Life Of Mumbaikar

India
December 17, 2006 11:58am CST
In the recent survey made by an agency that mumbaikar's are the Rudest people on the planet, in my opinion, respective agency is being rude to india or the people of mumbai because i had seen the questions asked by the agency. In my opinion a city cant be judged based on ten or fifteen questions. Mumbai for me is more than a city, its true that a person who is new to mumbai might take time to adjust but once he is settled he will never want to live mumbai.
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32 responses
• India
17 Dec 06
well i too agree that mumbaikar's are not the rudest people bcz i have been once there , people are so friendly and as you said it just took me time to settle and adjust to the conditions and after that life looked smooth , and a simple survey cant judge 1000 lives. So to me Mumbai is as good as it is
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@mansha (6301)
• India
17 Dec 06
SOrry to say my experience was just the opposite. I met worst kind of snobs there. My ayah need top get a pass made to work in our colony and when she appraoched Police for verification she was not given that as she was from Karnataka even though she had been living here for sometime. People from shiv sena threatened her and she had to leave the city as shive sena workers do not want people from other state setteling down in their state. I have heard many people find it difficult to buy a house not talking of comfortably rich here, just because they are from different state. I thought mumbai or rather maharashtra was supposed to be part of India but it seems they have created their own country now.
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@dan1107 (343)
• India
17 Dec 06
Ya, I fully agree with you on this. The agency my not be rude for India, but they certainly seem to be happy to show poor conditions here. Thats why the touristers who come from abroad, like to take snaps of poor, hungry children and of the people who live in a pathetic condition. SO that they can show them in their country and have the feeling of wellness for them.
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• India
18 Dec 06
yeah...i totally agree
• India
18 Dec 06
Hello Everybody, this is Jayraj from Mumbai. I have born and brought-up in Mumbai. Really I feel pitty on the survey, because nobody can judge correctly just by 10/15 Q & A, about Any Place or Any Person. Moreover I feel personally, nobody should get upset by such short views, because they don't know Mumbai at all, just don't ignore them but teach them about our City and kindness of Mumbaikar's, which is having Internationally importance. Every coin is having two sides, like this every Place in this World is having Good and Bad/Evil. We, the Mumbaikars here are may be different in opinions on the various issues, but when bad/disaaster time comes, we help each other, without looking to their Cast,Community or from which State he belongs to. We help each other just as a Human-being. I will give you an example of 26th July 2005, rainflood in Mumbai, which most of them will never forget. Near Kurla Bus Depot, there is Mosque and our Muslim-brothers helped many people without asking their Cast/Community. They have not only offered tea and snacks but immediate shelter, who were suffering in the rain-flood and they have saved many lifes of Mumbaikar's. Just tell me, where you will get such friendly/brotherly treatment, that is in Mumbai because it is cosmopolitian city, where you will find people from every State of India and other part of the World. See, God has given you FIVE FINGERS, but are they same? No, then how you can say our Mumbai is rude? I can give you many examples of such kindness and brotherhood incidents. You can't judge anybody by his Dress only, but when you talk and live with him, then only you can understood his persanality of that man. I think, I have just done my duty as one of Mumbaikar to the statement of 'rude'. With love from my Mumbai. Jayraj
• India
24 Dec 06
Very Good response according to me. You have mentioned many positive points with regard to Mumbai. I appreciate u.
• India
18 Dec 06
Mumbai : A beautiful beach - A seaside photo of Mumbai.. so vast like the heart of Mumbaikar
THE MUMBAI..A dream city in which all indians want to settle. A city which never sleeps and having the busiest lifestyle. A happening city, a mumbaikar must be enjoying Mumbai's stay. Ever since the opening of the Suez Canal in the 1860s, the principal gateway to the Indian subcontinent has been MUMBAI (Bombay), the city Aldous Huxley famously described as "the most appalling . . . of either hemisphere". Travellers tend to regard time spent here as a rite of passage to be survived rather than savoured. But as the powerhouse of Indian business, industry and trade, and the source of its most seductive media images, the Maharashtrian capital can be a compelling place to kill time. Whether or nor you find the experience enjoyable, however, will depend largely on how well you handle the heat, humidity, hassle, traffic fumes, relentless crowds, and appalling poverty, of India's most dynamic, westernized city. First impressions of Mumbai tend to be dominated by its chronic shortage of space. Crammed onto a narrow spit of land that curls from the swamp-ridden coast into the Arabian Sea, the city has, in less than five hundred years since its "discovery" by the Portuguese, metamorphosed from an aboriginal fishing settlement into a sprawling megalopolis of over sixteen million people. Being swept along broad boulevards by endless streams of commuters, or jostled by coolies and hand-cart pullers in the teeming bazaars, you'll continually feel as if Mumbai is about to burst at the seams. The roots of the population problem and attendant poverty lie, paradoxically, in