Incredible Mumbai 

I’m back!! Hello everyone, how are you? So the past week I was away from the blogging world because I was in India – Mumbai to be exact. Read this post to find out why.

I actually just came back last night and had to go back to work this morning so I don’t have time to write all the stories yet, so for starters I’m going to share what I felt after returning from the trip.

I’ve heard stories of how people find peace, or revelation, inspiration, or some sort when going to India. Eat pray love, anyone? But I always thought that it must have something to do with Yoga or some mountains. While I was visiting Mumbai – a big city, for a wedding, so I did not expect to find any. But still I left Mumbai feeling inspired. Here’s why.

1. I learned to make peace with Jakarta’s traffic. 

You know how frustrated I am with Jakarta’s traffic, right? But let me tell you, Mumbai is worse. Everywhere I found cars honking, people crossing the street, bus, motorcycles, taxis, they’re just crazy. Even I came from Jakarta but it was still hard to get used to Mumbai’s traffic during my 6 days visit. Then I realised that Jakarta’s traffic is way more acceptable, and at least I should be thankful because my daily traffic does not involve cars honking (they drive me really crazy!).

2. I learned to appreciate my culture more.

I found it very inspiring that the people I met still appreciate their culture. I mean I saw ladies in the street doing mundane routines wearing saree. I saw men in turban. They embrace their culture without limiting themselves from globalization and the “western world”. In fact, they blend it and make it an interesting fusion. Especially that I was there for a wedding, I got to experience how rich the culture of India is. It makes me a bit sad because I don’t see that much of culture here in Jakarta anymore. In Mumbai the culture is still very visible, which I really love. So here I am making a promise to myself (and let you my dear readers be witnesses) that I will make sure that my future child(ern) will know and understand their roots and culture no matter where I will raise them. Sounds like a plan?

3. I learned to dance. 

I love dancing, I really do. But I felt nothing compared to my Indian friends when it comes to dancing now. Man, they really know how to dance! In almost every functions I went, dancing was involved. From cocktail party to the wedding day, I danced. They danced. We danced. And by dancing I mean dancing – Non stop, full of energy. You may ask what is so special about dancing? But having seen how Indian people danced, I see it as a way to let loose – be happy, be merry, and blend in with the society. I mean, while dancing everyone is equal – no one will judge the way you dance so you don’t need to feel awkward. Dancing brings you closer with your surroundings, so it’s always a good idea! 😀

So that’s the three things I learned during my trip to Mumbai, and I can tell you that I ❤ India! It is indeed, incredible and I will definitely come back and explore more. Now I am going to end this post with a selfie in front of Gate of India. More pictures and of course stories later! Stay tuned! 😀


Hello from Gate of India!


Btw, have you been to India? Did you like it? 🙂

54 thoughts on “Incredible Mumbai ”

    1. Hahaha iya bener, tapi ajaibnya orang2nya tetep santai (well yang aku ketemu sih).. macet2 pasang lagu india di mobil trus nyanyi2 hepi haha… that’s the spirit! :p

  1. Wooow, make peace with Jakarta traffic. Must be something over there ya Chris. I can imagine from your story how peaceful Jakarta traffic is. Haha. Anyway I really want to dance an Indian dance that I saw often in tv actually they seem so energetic while dancing.

    1. Yes the traffic is something but the people are happy, they are indeed full of energy when they dance hehehe. Ohh what kind of dance? I mastered one move during the wedding :p

  2. Yes, I spent a month backpacking in India when I was in college. And I lost 8kgs on that trip, which was great because I had gained that much too. I guess my stomach just couldn’t handle it. It was a long time ago and I am sure now everything is much more advanced and developed. I went there in 2000 and hygiene and sanitation were big issues (for me). By 2006 I’ve read reports higher GDP and Indians embracing more of Western lifestyle (I found affordable hotels that were modern and super clean). Anyway, I think you had lots of fun there.

    1. Uwoww 8 kgs in a month?! Did you go to Mumbai? I’ve heard about those issues but surprisingly they were not present when I was there.. Maybe in a less developed area? But then again you’re right I think they are more developed now. And yes I had lots of fun! Hehehe 😀

      1. Yes that much because I couldn’t eat the local food and suffered from a terrible diarrhea. I did and traveled all the way to Kashmir.

