders/insiders in the city. I feel so blithe and joyous to tell all of you that I am a 3-year old child of this city now. And, years are just going to proliferate from here. I wish to get buried in the land of this city. Sorry, in our custom, we are burnt. So, I wish to turn ashes on the land of Mumbai. :-) 


    Enough spoken. 

   Thanks.

  ABHILASH RUHELA - VEERU

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Anonymous said...

Loved it. . . Specially last few lines plus the pic. . .

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

My dear, name please?? and thanks a lot for complimenting the last few sentences. :-)

Anamika said...

Nice !! wish i could be der someday n will surely get ur autograph...its a dream..Jai Mumbai !!Jai Maharashtra !!

Aarthi Baskaran said...

woow!! trust me..!! am in love with your blogs.. it's mind blowing.. keep writing.. and i will keep reading it.. :)and yeah the picture is really good. even i love the city in same way...i hope i will write the same about mumbai in fews days.. lol!!

Anonymous said...

Nice post man :)
keep writing

Vinit Bansal said...

a phenomenal work again!!! superb ABhi

sim cards uk said...

You don't say why you are there which makes it difficult to advise you. I agree with you, this child should not be in a mainstream nursery class. Apart from anything else, the other children need to be protected from her.

aritra said...

Awesome pic Yaar. I felt my dreams and aspirations mirrored through your words and feelings. It gives me immense pleasure to go to Mumbai sometime soon and settle there. My heart really skips a beat when anything concerning Mumbai comes up. If I have a story about me, I would like it to be called 'Mumbai Calling'. Keep writing these blogs and spread joy. You're doing a great job, and deed. :-)

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Anamika, my autograph? Its a mere signature only. There's no value of my signature in this world of enthusiasm. :-) I am not a star or something. Just a boy as u r a girl in this world. :-) I hope that u get a chance to visit Mumbai soon.

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Aarthi, I am so happy to hear about your love with my blog.. :-) Its good to see such great readers of my blog here with me.. yes, u will surely think of Mumbai in the same way.

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Thanks Vinit sir.

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Aritra, amazing tile "Mumbai calling". You should have suggested this to me before this post. :-) And yes, Mumbai does the same with me too

Anamika said...

oh cm'on nw r being too modest..god u r an enthusiastic blogger n u have a huge fan following...n offcourse for nw n years to come u r already der in my celeb list..so i'm toh waiting...fingers crossed..n yes signature ko autograph banne mein zyada waqt nai lagne wala... bas aapki book publish n launch ki deri h..bestseller toh hogi hi n fir itni crowd me ek lambi si line me lagna padega autograph k liye...

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Ab main aur kuch toh nahi bolunga par itna hi kahunga k koi line wine toh nahi hi hogi. haha. :-)

Anamika said...

Aacha aacha..line wine nai hogi..full on mob hoga matlab..autograph k liye dhakka mukki ho rhi hogi..chalo aise bi sahi hai...

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Ab mujhe koi defend nahi karna hai. :-)

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