the city's enduring ability to create wealth. Mumbai alone generates nearly forty percent of India's GNP, its port handles half the country's foreign trade, and its movie industry is the biggest in the world. Symbols of prosperity are everywhere: from the phalanx of office blocks clustered on Nariman Point, Maharashtra's Manhattan, to the expensively dressed teenagers posing in Colaba's trendiest nightspots. The flip side to the success story, of course, is the city's much chronicled poverty. Each day, hundreds of economic refugees pour into Mumbai from the Maharashtrian hinterland. Some find jobs and secure accommodation; many more (around a third of the total population) end up living on the already overcrowded streets, or amid the squalor of Asia's largest slums, reduced to rag-picking and begging from cars at traffic lights. However, while it would definitely be misleading to downplay its difficulties, Mumbai is far from the ordeal some travellers make it out to be. Once you've overcome the major hurdle of finding somewhere to stay, you may begin to enjoy its frenzied pace and crowded, cosmopolitan feel
• India
18 Dec 06
MUMBAIKAR - MUMBAIKAR
Mumbaikar is the Marathi word to signify a resident of Mumbai. This term has gained more popularity after the formal renaming of the city from Bombay to Mumbai. People were known (in English) as Bombayites before the renaming. However the Marathi word was commonly used in local parlance. Generally speaking, the term encompasses a whole range of ethnicities and cultures of which Mumbai is a melting pot. A typical Mumbaikar or the Anglicised Mumbaiite comes across as an easy going person who can mix easily with people. It is rumoured to have heralded from the typical 'kar' at the end of Marathi people's surnames. (eg, Matondkar, Shirodkar, etc) Characteristic to a person native to, or born and brought up in, or naturalised to Mumbai is his/her Hindi which is markedly different from other "proper" dialects. It tends to be a lot more informal. Another characteristic is a sort of mild irreverence that comes across when a typical Mumbaikar speaks to others, and people from outside Mumbai (especially from the Hindi-speaking north) tend to feel offended initially when they speak to a Mumbaikar for the first time. This is not to say that they are outright impolite, just that the typical formality that one comes to expect is a bit lacking. A typical address to a person (friend, unrelated person or even a stranger) might start with "Boss...", instead of the more polite "Bhai-saab..." (brother) or "Sir..." or any other accepted norm of addressing someone. This is especially true of youngsters in college. However, women are most commonly addressed using "Behen-ji" (sister) or "Madam". Mumbaikars are usually found going about their routine work without paying too much attention to the time or goings-on. Indeed it is perhaps this apparent lack of time that makes Mumbaikars cut down on pleasantries and get straight to the point. A survey by journalists of the Reader's Digest, reported in June 2006, claimed Mumbaikars were the rudest city residents in the world from a comparison with 34 other principal cities. Mumbai was bottom with a score of 32%, against a top score of 80% in New York. However, Mumbaikars display great solidarity and large-heartedness in times of peril, examples being the July 26, 2005 flooding and the recent train bombings on July 11, 2006. In both cases, people did whatever they could to help the victims.
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@anup12 (4180)
• India
18 Dec 06
I totally agree with u it is unfair to judge by the answers which some people gives I have stayed in Mubai for almost 5 years and I feel it is a very nice city and there is space for everyone and the people are also quite gentle in nature
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@snakeyes (569)
• India
18 Dec 06
I completely agree with you, it is absolutely not fair to judge a city from a small review taking into account a few handful of people.any person going to a new place takes time to adjust to the surrounding and the culture but that in noway shows that the city is rude or anything else.
@sarkar1 (336)
• India
17 Dec 06
I have only one word for the agency-"bullshit",.....................authentic surveys are not taken by these agencies and then the publish such anamolous "stuff". I have lived here,for the past 19 years, and faced several bomb-blasts, scams and riots.................inspite of all these I have always been helped by complete strangers. Aftern all this, some foreign agency, writes such non-sense stuff, they should be dealt with strongly. Indians are known fo their strong cultural ethics , morals and hospitality: I cant seem to understand how did that agency have the audicity to write such "stuff".
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• India
17 Dec 06
I don't think so. mumbaikar's are very busy in their daily routine schedule they may be rude sometimes. i am born and brought up in MUMBAI. I LOVE AAMCHI MUMBAI.
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• India
18 Dec 06
Hebbal Flyover, Bangalore - My Home Sweet home!
Yes, in my view, the whole survey was done just to focus some bad light on India. The city, although very fast paced, is one of the greatest you'll ever come across. Some factors in this research were how many people actually Say thankyou, how many shopkeepers greet their customers. Such parameters vary from place to place. I'm a thorough Bangalorean and I feel that Bangalore is the best ever, but I can't comment much about Mumbai, although I've been there twice. All I can say is: IT'S NOT THE RUDEST IN THE WORLD!! Anyways, I hope it was an error there while typing, because you have written "...but once he is settled he will never want to live mumbai"Good day to you, bye.
