A local’s guide to Mumbai
- By Abhishek Mande Bhot
- Photos by Monisha Ajgaonkar
A city on the sea, Mumbai is welcoming of everyone and everything. Cuisines, cultures, people and change — the city embraces it all. It may not be the easiest place to live with the crowds, the traffic and the annual monsoon flooding, but give it time and Mumbai will spoil you.
Its open arms are what made it a city of immigrants. Unless you belong to the tiny local fishing community, chances are you or one of your ancestors arrived here with a suitcase and dreams. It’s what makes Mumbai so restless, always itching to be on the move and eager to rise every time someone tries to bring it down.
Meet Abhishek Mande Bhot
Abhishek was born and raised in Mumbai. He loves the summers, but looks forward to the 2½ days of Mumbai “winter” when it’s 77 degrees Fahrenheit and he can finally wear his thin pullover.
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Explore more of Mumbai
- “Mumbai is better than Delhi” is almost always a great conversation-starter and worthy of including in your dating-profile bio.
- Mumbai is fairly progressive and LGBT-friendly, but public displays of affection could land you in trouble with the police. Also, two men holding hands isn’t always an indication of their sexual preferences.
- Tourists in shorts and tank tops are not entirely uncommon, but they also immediately draw attention on Mumbai streets. Places of worship may prohibit you from entering unless properly attired.