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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the culture and lifestyle in Mumbai?

Rb Trivedi DEC 10 2012
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In this brashy, glitzy, mammoth of a city, its hard to pin down precisely what it is that defines Mumbai. But then thats precisely what some would say is Mumbai. A city of paradoxes as extreme as the position of north and south pole is,the allure of Mumbai is undeniable and inescapable. One of the most entertaining city of India and not just because of Indian film industry being based there, it really is warm and sunny out here most days of the year and movie stars do actually live and dine among the regular folk. Revolving around commerce and trade, Mumbai’s Dalal street is the address for Bombay Stock Exchange, Asia’s oldest and world’s 14th largest stock exchange, which has the largest number of listed companies in the world. While the BSE has its hand on the pulse of the world, the rest of the Indian financial establishment has its finger’s on the BSE’s pulse, rising and crashing along with it. People come out here to make their destiny and try their luck, never going back once they have been experienced the allure of Mumbai-the mind numbing, head spinning manic rush and energy that runs through the veins of the city envelopes anyone who dares step into it.

The legend and mythology of Bollywood, Hindi cinema, came into existence in 1913 with Raja Harishchandra by Dadasaheb Phalke and took form by 1960s. In 2010, Indian film industry, that includes regional films as well, was ranked first in terms of annual film output followed by Hollywood.
With people from all across the country having made Mumbai their home, Mumbai has a diversified culture and societal make-up. But Mumbai is really more like a tossed salad than a melting pot-made up of distinct, though overlapping cultures, each holding onto their indigenous identities strongly and at the same time, taking joy in the celebrations of others.
Mumbai’s colonial past may have been dispatched to the museum but it is never far away, standing tall and strong as a forbidding reminder of all that Mumbai has survived and will continue to.

Love it or hate it, Mumbai will deliver on a cinematic scale of excess and intensity. Rich in culture-not just entertainment industry culture don't let the glitter blind you to Mumbai’s other offerings. To get the best of these cultural experience don't forget to these things to do in Mumbai.

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