• India
18 Dec 06
its not true at all...they r just really busy thats all
@darshakk (2142)
• India
17 Dec 06
yes i agree.mumbaikars r so busy in their schedule that they can ve rude sumtimes but when it comes to harmony we r not backwards ......mumbaikars rock.... which was that agency...
• India
18 Dec 06
life of mumbaikars really rocks but it not true that when we r busy we r rude yes life in mumbai is too fast n too busy
@tw99384 (260)
• Jodhpur, India
11 Jan 07
You are right! A person should first live in Mumbai to pass such comments! There is always a saying which goes " when in Rome be a Roman" So.... When in mumbai be a Mumbaikar....
@tw99384 (260)
• Jodhpur, India
11 Jan 07
You are right! A person should first live in Mumbai to pass such comments! There is always a saying which goes " when in Rome be a Roman" So.... When in mumbai be a Mumbaikar....
• India
23 Dec 06
ya rt..i dont think so..btw what is that agency..and what was the basis on which this agency made this baseless claim ?
@terita (280)
• Pakistan
18 Dec 06
The life of mumbaikar became standstill for a moment, everything seem to be stopped and everyone went into deep shock.
@terita (280)
• Pakistan
18 Dec 06
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The life of mumbaikar became standstill for a moment, everything seem to be stopped and everyone went into deep shock.
• India
18 Dec 06
Gate Way Of India. - A historical and beautiful monument...
Mumbai (known as Bombay until 1995) is a natural harbor on the west coast of India, and is the capital city of Maharashtra state. It is India's largest city, and one of the world's most populous cities. It is called the commercial capital of India. It has the Bombay Stock Exchange and all major financial trading is done here. INTRO: Formerly known as Mumbai it is the commercial & financial capital city of India. This port city (India's largest and busiest) accounts for a major share of the government's revenue, and has one of the world's largest harbour. In a recent survey of cities compiled, Mumbai is the fifth most expensive city in the world. 40% of this island city consists of reclaimed land from the sea. This mega cosmopolitan city is a city of contrasts. The deceptively calm sea, its beaches and fishing boats, give lie to a city, which is bursting at its seams with population, pollution and space. Over 60% of air pollution is due to the 7 lakh vehicles on the roads. Space constraints have given rise to towering skyscrapers standing majestically next to sprawling slums ( Dharavi -Asia's biggest slum is here). Haute cuisine besides hawker stalls. World renowned designer labels and brands to exquisite made in India items. People of various caste, culture, and religion inhabit the city, and due to this diversification the customs, languages, and even the food is of infinite variety. The language spoken here is Hindi & Hinglish which is street speak and slang a mixture of Hindi & English. The official state language though is Marathi. The city is multi religious, multi cultural, multilingual. ECONOMY: Besides being the financial & commercial capital, it has one of the largest cotton textile industries in the country. The biggest & busiest port in India. It has the largest source of oil and natural Gas. The largest stock exchange in India, and third largest exchange in the world! Mumbai is also the capital of India's Pharmaceutical Trade and Industry The city is a transit point- manufactured medicines come into the city from all over India and are stored in what are called central depots from where they are redistributed all over the country. Many multinationals & mega corporate head offices are located here, and the largest motion picture Industry in the world is here! The city is known for creating wealth, from the busy business tycoons to the beggars in the street everyone gets his share of the pie. 40% of India's GNP, is generated from this city. Its port handles 50% of the country's foreign trade. 40% of India's textile industry, and its citizens pay 1/3 of India's Income tax! Majorities of the people here are Hindus, followed by Muslims, Parsis, & Christians. The city has a growing population of 15 million. Due to the high level of congestion, population has grown in the suburbs and in Navi Mumbai particularly The city attracts a large number of migrants from the state and other parts of the country, specially from rural states. After this all is due to Mumbaikar,ULTIMATELY THIS IS THE LIFE OF MUMBAIKAR..Hows that..?
• India
18 Dec 06
Yes, I agree with you.Whether it is Mumbai or not, I strongly feel it is wrong to generalise something like this. Like saying Mumbaikars are rude, Delhiites have their nose in the air(just an example), French are quiet, etc, etc. It is definitely not 100% true in all the cases, whatever it may be. We are human beings and we all have similar emotions.
@sac_d2000 (155)
• Finland
18 Dec 06
I beleive mumbaitees are easy going people with no time to think about junk reports.I feel the agency should take some mumbaitees to other places in world then compare the the behavioural differences. At home everyone is king.
@jujurox (24)
• India
18 Dec 06
thats not true....mumbaikars are a very busy lot...maybe thats y they appear rude to others