Travel Diary of Ansh .. Part II, Exploring Mumbai !!!!!!!!
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Hope you all have enjoyed reading the first part of the Travel Diary of Ansh Mishra . Ansh has recently explored Mumbai and he has shared his experiences of Aamchi Mumbai with us .There is something about the air in Mumbai. The moment you land here, the fragrance of the sea, sound of the waves and the vibes of the city grow high on you. It simply creates such a great energy that it embraces you within a few seconds. There is a certain vibe to Mumbai that is difficult to put into words. This megacity, bursting at its seams brings up so many different images simultaneously! A cacophonic, psychedelic medley of glamour, red carpet, sizzling stars, models on the one hand and of course the labourers, the slums, the fisherwomen, the dreamers waiting to make it big in Bollywood, the underworld and the gangstas …on the other. A sense of belongingness to an otherwise busy city engulfs you immediately. Be it the colonial architectures of South Mumbai, the overcrowded local trains, the dedicated Dabbawalas, enticing Marin drive, famous street food or the fast paced life of the people in the city, Mumbai celebrates life in many shades. From luxurious hotels in Mumbai, sprawling skyscrapers, glamorous lifestyle to the biggest slum areas, you can have it all in one city.
The country's financial nerve centre, Mumbai is also it's entertainment and fashion capital. It houses sterling institutions like the Reserve Bank of India, the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange of India and the SEBI. Even as it houses a quirky mix of races including Parsis, Jews and Gujaratis all of who today can claim as much a right over Mumbai as do the Marathis! The iconic imagery of this wondrous mega polis includes its never say stop local trains, the lifeline of the city's transport system.
The red double decker buses and the Dabbawalas who deliver 130,000 lunches to Mumbai's office workers and who even managed to inspire a Harvard Case Study on how do they manage to achieve this without errors!
Every time I touchdown Mumbai, I get a spring in my feet… there is so much nostalgia. And then there is so much I want to do: walks along Marine Drive, a Choco-walnut ice cream sandwich at Rustoms, a sevpuri with extra teekha at D Road Churchgate, joining the long and hungry queues at Swati Snacks for some mouth watering Marathi and Gujarati food, a beer at Mondegar Café with its walls covered in art done by the awesome cartoonist Mario and shoes at Bandra…
The psychotic split between extreme glamour and extreme hopes makes it the go to place if you have stars in your eyes. Mumbai is a city where people come with their dreams, making it big in life. Mumbai not only gives you a glimpse of its multi-layered lifestyle from rich to poor, but gives you enough reasons to fall in love with it. Lets Explore Mumbai through the eyes of Ansh Mishra, an Indian Travel Writer who is unraveling the hidden destinations and take you to a fascinating journey with his tales and photographs.
Ansh is travelling entire India without a single money since 3rd Feb 2017 till now....He made a world record in India to reach out Junagadh Girnar 20000 (10000+10000 UP & Down) step in 6 hrs even without single money during his hitch hiking trip as travelling entire India without a single money. Ansh has made it possible with lots of courage, effort, believe & the blessings of his near and dear one's . He has covered up 04 states of India till now including Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat . His adventurous journey is still going .
Swapnil Saundarya ezine wishes him good luck for his future.
- Rishabh Shukla
Travel Diary of Ansh ......Part ~ II
Explore 'Mumbai' with Ansh Mishra
'without a Single money'
31st March 2017 || Humanity is everywhere. There is no stranger in this world if you are ready to accept everyone. I was Lucky enough to reach Mumbai due to 5 Lift - 4 in a Truck, and one in a CAR from Navsari to Mumbai. It was 29th March late evening when I reached safely in Mumbai.
' Mumbai ' - people call it dream city of India.
As being Nomad traveller, I was thinking to roam around entire Mumbai, but it was bit tough to roam without having a single rupee in my pocket. However got several message for hosting in Mumbai due to social connect.Moreover its all happen because of my relative (Sis- Jiju) who asked to come and enjoy Mumbai.I took rest for first day and went out for hangout at Juhu beach, wherein I got chance to see - PRATIKSHA, JALSA -House of Amitabh bachchan, Visited local market of Lokhandwala. Had panipuri at Juhu beach food junction. Finally went out for dinner at Famous Food court named as: Amar Juice and Food Court at Juhu and had my fav Food so called - Masala Dosa and Pizza.
