Illustration by @roeqie
Posting this, I realize it’s been a while since an “Everyday people” testimony in their city hasn’t been posted. So, I’m even more excited to publish this one, from my dear friend Bex who lives in Mumbai for a few months now.
Bex is a case of “friendship at first sight”. We met at an event organised by Stylist UK with our favourite authoress Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. After that, every encounter was deep conversations and discoveries (& also good food). She is everything that I love: kindness, intelligence and openness to the world. Funny thing is she is living in one of my dream city: it’s a promise to myself to go one day in Mumbai to discover more about my Indian inheritance, and now I’m glad I will also be around my friend.
This is her Mumbai, Enjoy!
Since when do you live in Mumbai?
I moved to Mumbai in November 2017. I had wanted to move to India since I taught and travelled here eight years ago. I am very lucky that an opportunity came up!
What makes Mumbai so special?
Mumbaikars are welcoming, accepting and kind. The sea is close meaning a breeze blows through the city jumble of palm trees and temples and street food and shops and cows and SUVs and a flexible attitude that makes anything happen. It is like nowhere else.
Pros/cons of living in this city?
It is warm! And people are wearing thick jumpers in 25 degrees.
Air pollution can be really bad.
What is your most memorable moment as a local?
I’m volunteering in the counselling team of an NGO and placed in different schools for first generation school goers. The most memorable moment has been dancing with the school team and a group of mothers for Holi festival and putting turmeric on our faces and eating delicious food cooked by the mothers for us.
Your favourite restaurant/brunch/pub/social venue:
French crepes! Suzette, Bandra https://g.co/kgs/negvxZ
Bombay Salad! https://goo.gl/maps/1RKasbLMYaP2
Your favourite clothing/beauty shop:
You favourite bookshop/museum/music venue:
In your opinion how would you qualify the way of life where you live or Can you tell us more about the quality of life there?
The quality of life here is so spoilt for me and I am very much enjoying that while trying to also learn Hindi and volunteer and assimilate somewhat into the local culture.
What is the best with People from Mumbai?
People are friendly and like to laugh and are very open and tactile and also self-aware about cultural norms that are different.
Give one word that describes your relationship with the city: