Saturday, August 3, 2013

Mumbai : Survivor City

Met these wonderful people in the meat, fruit and vegetable market in Florence. The lady runs a popular stall with the best mozarella I have ever eaten! And that's her father looking after her two year old daughter while she works. Women are just so fabulous!
This appeared in Mumbai Mirror today.....
      Mumbai :  Survivor  City
I am not a mushy person. But Mumbai makes me mushy. Unashamedly so. I wish I could provide an apt translation for the word ‘mushy’ in Marathi / Telegu / Hindi / Punjabi / Bengali / Tamil / Gujarati etc. etc. But that would just kill this delicate emotion called love. That’s the funny thing about language – any language. It has its own rhythm , it’s own specificity and its own terrible beauty.   You use and interpret it at your own peril. As I discovered last week. Without revisiting the aftermath of what followed my innocuous tweet, one thing I did realize very swiftly: Mumbai arouses deep and abiding passions. Nobody can remain indifferent to this gloriously insane city. Mumbai touches the life of anyone and everyone who has been lucky enough to live here – even briefly. Mumbai transforms you in a way that few other cities do. It is a magnet and a serpent. It can save and destroy. Nurture and reject. Caress or bite. Mumbai is Mumbai. Unique, arrogant but also enormously, almost ridiculously compassionate.
And nobody owns Mumbai.
Nobody can.
So, it’s a bit silly for anybody to get proprietorial and possessive about Mumbai. Mumbai is her own woman. Fierce , strong, indestructible and proud. Any attempt to capture her, can only lead to frustration for the captors. This is what makes Mumbai so desirable, so seductive. Mumbai is unambiguously today. There is her riotously colourful past . And there will be an unpredictable but exciting future. But it is in the present that Mumbai lives, breathes and thrives. And when that present is violated, Mumbai bleeds and cries. It has happened during innumerable attacks on her in the past. Terrorists have ripped her apart, limb by limb. But she has always managed to pick herself up and walk again – head held high. No crutches. No subsidies. No help. Mumbai is the Ultimate Survivor. Which is another reason why Mumbai attracts real life survivors from across India. They come to her to heal, learn, get up and get on. Most prosper beyond their wildest dreams. Those who don’t, still love her. They don’t blame Mumbai for their failure, they blame themselves. Yes, Mumbai can be harsh and unforgiving. No, Mumbai is not for losers.More importantly, Mumbai is not for opportunists, either. Try and exploit her goodness and see what happens. Try and cheat Mumbai of her dues, and she in turn, will rebuff and crush you.
 Unfortunately, we are recklessly testing Mumbai’s vast reserve of patience. We are foolishly taunting  her tolerance. We are challenging her supreme position. And we are hoping Mumbai will overlook our crassness, our uncouth behavior, our insults and abuse. We are hoping that Mumbai will not notice the brash and aggressive attempts to grab every inch of her and sell it bit by bit to the highest bidder.
Mumbai is the heart beat of Maharashtra. But she is on life support systems right now. Mumbai is in the ICU with nobody really looking after her rapidly deteriorating condition. There is organ failure. And worse. Mumbai may die of a broken heart, unable to cope with the abject neglect and indifference displayed towards her by those who claim to love her. Those who want to possess her. Those who falsely believe Mumbai belongs exclusively to them and them alone.
Mumbai is like our ailing, unselfish mother, who refuses to complain or demand help. We can either ignore her desperate state. Or do something to save her. By behaving like passive bystanders waiting for the heart monitor to give us the bad news, we are as guilty as those negligent doctors refusing her a blood transfusion when she needs it the most. The same heartless lot who is prepared to make money out of  systematically selling each of  her organs from the cadaver.

It is time to tell them to leave Mumbai alone.Our Mumbai is not for sale.


Aziz said...

It's not the story of Mumbai but all metropolitan cities of S. Asia that inch by inch they are loosing their soul.... Great article

Sind hi King said...

oprah can show whatever she wants

Sind hi King said...

she can depict whatever she wants, she does not hv vandals, harassing her.

you obviously can't.

so this article to justify yourself, shobha.

just keep laying low.

you can do one thing, generate controversy easily because politicians are so gullible.

Tsomo85 said...

