When I First Left Home

The call of the oriental enigma was ringing truly in my heart as I moved to Mumbai, the financial capital of India in 2008. The only other city I heard of before I arrived in Mumbai was New Delhi, the capital territory. Being a student of History, I had a read a lot on the diversity of the nation – be it ethnic, religious or cultural. The city of Mumbai is a metropolis, and is populated with people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds, all living in peace and harmony.

My reason for leaving Massachusetts and visiting Mumbai was a personal one. It was more of a leisure vacation than anything else, and I thoroughly enjoyed the buzzing pulse of the city. Since it was for the first time in my life that I was staying so far away from home, my university mates cracked jokes on me saying that I might get ‘lost’ in jostling Indian population. Just meandering along the platforms of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) Railway Station gave me an idea of crowd. Other than observing the enormous rush of people during peek hours, I also appreciated the Victorian Gothic style of architecture that attributes an imposing aura to the station building.

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(Mumbai.org.uk, n. d.)The generosity of spirit among the commoners was palpable as I walked around different parts of Mumbai. Each individual I chanced to come across greeted me with smile and guided me in finding the primary city attractions. The languid afternoon air in the Marine Drive soothed me most as I made it a point to visit that place every alternate afternoon. The Gateway of India, which was built to mark the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to the then Bombay city, cast a spell on me.

As I left the country after a brief fortnight stay, I carried vivid impressions that I will cherish forever.Work CitedMumbai.org.uk. (n. d.

). “Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus”. February 10, 2009. <http://www.mumbai.org.uk/victoria-terminal.html>

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