  3. I’ve never been to India. India and Japan are always in my least country to visit. Don’t get me wrong, nothing personal. But, somehow I would love to see Taj Mahal and I heard all the saris are beautiful and colourful,

  4. Oppss…sorry I have push send button by accident.
    Did you bring home some beautiful saris? I hope you did 🙂 Looking forward to more stories and pics from your India trip, Christa.

    1. I get it because I didn’t feel a connection with Japan too hehe. I also want to visit Taj Mahal, didn’t get a chance. And yes, I will write more and also post a pic of me wearing sari 🙂

  5. hahaha.. gilee.. sgitunya yah di india? well.. emang sih, kalo liat dr dokumentari juga keliatan parah bngt.. haha.. di tunggu cerita wedding.nyaa.. haha.. btw, semua nari.nya itu yg synchronize atau nari yg macam clubbing (sendiri2 gt) ? hahahaha

    1. Iyaa macet bgtt Jen.. Hehe siapp nanti dipost pelan2 ya cerita nya. Narinya synchronize gitu in circles hehehe seruuu dehhh… Kalo gue bisa post videonya disini nanti gue post hehehe 😀

  6. India jadi negara yg terdoktrin sejak kecil. Dimana film2 india booming ya. Semoga bisa kesana. Sedikit mengobati rasa penasaran.

      1. aduh beneran saya mba msh pemula. jgn disamain sama mba christa. saya harus panggil nama aja nih mba?

    1. Iyaaa terkadang orang perlu liat tempat lain dulu baru bisa bersyukur atas keadaanya sendiri yaa hehehe. Akupun setelah liat macet disana jadi rada bersyukur di jakarta hehehehe

  7. Pernaah tahun 2011 dan ke Mumbai doang dalam rangka training kurasi seni. Datang dengan info VOA, nyampe sana ngurusnya lama haha, bukan ngantri, cuma lama diajak ngobrol dulu. Trafficnya emang overwhelming sampe bikin panas dingin nyampe hotel deket gate of india. Butuh beberapa jam untuk rada kalem dikit dan akhirnya menikmati suasana kota.

    Yang lucu, aku pikir ga masalah lah gak makan daging, cuma 10 hari ini, what could go wrong, right? Wedeh ternyata masuk hari ke 5 keliyengan aneh gitu sampe temen yang orang Mumbai coba ajak ke steak house, setelah makan daging kerbau itu langsung seger siap jalan-jalan. :))

    Sempet juga nonton bioskop disana waktu Mission Impossible baru keluar dengan setting Mumbai. Sebelum nonton nyanyi lagu kebangsaan dulu dan setelah satu jam ada break coffee, hehe lucu banget.

    Yang aku kagum dari pertemuanku sama kurator, seniman dan pekerja budaya di India, mereka sangat determined dan articulate meski aksennya kental. Museum-museumnya terawat dan hidup dengan program kekinian. Aku impressed banget sama Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum yang dari cuma bangunan tua gak keurus akhirnya diadopsi pemkot dan direstorasi.

    1. Hehehe sama kayak aku, hari ke-4 udh menyerah jadi vegetarian :)))

      Oyaa seru bgt sempet nonton bioskop. Sebenernya aku pengen nyobain tapi ga sempet kemarin itu.

      Ahh ga sempet juga ke museum2.. Maklum tujuan utamanya buat kawinan. Makanya masi penasaran pengen liat yg lain. Tapi yg salut sama India adalah mereka jaga budayanya banget yah. Oke bgt! 🙂

  8. I have been to India 😀
    Too bad I only got the chance to explore Delhi and Agra. Couldn’t call it “explore” though, because I only got like 3 days there.
    Baca ceritanya jadi pengen explore Mumbai jugaa. Nyesel kemaren cuma transit aja jadi nggak bisa main ke downtown-nya, seenggaknya buat liat Gate of India sama stasiunnya yang kece banget ituuu

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