A very fair comparison. The tu-jaanta-hai-main-kaun-hoon and the inherent evilness of ND repulses me. However, my opinion is based on little experience.
Mumbai is an amazing place. The people are wonderful. Space is a problem, no doubt. I wish they'd speed up the metro and monorail projects; commuting is a pain for common people. I also lived in Andheri East, but with two roommates. For 25k we had a pretty good and spacious 2BHK apartment in an excellent colony. My brother also lives there, paying 16k for a 2BHK in an even better colony. lol
For 25k/mo you would get a 3br + drawing room + parking spot + vast kitchen & veranda space on a first floor in posh South Delhi locality. I know cos I rent my apartment out. It's silly to compare I know but I just can't imagine living in small house maybe because I grew up in a boarding school where we had amazing playgrounds & horse riding tracks.. But No Doubt Mumbai people are nicest people I know. No Nonsense attitude.
This post is about living conditions, so, as someone who's moved here from Bangalore, who's spent a couple of months living in Delhi to run a IT startup, I would summarize Mumbai as being India's Plug-n-Play city.
Mumbai truly is a Plug-an-Play city, we setup our office in Mahakali Caves Road in flat 15 days partially because the rent for the duplex was 2.75 lac which oddly could only sustain 50 - 60 people. wherein we also saw some properties in MindSpace near bakery, that one was 1 lac but could accommodate only 35 peeps at best. yes this article may be little space biased but it is based on experience so I can only vouch for what is true. :-) Hope you found it interesting.
Great one.. Mumbai, I guess is way too fast compared to Delhi.. the over crowded local trains and narrow roads always gave me jitters. Meanwhile Delhi is more open and more spacious.. and the life is not that fast. Given a choice, I will always choose Delhi :) Meanwhile, your facebook link on http://intellectassets.tumblr.com/aboutme is not working.. !
The metro and monorail projects can go a long way in reducing the congestion, but they keep getting delayed. Traffic is a perennial problem.
Corruption is more pervasive in Delhi, I suppose. The taxi run by Delhi Police at IGI Airport robbed me every time I visited there.
Reminds me of a true story :
All over India, the cops @ the airport would ask, bored out of their wits, "Āp kahān jā rahe hain"
In Delhi, it's "Behen chot! Kiddhar jareh too?"
I corrected the Facebook link now, there was some error in my custom css, thanks for bringing this to my notice. Much Appreciated. Hope You would've enjoyed the article.
I recently got an opportunity to spend around 9 hours in Delhi as a stop-over for one my Trip and literally vouched never to visit the city again in my Life, except only might do a one-off to someday visit my buddy Gurpreet Singh Tikku..
My Judgements may be wrong, depending on the short time that I spent, but two things got communicated very clearly.. One being that the phrase "DILLI KE THAGG" is more than Real.. And the Second being that there is no such thing as "DILWALON KI DILLI".. Something that one of my co-passenger, who was born and brought-up in Delhi admitted himself..
Now, though I have stayed in Mumbai all my Life, I would still point-out certain things that are seriously worrying about Mumbai.. The "COLDNESS" of the people (except for a few percentage) living here.. If an accident takes place on the road, the accumulated people look at each other to see who will take the initiative first.. You can stay in a Building in Mumbai without anyone knowing you for years, including the people living just across the Lobby.. I agree that it offers the highest level of Privacy that one can get, but People lying dead in their apartments for weeks without being noticed or helped is its side-effect..
Well, every city has its Pros & Cons.. But that's also what distinguish them from each other..
To conclude, I would like to quote a famous dialogue that totally fits this situation,
"Hum hee Hum hain, Toh kya Hum hain,
Tum hee Tum ho, Toh kya Tum ho.."
Very Nice observations, but this level of negligence is only because of loose social fabric that we as society has woven around itself, you would find many cases of elderly dying unnoticed in their house in some very posh area's in Delhi. The middle class or people like us who live in Villages are the one's who are close to our neighbors...- (Yes, I live in a Village; the distiction is becuase my home is adja...)
No delhi lover here?
Anyways, I bet over this one that, delhi is good.
With over a thousand historical monuments and upmarket fashion goods are damn cheap price and stuff, it makes things easy for us, Bengalis to adjust in a 'foreign' land. Cant be experienced in a travel of few hours or a day or two.
Its kind of an adventure. With one area being so dangerous (Noida Sec 110 etc) at 11 O clock, there are places such as Pahar Ganj and Gurgaon, where you can get awesome food even at night 3.30.
Mumbai is good, only for those, who can afford it.
But Delhi is open to all.
I would like to take an opportunity to speak in a much broader sense. Are we not wasting time here just comparing Delhi vs Mumbai. I am sure at The Rodinhood, people aspire to be leaders in the business world. Why just waste time in writing opinions on Delhi is full of shit and Mumbai flourish. Well every city is full of shit and nice people too, depends on your perspective and whom you meet as well as it depends on personal experiences. I believe there is 80/20 rule which applies here where 80% of opinions are based on only 20% of your experience/s. I would suggest feel and enjoy rest of the 80% of your life and experiences in joy, happiness and spreading a good word around or even finding a good reason for fun live.
I was born in Kanpur, lived and studied in Delhi, worked in Gurgaon and Mumbai. In my first company in Mumbai, the first question I was asked by the leadership was 'Hey, Welcome, Where are your from'. My answer was 'I am from India, where are your from?'. He replied back, 'Peddar Road', as if I care.
I want to ask all the people above, what efforts have you made to make your city a better place to live? Taxes and vote doesn't help. I am speaking from the New York city where I am still an Indian by heart. Well I would like to make a point here that The Rodhinhoods should invite business leaders to speak about opinions but also speak about the solutions. Make India a better place to live in and lets talk about solutions which can impact millions of lives on this planet. Talking never helps. I my 'opinion', opinions are like a'holes, every one have one but different.