It was around 11:00 PM when we came back and had overnight chat about my travel story. Although I had planned for visiting Sidhivinayak on 31st March but on the other side I was in touch with a CS Guy, Mr. Sameer Tendolkar on my CS hangout when I opened on first day in Mumbai (30th March). He started interesting conversations at first stage wherein he came to know about my travel and asked for planout for tomorrow. Hence, I wokeup at 9:00 AM and gotup fresh, as decided to meetup around 11:30 AM at Hypercity-Inorbit Mall with Sameer.
Finally tasted most popular common food of Mumbai- Bda Paw. :) in breakfast.
Although Sameer was just like stranger before our conversation, but he lifted me in his car while having sweet smile on his face, warm welcome as being Guest for him, lovely and caring nature throughout way to his home.
I was Lucky that I hv been lifted by him at such posh area like - Versova- in Rheja Exotica Madh Island in his apartment from where I can see atleast half of Mumbai City.
As it was lunch time hence he offered me first a glass of Mango juice and cooked himself Rajma-Rice, Fried Curd Rice in lunch which we have finished after having long conversation about my travel story around 3:00 PM.
We clicked some snap from his apartment and discussed about my upcoming journy.
He offerd a cup of tea and requested for hangout at Madh beach at 6:00 PM.
Finally we came back together at same place where he lifted me in the morning-Hypercity-Inorbit mall and wished me best of luck with smiled while see off.
As it was first time for me to be in Mumbai. So, without roaming around – Sidhivinayak, Mumba Devi, Haji Ali, Mahalakshmi temple, this Mumbai diary would be incomplete.
So, I started my 1st April to roam all those places as mentioned above. It was the day only when I got chance to feel crowd of Mumbai city when I entered in Local train of Mumbai.
Although it was planned to just feel the real Mumbai life which I did.
If you ask me about the Mumbai life , I would say :
1: Mumbai is a Place – Where Nobody sleep without Food.
2: This is the only one city in India wherein we can find people more than land area.
3: King of night-life.
4: A place where no body run without time.
5: A place where dream never die.
6: Busy life-style, tight day schedule.
7: Mumbaikar- A well warm welcome if you are soft, humble, and positive approachable towards them.
8: Financial Hub, Banking Hub, HOD’s, HO’s, Corporate HUB, Trading HUB.
9: Entertainment, Bollywood, Media, Arts, Theater.
10: Don’t forget to mention life line of Mumbai – CST- Local Train, Local Food- Vda Pao-Somosa Pao, Alloo Bhujiya, and local Chowl.
2nd April 2017 || It was the moment when I was excited like a kid because I was waiting to meet my two beloved school friends after 6-7 Years in Mumbai.
My two sweetheart- 1: Ujjawal Mishra – He is the guy who know me from my childhood. All good & bad of my life. Easy going person, down to earth personality, never regret what he did, ready to love you if you can make him smile. A young and professional bachelor, party lover, caring by heart, open to admit you if you are soft.
2: Vinay Mishra: We were meeting almost after 6-7 years this time just because of his busy professional life. I don’t know what to say, what to write, what to share about that moment but yes I would love to say it was like I’m in my school day again.
We were laughing, talking, smiling, pulling legs, shouting, and sharing our life till now.
They both got amazed to see, know, and read about my nomad travel life, journey.
They had already planned for Mumbai day tour for refreshing my mind after long period.
Hence we started our Day with lots of hug, care, and faithful conversation. We roamed around, Marine Central, Marine Drive, #wankhede #stadium #Mumbai, Gateway of India, The Taj, CST terminal, Local train, Bombay Best BUS, Food court and unlimited talk.
Finally we went out to stay overnight in Ujjawal Apartment in #Wadala area and had dinner with bunch of emotional memories.
Thanks to both of you my lovely beloved Friends. Stay forever.
#Mumbaikar- They are really soft, well behave if you are in manner, too busy but easy to manage their time for you if you are comfortable, love to host you if you have no excuse, will hangout if you are punctuate and available on time, more emotional if you will feel them, respecting you if you are not arrogant.
This is all what I felt while meeting this Guy- Mr. Anand from Vile Parle who took initiative to meet me while sending me message on my official Facebook account after knowing about my travel story.
As I was staying with my Friend near Wadala on 2nd April, hence he decided to pick me up from there only on 3rd April at 9:00 AM.
We meet at same time, same point as decided and started our day with a warm hug while interacting at first time.
He was so curious about me, my traveling experience, my nomad life, nomad story.
How can I disappoint him-Hence started sharing all those moments of this travel which will never forget in my life, those people who love me like they are, and those family who never wan let me go from their house. AHHHHH feeling again emotional I wish I could love them as they want.
