Have you been missing home? This letter will make you miss it even more. Sunayna Pal moved to the US in 2014 and hasn’t been back home. This letter is to her jaan – Mumbai.
Mumbai, Mumbai Meri Jaan
You are the only home I have ever known. I was born and brought and I have never been away from you for more than 21 days.For the first time, It will be 3 years soon and I can’t tell you how much I miss you.
Your footpaths were never meant for walking but for the mouth-watering food – Vada Pao and Pani puri. I always crave for these, especially during my pregnancy. It was a very difficult one for me as Sou tried to make these things for me but never got the taste right…
…and how can I mention the footpath and not mention the small stalls of beautiful clothes, dazzling earrings, chic sandals and whatnot? Bargaining on your streets was my favorite recreation – I still dream of it and miss it.
I also miss the rickshaws. Never have I experienced the affordable-ease-comfort and flexibility of traveling in the US. I know the drivers are picky and say ‘no’ but imagine a city without rickshaws and the fast and affordable local train. Imagine a place without maids.
And I miss the rains. Every time it rains in the US, I compare it to you. Two Mumbai-style rains graced us in DC and I have loved it. I was tired but I made bhajjis to enjoy with tea.
The festival season is midway and I so wish I could be there and visit the lovely Ganapti pandals or play garba. Though I can burst crackers here but it isn’t the same fun as it is with family.
How can I forget the sea by the rocks and the careless times I have spent with my friends? Planning our life there, I had never imagined I would be so far away.
Mumbai – You are an Emotion.
You are a phoenix – Unbreakable and Un-destroyable is your lovely spirit. Thank you for making me what I am. I never waste time and I never give up. You are and always will be my first home.
People ask me why I don’t come back to you if I miss you so much and I ask myself the same question often. There are some things I don’t miss about you though. Not that those things aren’t here… but I am afraid I have started forgetting you and the way to live in Mumbai. I have accepted my life here and it isn’t very bad.
I still miss you meri Jaan and want to visit you and shop and eat but now I like my life here and my friends too. Please make the Universe work something out so I can visit you this year. Please.
This was previously published on sunaynapal.com
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