Hello Shobha looking gorgeous as always in all your pix in your previous blogs. At the beginning your Mumbai sounded like an incarnation of "Tsen Spirit" that are of course known to have high level of self preservation, and brave. Legend has it that they can even detect someone by the smell of his or her urinary!!! But I'm dissipointed how she ended towards the end! May she get well soon!!! Tinggggg :) Lots of love to ya!

Pooja Rathore said...

i was surprised and shocked of the reaction with regard to your tweet...I don't live in Mumbai but I have known you through your books,blog,interviews etc and I know how much you love your city,no way you will do anything which will in anyway harm your beloved city...I don't care about what others thought of your tweet but I know one thing for sure you love Mumbai...iam with you!

Unknown said...

It is not telegu but telugu.

Tsomo85 said...

Ops! Correction: urine not urinary!

steve said...

Hi i just want to say that your blog is great its keep the picture of mumbai but i also want to say that no meaning of giving comment.

translator | translator services

Pnrwnd said...

Great article

Unknown said...

beautifully written

anonymous said...

My life almost got destroyed, Thanks to the God sent OSHOGUM who rescued me out of my marriage problems NOW, to achieve all that you desire in life to live a happy life, contact great Dr oshogun temple for a betterment of life. i am very happy today to tell the world how great he is because how of much he help me, bring me out of shame and make me smile again just when i thought my life has be concluded in pain and miserable because my man left me when i was two week pregnant then i was advice by my doctor not to work due to my health challenge else i will lose my baby. so i use all the money i have to take care of my unborn child and my self till the seventh months of my pregnancy then i was broke and in pain. life was so difficult till i melt an old college friend who told me about her past life problem and how great Dr oshogum help her. then i ask her how to meet or contact the man and she gave me and His +2348189075265 to contact him. though i never believe he can help me because i have meet some persons before now and they did not help me. Dr oshogun demanded for items to help me bring my man back though i was broke i have to meet my mother to help me because i really love my man and he is working and earn well. so did all that DR oshogum ask me to do, I was very shocked when Daniel called four days after i sent Dr oshogum the items money. He apologies for all he has done wrong and i should allow him back to my heart. sincerely i am very happy that we are together and my child now know and also live with his dad. sir the Great Dr i am very grateful and happy for what you have done for me. To those that have marriage, relationship or health problem, I will advise you to contact Dr oshogum now via email because he has done wonders in my life and i believe he can help you out in any problem.
contact him now via email

Anonymous said...

Great Post Ma'am

Unknown said...

aunty photos without saree
****aunty photo album****

****mallu aunties picture****

****tamil aunty mulai pundai photos****

****hot aunties pundai photos****

****tamil aunties pundai photos****

****tamil aunty pundai photo gallery****

****mallu aunties hot navel pics****

****mallu,tamil aunties****

****tamil pundai photos****

****mallu aunty kambi photos****

****tamil pundai photo****

****mallu aunties hot navel images****

****aunty pundai images****

****hot aunties without saree photos****

****mallu aunty photos****

****pundai,hot aunties photos****

****hot aunty pundai images****

Unknown said...

i am emilio johnson, When I eventually found testimonies about this spell caster Dr.lalapumena, how he helped many people to get their lovers and broken homes back, i contacted him through his email address because I was absolutely desperate to get my wife back. Life without my wife was a real mess for me and my children. i wanted a dramatic change and I thought magic could be the solution. After discussing the resolution with Dr lalapumena, he gave me hope that he will restore my marriage. I felt confident that he will actually make my wife to return home and he did! It’s fantastic what this great spell caster have done for me, his help is priceless! I don\'t know what I would have done without Dr.lalapumena,he does his job so well he is organized and highly functional, i believe he is the best spell caster i can count on when it comes to all kinds of spell, I was floored that his spells worked, if you need help, contact him on or his

1. Getting your lover or husband back
2. Spiritual bulletproof
3. Training
4. Money spell
5. Long life spell
6. Prosperity spell
7. Protection spell
8. Get a job spell
9. Becoming a manager spell
10. Get a huge loan without paying any fee spell
11. Getting your scam money back
12. Child spell
13. Pregnancy spell
14. Freedom spell
15. Love spell
16, vanishing spell
17. Invisible human spell
18. Success or pass spell
19. Marriage spell
20. Avenging spell
21. Popularity spell
22. Killing spell
23. Cancer spell
24. Supernatural power spell
25. Madness spell
26. Free house loan spell
27. Production spell of films and movie
28. Hiv/aids spell
29. Tuberculosis spell
30. Loose weight and body spell

contact him of any of these today or website dr lalapumena HE GOT SOLUTION TO ALL PROBLEMS HERE

ANSWERS said...


