I have always believed in keeping myself physically fit through exercise. In this increasingly competitive and unpredictable world, fitness is often overlooked by most of us. So, as a part of my fitness regime, I chose to run from Bandra to Churchgate in order to keep myself physically strong and active. As I passed through various areas and localities, I got to see a completely new side to the city I fondly call home.
Most of the places I got to explore were areas I have seen develop as I grew up. It is surprising to see how Mumbai has changed over the past few decades – deep-rooted into its culture, while also embracing modernization with open arms. Places that were once home to small, two-storied buildings are now sprawling with skyscrapers. Mill compounds are now home to some of the finest business parks in the city. However, with development, comes a feeling of fear and insecurity, which was once absent in the minds of Mumbaikars.
Today, tension dominates the minds of the average citizen. With an ever-increasing population, crime rates are also rising, and people constantly worry about the safety and well-being of their loved ones. Today, I continue to adapt to these changing times, and aim to create as many solutions as I can every single day, as I miss those strong foundations of peace and fearlessness that this city was built on. I am extremely sure, that one day Mumbai will revert back to its old state of peace and happiness through the solutions we have to offer, and especially due to the people’s undying love for each other.
In spite of these growing insecurities and safety concerns over time, Mumbai has one charm which I have not seen in most cities – a mutual feeling of harmony exists between everyone, and the city stands united in both the good and bad times. The city has seen the best and worst of everything, and yet has stood through the test of time, emerging stronger each day. Mumbai is not merely a city; it is a legacy of our glorious past.
With the younger generation spearheading the development of Mumbai by adding their millennial touch to it, it is time for us to entrust them with our home. It is our duty to pass on the torch and let the next generation work their magic on this majestic haven.