The City

As you land, there is a good chance the pilot will announce that it is hazy and warm.

The expected weather around the year is warm, hot or extremely hot. Throw in heavy rains at some point in the year.

Heavy rains are expected to stop the heavily used suburban trains due to flooding at least once a year.

Heavy rains also result in a few “rain days off” during the year.

The city is probably known for its tolerance as much as its communal riots.

It is probably also known more for the riots than the bomb blasts that preceded the riots.

The city has what used to be one of the largest slums in the world, and at the same time, it has restaurants with $500 bottles of wine that customers actually buy and consume.

It is one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in the world. Rooms are small, apartments are small, and independent houses are almost non-existent.

And yet, whenever I am here, and especially now as I visit it from Bangalore, I feel at home. In my city.

Bombay.

No other city comes close.

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