Mumbai, the city that never sleeps! Pulsating, alive, on the move, vibrant, fun – this is Mumbai or, as it is still frequently referred to, Bombay. The most modern city in India, it captures the spirit of the changing pace set by liberalization and modernization.With a population of 13 million, Mumbai is India’s largest city and its most diverse, cosmopolitan and westernized.
Mumbai has a transfusion of various communities, following different religions and customs. Mumbaikar or Bombayite are the terms used for the inhabitants of Mumbai. Mumbaikars are lively people, who live life to its fullest. It is a city which will make you feel poor and rich at the same time.
Being Mumbaikar and staying here for the past 27 years, I have very close connection to Mumbai and its people. This essay “Random Red Numbers” is dedicated to several unnoticed people of Mumbai known for their warmth, love, anger, boldness, determination and courage just like the color red symbolizes. This project shows the random essence of Mumbai’s life around the Marine Drive pavement with the help of red numbers on walls, which were written by the local municipal body during a recent, extensive refurbishment and general neatening-up program.
Marine Drive is a 4.3 kilometer long boulevard in South Mumbai that stretches north from Nariman Point’s high-rise buildings to the infamous Chowpatty Beach, located at the foot of Malabar Hill. The great wall, the queen’s necklace or simply Netaji Subhash Chandra Marg, whatever you may call it, Mumbai’s Marine Drive is popular among the young and the old alike. It’s the ultimate seaside promenade, where Mumbaikars come to escape the claustrophobia of central Mumbai, gratefully eyeing an endless horizon while strolling or jogging along the broad windswept promenade. Marine Drive is crowded with a diverse population of tourists, joggers, cyclists, street performers, kids, people from the aristocratic elite to the homeless and poor.
Marine Drive is where Mumbaikars come for a few moments of freedom from the stresses of commuting, of high living costs, of cramped homes. It is a place that breathes possibility.