Mumbai – The Next Step

This post is more of a continuation of my earlier post – “Mumbai – A City Of Dreams Yet?“. 

This earlier post is more about the deteriorating quality of life in the city of dreams – Mumbai. And this kind of deterioration is what leads to frustration, which indirectly leads to increase in Crime Rate in the city. Yes, am referring to the latest Keenan Santos case. If, you are unaware of the story then you must visit this link and read the gist of it. The headlines of the article read –> ‘Never thought something like this could happen in Mumbai’ . The headlines itself says it all, this has never happened in Mumbai, something that was never expected in a city like Mumbai, considering the past reputation of the city. You may agree or disagree, but indirectly it’s all the various changes that the city has undergone, that this had to happen. Everything is inter-connected in bits and pieces.

Let’s talk about what we can do to improve things, which is the main reason for this post.

  • Take part in politics, not necessarily get into it, just be updated about whats happening around you. Who are the one’s standing for elections in your area. Who deserved to be there leading your area. And finally, when time comes, vote for him/her. In democracy, if you say “Iss desh ka kuch nahi hone wala” and then ignore anything and everything related to politics, try and be happy with what you have, in the long run everything will be taken away from you and you won’t even realize until it happens to you. And this being my first point, is the most important one. This is one point which most of us don’t follow. Most of us don’t even know who are the one’s standing for local elections, most go and vote based on the BJP/Congress funda. Instead vote for the one’s who works the best in your area. Whichever party he may be from.
  • Infrastructure needs a massive boost in this city, all the on going projects are progressing so slowly that everything public seems outdated when compared to other cities like Delhi and Bangalore. The quality of buses, trains, autos needs to improve. Roads needs massive improvement. Not just the quality, but the length, width. New roads that could link major parts of the city. Metro, a new airport, both of them being the need of the hour.
  • Cleanliness – I have never seen any city where people spit so much as much as in Mumbai. I have no idea why, but this is the fact. People need to stop spitting on public places, throw away their garbage in dustbins, and if you don’t have a dustbin you can just put in some plastic bag (which you can carry along with you) and throw away later. You visit places like Marine Drive, Churchgate, which are cleaner than Suburbs like Andheri, you get that ‘feel good’ factor as soon as you enter such places. The environment cleanliness is not just to save the environment but also to make yourself feel good. A good feeling leads to better concentration, better thought process and hence better end result in any work you intend to do.
  • Stop Corruption – Again, practically you can’t “Stop” bribing, because the system presently is such that even if you don’t want to you are forced many a times to go with it. Eg : Buying a flat never happens with the “Black Money” component. The best you can though do here is reduce it, reduce it in places where you can, where you are not forced to follow the wrong path. Eg : Traffic Cops bribe. Pay the whole fine, ask for a receipt. These little extra money that you spend won’t hurt you too much, but will better the system to a good amount.
  • Spread Happiness – Try and reduce the unnecessary quarrels with friends and family. Share jokes, keep a good, healthy, lively environment. Live freely, keeping in mind the basic values of life. If that’s clear, everything else follows.
These are just a few ideas that came across my mind while writing this post. I will be more than happy to have more ideas as comments to this post.

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5 thoughts on “Mumbai – The Next Step

  1. Aishwarya October 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM Reply

    Oooh this time i am the privileged one to post the first comment. Nice =D

    Firstly i love the whole approach to writing this post. Most of us leave an issue after discussing how problematic it is. I am glad to see a part 2 post, which sheds light on what we as common people ( responsible citizens) can do.

    In the first paragraph, i liked this line “Everything is inter-connected in bits and pieces”. It has SO MUCH truth in it. Loved the way you portrayed the link between deterioration leading to frustration, which in turn results in an increased occurrence of such incidents.

    As of now i follow the cleanliness and reducing bribery in our own small way. I shall soon work towards the “Take part in politics :-|” I am definitely lagging behind there 😛

    • Mohit October 28, 2011 at 11:28 PM Reply

      When I actually asked for more ideas, there are no comments. 😐
      Yep, be a responsible citizen. that sums it all. And that includes having knowledge about national issues, politics. 😉

  2. aspirantentrepreneur October 30, 2011 at 1:39 PM Reply

    It is very important for us being responsible and educated citizens of this country to “create awareness” about the discrepancies around us. Regardless of where you live, its important to let people know what is wrong and what should be done to mend the wrong-doings. For example, the society people can be brought together to help (in and around society) and keep the city clean, avoid using unnecessary electricity, plant trees, avoid litter and also educate the staff and the maids about the same and hold fortnightly meetings to catch up on the improvements. If we sit and complain, nothing will change so its about time to get up and DO SOMETHING about it! 🙂

    I would say these posts are actually initiative for change and a very important one. Great job and very well written. Cheers!! 🙂

    • Mohit October 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM Reply

      Thank You! 🙂
      Yes, these small things that you mentioned if collectively taken care of can make a big difference actually.

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