From Bandra To Churchgate – A Journey Of Distance And Time

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.

Youth – The Torch-Bearers Of Our Legacy

In today’s world, it is interesting to observe a change in the way people perceive children. Once the lowest common denominator of all products and services, they are now at the forefront of a lot of daily activities. An average child today may possess a lot more knowledge than the average adult knew thirty to forty years ago. Apart from the propagation of knowledge, technology has also helped children develop faster. Our little ones are now out there, setting records, making our nation famous and much more. When I visited the Sakal Schoolympics in Pune, it reminded me of what our younger generation is truly capable of achieving. Seeing those children excelling in various sports was a beautiful sight.

As I reached the venue, what I witnessed was unreal – over 30,000 students from over 400 schools participated in the event. The events involved 21 sports which the children had to partake in, in order to compete. The highly energetic way with which these children went about their activities is truly inspiring. On that day, I actually realized that by being a part of this rat race, we often forget to embrace the child in ourselves. The athletic, mischievous side of ours remains unused and unseen for long periods, and often fades away eventually. It is important for our young ones to not leave that side, and even more important for us to create a world where they don’t have to let go of their younger selves. The day that happens, we will have champions, geniuses, creative maestros, etc. in each and every household.

People often say that India has the potential to create even more champions in global events like the Olympics. At the Sakal Schoolympics, I saw a potential champion in every child there. It is our responsibility to make them realize this potential in them and guide them towards victory. Now, as we create a better world as every generation passes, it is time for us to hand the torch to a younger, brighter generation, that will guide the country to a brighter and prosperous tomorrow.

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