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Thursday, August 05, 2004

What a City!!

For the past few weeks, the media has been full of meteorologists saying "the Monsoons have flagged off". This week, the Monsoons yelled "OH YEAH??? SEZ HOOOO?".

To say that it is raining cats, dogs, hamsters, hens, buffaloes, goats, possums, and other fauna, would be the understatement of the century!

More so in Mumbai, where it is pouring in sheets. And yet it is astounding how the city keeps moving. A lot of trains have been cancelled, but the locals were running. The BEST buses lived up to their name. And the taxi drivers and auto-rickshaw-wallahs lived up to their reputations of being the most honest fellows, not charging any premium for the rains. This is my first first-hand (weird repition :)) experience of the whole "Tenacity of Mumbai!!" funda, and I am overwhelmed by it.

Mumbai is as professional as a city can get. And it starts right at the top. the BMC Commissioner, Johny Joseph, was scheduled to go on a foreign trip, but he cancelled it to preside over the crisis management.

There is something amazing about the DNA of this city, and it quickly seeps into your DNA as well.

What a city!! :)