Mumbai (earlier name Bombay)::What are dreams made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice!! People dream of bettering their lives, improving their status, earning more money, live in comfort and luxury...that's what people think they get when they come to Mumbai from other places in India. But those who have come and struggled know that dreams dont remain dreams for long...they are nightmares. Living on footpath, railway stations, in slums, chawls, depending on what one starts off with over there, its difficult meeting even the basics. Drinking water,good food and hygiene is a problem for the beginners at times......yet human willingness to struggle and dream big is amazing!
There are people who have made it big and realised their dreams...from chawls to living in huge skyscrapers in the poshest parts of Mumbai...but these are exceptions - the few extremely lucky ones manage to everything, more than what they dreamt of
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Many outside Mumbai, dream of shifting to Mumbai to earn plenty, live life and fulfill their dreams. Most people believe Mumbai has seen a major transformation. Mumbai is a magnet to yet many around seeking a better life. But many who arrive dreaming of Bollywood end up in prostitution or organised crime. But in the minds of the state / central government the slum-dwellers constitute probably the last priority and are busy today fantasizing Mumbai as the next Singapore or a Shanghai in the making. Now, coming back to reality, reality to what Mumbai is today. The charm of Mumbai has by far decreased rapidly since the past few years. Population has increased to the extent that there is hardly any place to sit quietly even at night 2:00am. Mumbai being so huge, many Mumbaikars in general spend 2 hours a day travelling in mad rush of trains, buses and extremely slow moving traffic between home and college/office. With the traffic comes pollution, air pollution than can make you sick, with