Mumbai is many things. A financial powerhouse. A city that never sleeps. India’s commercial and cultural capital. An impression of miniature New York. Every aspiring actor’s dream city. And the list goes on and on. But we bet, for every person moving there, it is equal parts exciting and scary at the same time.
So if you’re relocating and are wondering about things to know before moving to Mumbai, you’ve arrived at the right destination. With these 5 handy tips, be rest assured that you’re going to be in for a hell of a ride. To make the journey enjoyable, memorable, and convenient, we bring to you a short-and-sweet Mumbai guide of sorts that you should swear by. So let’s get going.
#Tip 1: It’ll Cost You: Your Time, Sweat, & Money
Let’s not kid ourselves. Moving to a fast-paced city like Mumbai will keep you on your toes and have you bending over backwards for managing expenses (especially at month end.) So, we suggest you get into the “smart spending” mode or “jugaad” as the Mumbaikers commonly call it – from the very beginning. One of the first things you should consider is renting furniture instead of buying it, for obvious reasons. It’s a cost-effective, hassle-free, and an infinitely flexible option than buying furniture. Visit Furlenco and choose from a variety of packages – from themed bedroom collections to holistic living room solutions, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
#Tip 2: Space is the Living Equivalent of YSL
If you’re someone who craves space – literal or metaphorical – Mumbai will fall short on your expectations. It is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, so if you’re looking to move, you have to get used to seeing people somewhere, everywhere, and anywhere!
Handy tip: Since space is a real luxury here, it goes without saying that the real estate prices are sky-high so be mentally prepared to sell your arm and leg – even for a one BHK/studio apartment in the suburbs. Plus, remember to not hoard your apartment with unnecessary stuff. It’ll only eat away your precious time and your brains. Browse through Furlenco’s award-winning furniture solutions that adjust to your space and not the other way round.
#Tip 3: Get Ready to Live Life in the Fast-Lane
No one has the time to break into arguments or stop and stare at you in Mumbai. Everybody is always on-the-move, busy making money or making plans to make more money. So if you’re not used to the grinding work hours, brace yourself. Luckily, the good news is that you adjust to this new lifestyle fairly quickly; blame it on the city’s vibe and the prevalent culture.
#Tip 4: Traffic will be Your Constant Companion
Mumbai’s known for its notorious traffic – at all times of the day. So, make sure to keep enough time on your hands before meetings, weddings, party invitations etc.
Handy tip: Even though everyone’s always running late, being on time reflects wonderfully on you and is considered a real virtue. So if you wish to stand out (which you must consider in a city full of talented, creative geniuses), start getting everywhere on time. The Mumbai local maybe full of stinking on-lookers, but it is the best option to get places – literally!
#Tip 5: Embrace Everything Local
When it comes to food and language, we suggest you go local but for everything else, go global. From the local street food to Mumbaiyaa language, you must get a taste of everything (pun intended). If you haven’t heard of vada pav (in Juhu) and cutting chai, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Try the various delicacies the streets have to offer (the famous Bombay sandwich or strawberry cream from Haji Ali or who can forget the buttery pav bhaji) and enter into a food coma. When it comes to the local language, Mumbai has its own vocabulary. We suggest you do your research and start practising words like “waat,” “jhakaas,” “jhol,” “batata,” “sev” etc. if you really wish to fit in.
Handy tip: Some other common words include: “Town” = South Mumbai, “Burbs” = a neighbourhood outside South Mumbai, “Boss” = used to address anyone and everyone – from your driver to your enemy.
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