Are you a business man or woman, political, musician, student,
the you want to be rich, famous, powerful in life, join the Illuminati brotherhood cult today and get instant rich sum of. 1million dollars
in a week, and a free home. any where you choose to live in this world and also get 10,000,000 U.S dollars monthly as a salary...


A Cash Reward of USD $500,000 USD
A New Sleek Dream CAR valued at USD $300,000 USD
A Dream House bought in the country of your own choice
One Month holiday (fully paid) to your dream tourist destination.
One year Golf Membership package
A V.I.P treatment in all Airports in the World
A total Lifestyle change
Access to Bohemian Grove
Monthly payment of $1,000,000 USD into your bank account every month as a member
One Month booked Appointment with Top 5 world Leaders and Top 5 Celebrities in the World.

If you are interested e-mail info OR for immediately initiation.New members registration is now open online

ANSWERS said...

Shakira Elliot Says

Am giving this testimony cos am happy

My name is Shakira Elliot from Houston,taxes.i never believed in love spells or magic until i met this spell caster once. when i went to Africa in June 28th 2013 this year on a business summit. i ment a man called DR SHAKES SPEAR. He is powerful he could help you cast a spells to bring back my love’s gone,misbehaving lover looking for some one to love you, bring back lost money and magic money spell or spell for a good job.i’m now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 2 years… i really loved him, but his mother was against me and he had no good paying job. so when i met this spell caster, i told him what happened and explained the situation of things to first i was undecided,skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. and in 6 days when i returned to taxes, my boyfriend (is now my husband ) he called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married..i didn’t believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to do… well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid,and my husband also got a new job and our lives became much better. in case anyone needs the spell caster for some help, email address: OR

GREAT SHAKES SPEAR i thank you very much thank you in 1000000 times.. if not you i would have been losted and wasted thank you. Email Him Through his email address... OR

please make sure you contact him for any financial difficulties okay..

What a powerful man such as DR SHAKES SPEAR.. he is so much powerful..\\ email him for any difficulties.. OR

Dr Purva Pius said...

Sometimes we could all use a little extra. Elite Financial Solutions, our personal loan provides reliable financial solutions that help you achieve your goals. We provide customized and competitive personal loan products that meet your urgent financial needs. You can buy that new car, pay the tuition, make home improvements or buy a new home and take that vacation you've always wanted, all within 48 hours For more information please send an email to (

Dr Purva Pius said...

Sometimes we could all use a little extra. Elite Financial Solutions, our personal loan provides reliable financial solutions that help you achieve your goals. We provide customized and competitive personal loan products that meet your urgent financial needs. You can buy that new car, pay the tuition, make home improvements or buy a new home and take that vacation you've always wanted, all within 48 hours For more information please send an email to (

Dr Purva Pius said...

I am Mr.Larry from, USA i received my loan of $63,000 in my account on 3-7-2015 from Dr Purva Pius Firm, and i promised to advertise their Firm to all loan seekers round the world, contact them now email: reply to email (

Blogger said...

Find out how 1,000's of people like YOU are earning their LIVING from home and are living their dreams TODAY.

Tamara Barrow said...

The doctors said Herpes virus do not have medical cure because the virus is capable of hiding within the human cells, it remains protected from your immune system. Herpes isn’t a special virus – your immune system has the tools to fight it back. But because it is able to lay dormant in protected cells, your immune system is unable to remove it from your body,But with strong reactive herbal medication is capable of getting rid of the virus gradually and totally from your body without damaging any of your cells,natural herbs kills the virus totally not just reducing the out break. Get natural herbs cure Email DR. VOODOO at Add Dr voodoo on whatsApp +2348140120719