MUMBAI OR DELHI?
‘Aamchi Mumbai’, a city of dreams, a city of hopes, a city which never sleeps and a city full of opportunities is the love-child about money and power — the financial and commercial capital of the country. On the other side ,we have ‘Dilwaalon ki Dilli’, a city of history, a city of culture, a city of politics and the seat of power of the country — the political and cultural capital of the country.
After living a dream life in Mumbai for 3 years when I shifted to Delhi, I indulged myself in a debate numerous times, whether Mumbai is a better place to live or Delhi is, with every second person I met. Not just me, for ages, people have waged war on this issue, friends and lovers have separated on ideological grounds and lines have been drawn between families. Now, no more! A decision must be reached, a verdict needs to be passed. And so we come to the greatest battle of our times. The million dollar question — Mumbai vs Delhi – Which is better?
- HISTORY AND CULTURE
With no second thoughts, hands down Delhi. Delhi is very rich when it comes to having a native culture and a historical significance. With amazing and beautiful historical monuments, age-old building and gallis of Purani Dilli, Mumbai is very back in the race. In Mumbai, if you want to see any old and beautiful buildings, visit firstly, Churchgate; secondly, Oh wait! — that’s it! On one side, where Delhi proudly shows the rich Mughal and Hindu culture and art thrive with many poets, scholars and critics, Mumbai has Elephanta Caves!
2. WEATHER AND SEASON
In Delhi, however, how bad summers are, at least you get to experience the change of seasons. Then there is Dilli ki Sardi, where the days get shorter, nights gets chilly and wonderfully cozy with your comfortable blankets. Then it gets so cold that you die!
Whereas in Mumbai, Summer? You mean humid with a chance of warm? Winter? You mean humid with a chance of chill? But, once you start living in the city you realize that it is not that humid.
3. THE SEA AND THE RAINS
I couldn’t resist myself, but to mention it separately. Ever thought why Mumbai is always represented with the magnificent Queen’s necklace? I am sorry, but nothing that Delhi has to offer can match up to the sight of the Arabian sea stretching into the horizon, or feel like the breeze as you walk along MARINE DRIVE and The Beaches. And don’t even get me started on the Mumbai Rains!
The rains bring out a whole new side of the city; while business goes on as usual, there is a hint of magic, a raw clarity to life that is thrilling, edgy and sublime, all at the same time.
4. SECURITY, FREEDOM AND OUTLOOK
Being a girl the freedom I have enjoyed in Mumbai can never be beaten by Delhi. Parents are more relaxed for the security of their children in Mumbai. You get Autos and Taxis very conveniently in Mumbai and they ALL run on meters. Travelling after hanging out with your friends as late as 3 A.M. is again very safe and convenient (especially when you don’t have your personal vehicle) in Mumbai.
Delhi is the city where you always need to be on guard while you enjoy its gardens, museums and theatres; against the aggressiveness of its people, against nasty cab driver and surly service staff. Mumbai, with its buzzing nightlife, edgy urban energy and stringent safety measures as well as the mentality of people, allows you to have fun as and when you want it.
Mumbai has a truly bohemian, cosmopolitan outlook. Different ways of life are accepted wholeheartedly without any judgements, people are very down to earth and there is a kind of ‘Live and Let Live’ ideology. Delhi might not as easily accept differences, pre-occupied as they might be, more with outward appearances in terms of dressing up, behavior and lifestyle.
Delhi provides you a lot in terms of weekend getaways, from farmhouses and cozy holiday spots whenever you want to escape from the monotonous city life to overnight drives to nearby cities. Be it Rishikesh or Jim Corbett National Park or a long drive on the Yamuna Expressway to Agra or Shimla or Chandigarh, Delhi doesn’t hold you back or disappoint you.
But don’t underestimate Mumbai. There are ample places to chill out around this city, from Daman to Mahabaleshwar to Matheran. Drive to Lonavala or Khandala or take a ferry to Alibaug or go sightseeing to Elephanta Caves.
6. FINALLY, ECONOMIC MEASURES
Being an economics student, how could I miss this?
It is very objective to compare two cities based on various social and cultural traits, but numbers give us a rough idea where they stand!
From an economic point of view, while Mumbai beats Delhi on growth rates of GDP and per capita GDP, going forward, Delhi is slated to overtake Mumbai on both counts by 2025.
Delhi is also likely to attract more people in the future, as of 2025 it is likely to narrow the population gap with Mumbai by 1 million from the current 2 million.
On crime, though, Delhi continues to lag Mumbai, accounting for a tenth of all the crimes that were reported in the country in 2012 and 585 rapes, more than twice the 232 that were reported in Mumbai.
So, after comparing on so many aspects we cannot deny that Mumbai has an edge. But, ultimately, the two cities have their own charming traits and their own problems. The idea is to look at what you want in life and which all compromises you’re willing to make!