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| Everyday People | They Got That Vibe















Sterile cities with glass concrete structures filled with the suited and booted with minds loaded with materialistic hunger is never the kind of place that appeals to me.

I was proper happy to find myself being dispatched to Mumbai for work a little while ago. Despite a tight schedule, I managed to claim a couple of hours to myself, my camera and the crazy crazy streets of Mumbai.

Mumbai is mad place. A magical place that straddles mayhem and chilled-outness in a mad bag of tricks. Its streets are insanely busy with traffic piled up for miles and miles (I was told by a taxi driver that during the evening rush hour, the traffic can be slower than 1 mile an hour!), rubbish scattered and growing everywhere, so many stray dogs that the mind boggles and the noise! The noise is unrelenting! Yet somehow, the people are so chilled out. I know a thing or two about living in large cities, I was born and bred in Tokyo and live in London yet none of these places have the mysterious vibe that hangs over Mumbai. I realized that this “vibe” comes from the citizens of Mumbai, who seem to take everything in their stride, the madness, the mayhem, the dirt, the noise, come what may, they can deal with it with a smile and a philosophical acceptance. 

Thanks for reading.
Hiro

6 comments:

  1. Hiro! I know little about the city other than in movies, tv ect but i feel i get the vibe quite well from what you wrote, wrote so well too. you paint a great picture.

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  2. Thanks for the amazing photos Hiro.

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  3. Ugh, I am totally opposite. Cities like Mumbai do not appeal to me at all. Poverty scares me, and makes me unhappy. Seeing little children living in poverty makes me very, very unhappy. So, in order not to be unhappy, and not to suffer from sadness, I avoid such places. But, yes! I totally understand that such places can be magical. As long as one does not live in them!
    Sandra

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    1. Hello Sandra. Poverty should not scare you. Most of the world live in poverty, this is reality. Sadness can make our hearts richer too. I would live in Mumbai because I can learn from this place and these people probably much more than I can here in London.

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  4. Oh this makes me "homesick". I spent five months in this city and ever since I got back to Europe I just long for Bombay.. Its a harsh city in so many ways that requires a lot of patience, but also so rewarding, and the people are magnificent. So friendly, so helpful, so generous, so creative, so hopeful, so hard working, working towards a dream. I cannot wait to go back. The traffic and the streetdogs are not missed.. But the people..

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    1. Your comment hit the nail on the head! The people are magnificent and it is the people that make a place nothing else. I was so shocked with all the street dogs....

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