I got chance to see south Mumbai through his gesture, roamed around Few known spot like: Mani Bhavan, Banganga Kund, hanging garden, Mumba Devi, Javeri Bazar, had declisous food at famous restaurant named of Shree Thakar Bhojnalay, watched Nam Shabana Movie. Best part of him: He is free from tension. Free Birds for his own choice. Never regret what he has not done yet. Happy for small things. Never waste his time for crying in his sad mood. Finally he dropped me till my destination with lots of memories.
Fall in Love with #Mumbaikar.
4th April 2017 || Do you believe in luck? Or Effort? If you ask me about this , I would love to say both while giving priority to effort with respect to luck.
As it happened while meeting this personality (Mr. Abhishek from #Borivali – Mumbai) on 4th April at #Goregaon west Railway station. We were trying to meet since long as he came to know about me, my travel. I was not able to be sure for meeting him as per his desire dates due to other meetup with lovely #Mumbaikar.
Finally a day came when we got chance to meetup with unlimited talk, questions, and travel story.
As usual I have to go to Goregaon west station as it was now familiar and easy access to me wherein he can lift me.
We went Ghatkopar by metro while deep conversation about motive of travel. We watched inspirational movie Poorna which is on basis of Everest. We had Ice cream at Famous outlet Naturals with Abhishek choice – Coconut flavor.
It was just beginning of our friendship, our relation, love for a solo traveler, care for a nomad, faith on humanity, trust on stranger, and smile on beautiful faces.
He booked a taxi and asked for Juhu Beach as his plan was to roam around till late evening there & enjoy sunset and breathe without tension.
We walked almost 2-3 KM without shoes and had one Corn as light taste while walking throughout sea side.
He was eager to show me a play in Famous Prithvi Cafe, Juhu at Juhu hence we decided to move there.
AHHH- I was feeling like am I really Nomad? Am I really stranger for him? Am I really away from my home? Seems he knew me what I’m. What I love. Where I love to go. What I love to eat.
We spent almost 2 hrs there with food, talk, his travel book, his 5 month travel experiences, his story, his crazy love for Indian train.
Finally dropped by him till my destination while asking for staying in his home with his beloved family & requested to stay more days in Mumbai if can.
About Abhishek: A professional banker, #Mumbaikar, Kind heart by nature, Believe in karma, ready to help, love to share without expectation, nature lover, fall in love with Indian train, more friendly to strangers, photogenic by natural, traveler by inspiration.
His best statement or Quote of life: “Always in search of my Next Best “.
5th April 2017 || Mumbai – Meri Jaan – Paiso ki Nagri- Sapno Ka shehar- Raftar ki queen- A city having title of Finance Hub. Where people run first before thinking.
Where few sleep after few woke up. Where Local trains are getting tired but not crowd.
Even after knowing all this- living all this, facing all this, I’m still amazed to say that yeah I’m enjoying #Mumbai & all #Mumbaikar love without having a single rupee in my pocket since 10 days.
Let’s Meet, connect, and hear out story of this crazy sweet heart.
Name: Mr. Satish Poul
We meet because of Couchsurfing hangout platform. We were trying to meet since long but was unable due to lack of time management.
Finally we decided to break our all comfort zone and took initiative to meetup at late evening at 9:00 PM.
Wherein he took pain to come out till Hypercity-Inorbit Mall near Malad as a meetup point.
I reached there before 1 hrs to make sure that I’m not late with respect to Satish.
He was excited, I was melting, He was smiling, I was laughing, He was funniest, I was emotional.
This is all happened. We hugged each other with lots of emotion even as being stranger.
I know what I mean this, he know what I was for him and I believe that the moments we share are the memories we keep..
We did hangout, chit chat, shared each other, punched each other, felt like with own blood relation.
After having all crazy talk, dinner, we got emotional again while see off.
I wish I could be as him. Love you Bro for your this kindness towards this Nomad .
Hitch Hiking - Basically known as taking lift from one place to another place and moved on to other city from any stranger. There are several tips to get easy lift from national highway or local crowd. I will keep updating this travelogue with tips and the latest updates from my hitch hiking trip in India.
keep an eye on Travel Diary of Ansh : Exploring India by Ansh Mishra .
- Ansh Mishra
Ansh Mishra is a Travel Blogger, Writer, Traveler, Entrepreneur (Corporate Training & Placement), Digital Marketing Expert by profession is on an adventurous mission to travel across India without a single money .Ansh is a nomad traveler who is willing to travel to explore humanity & get inspire in every moment, to break the concept of impossible word for those who is not even attempting yet, hear a deaf & dumb life which can’t shout, taste new flavors, share untold story of life..!
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