Tall, slim, dark brown eyes and thick black mane- that was Janvi. The kind of girl that guys look for. But at the moment she was looking into Vishal’s deep black eyes and he was looking into hers. ‘Hosh walon ko kya khabar bekhudi kya cheez hai’, played in the background. The coffee in both the cups on the table had turned ice cold from piping hot. It was like a dream.
‘What are you doing here?’, came an unknown voice breaking their reverie. Janvi turned to see a sweet looking girl sounding equally bitter, standing behind her. It was Gauri, Vishal’s new junior, whom he supposedly, was mentoring.
‘What is the girl doing with you here?’, was her next question and pat came the reply from Vishal “Oh! She is just a friend”. Janvi was shocked. She felt the ground beneath her feet collapse. Was this her boyfriend from five years speaking?
Gauri turned towards Janvi and yelled madly “I know you are his friend and all but what the hell brings you here”.
All the people in the cafe were looking at them, watching the drama unfold. Janvi was too shocked to reply and Vishal just stood dumb.
Tears welled from Janvi’s eyes as the reality of the situation sinked in her mind. Her world had turned upside down. From the past five years her life revolved around Vishal. The day started with him and ended with him. Life without him was unimaginable. She just hoped it was a bad dream but sadly it wasn’t.
Janvi started walking towards the exit. Vishal made no attempt to stop her. Gauri who was silent for a while suddenly threw her arms around Vishal and shouted “Don’t you dare come between us”. Still no response from Vishal. Janvi simply continued walking, her eyes clouded with tears…
It is time to say good bye to the city in which I lived, loved and loved to live. When I came to this city it was not entirely by choice and I have had my fair share of struggle settling down in the city. An unknown metro city, no friends, no relatives , no acquaintances — not an easy journey. Add to it the the crowd, traffic, pollution and noise. I was convinced this is ‘THE HELL’.
But as it is said nobody is immune to the charms of the ‘Maya Nagari’, it turned out that I was no exception. As time passed I found my sanity in the Mumbai Madness and very soon the city became my very own. Contrary to the popular belief that the Mumbaikars are too busy to help anybody, the people, the cabbies, rickshawallh all were very helpful.
I got a good place to stay, found a bunch of great friends, got used to local trains and life was different. Now I can look back and say “Those were the best days of my life”. I have had my moments from getting autograph from The Big B to getting caught by the TC in spite of having a pass( It was just the first time and I got the pass issued from CST instead of Churchgate ) . I have seen most shades of the city, in all the seasons from amazing events like Mumbai Marathon to the fateful 26/11. A lot of things about Mumbai have left an indelible mark in my memory. Listing just a few things I will miss about the city:
- The Indomitable spirit and the Bindaas attitude
- Road side Pani-puri
- Evening stroll on Marine drive
- Visits to the Queen of suburbs- Bandra: Bandstand, hill road, linking road
- Sunday trips to Churchgate and Colaba, Chowpatty
- Bandra-Worli Sea Link
- The Late night outings ( not all cities are as safe as Mumbai)
- A very Convinient public transport system esp. local trains
- Phoenix Mall and all the innumerable malls that I frequented
- Pastries from Shrinathji, palak sabji from Greens…
- Getting out alive and unhurt from a Virar fast
- The fervour during Ganapati festival esp. Lalbaugcharaja
- Visits to National park and Kanheri caves
and the list goes on….
But this list wouldn’t have been possible if it was not for my friends out here. That includes my lovely roomies, my colleagues (who were more of friends than colleagues), my Kannada group and all the other friends whom I met during my journey.
Merci Beaucoup Everybody!!!
I am moving to Namma Bengaluru from Amchi Mumbai. Embarking on a new journey with a loads of memories and lessons learnt. Hoping to come back some time and never go out of touch with all you wonderful guys out there.
. This one does not any topic. Just to tell my dear friends and readers that I’m alive. Just been a bit busy. Will post something very soon.