For the first time in my life I have traveled very far from my hometown, it was such a great experience filled with happiness, pain and unforgettable moments :-). One fine morning I was asked “Whether am I willing to travel” I didn’t even think about the Language ,the people, how many days I have to stay … how I gonna survive … but I just replied YES. Then I got the opportunity to travel to Mumbai in another 1-2 months . I expected they gonna send me somewhere onsite :-p but they are just sending to Mumbai… Hmm let me see how it gonna be.
My flight was on April 1st … I packed everything and I’m ready to travel, my mom and my brother family came to send off me. It was 1 hour before the flight departure there was a big surprise for me, my dad traveled so long and came to see me :-* :-). It was around 9.20, I have to start now, I said bye … and I was happy to see everyone :-)… I entered airport and checked in all my baggage and I boarded the flight. For the first time I’m travelling alone in flight 😮 … IndiGo flight it was , I choose window seat and One Aunt was sitting near me .. she helped in putting my belt … She was so kind, she started speaking with me. She was saying I was like her ‘Betee’ 🙂 … the flight landed safely we went to collect our checked-in baggage, she even helped in taking my baggage. She was so good , It was nice meeting her :-). Then i got my cab and went to IBIS hotel. It is an international hotel contains luxurious rooms. It’s just awesome hotel to stay :-*. Day 2: The second day was my birthday and the same day I have to report at my Client Location too, so I couldn’t celebrate my birthday. I reported at my client location and met all my new teammates and got my cubicle allocated. New place , new environment … I got Knowledge Transfer from my teammate who gonna leave in another 4 days. For the first few days I didn’t feel anything, then after I felt a tremendous difference. Because I stayed near to hometown, here its very far … I worked in a big organization with very clean , peaceful cubicle and beautiful campus full of greenery surrounded everywhere and a cool climate, here it is a very old dusty building where your desktop and keyboard will be full of dust, congested cubicle where you will be occupied by full of noise all the time and it’s summer without AC we can’t survive in Mumbai. Anyway have to manage and adjust with environment because “Love your job, don’t love your company”.
Then in few days I have to shift to apartment. One week went like that, I got a call from my friend Runu. She was saying she to gonna come to Mumbai. I was so happy I got a good companion :-). Work was not so hectic at the starting so we both planned to visit all the places in Old Mumbai. We both were scared of travelling by electric train only because of the heavy crowd. But we stayed in Navi Mumbai, so the cheapest and fastest mode of transportation is only by electric train. So we planned to choose train. For the first weekend we planned few places which includes 1) Gateway of India 2) Taj hotel 3) Marine Drive 4) Nariman Point 5) Aquarium . We traveled in the morning, and we reached CSMT station . Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is formerly known as Victoria Terminus, is a historic railway station and it serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. The station was built in 1887 in the Bori Bunder area of Mumbai to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The Architecture was so good and daily evening the railway station has been lit up with at least 16 million colorful lights to boost the city’s tourism and it looks so attractive. Then we came out of the station but the time we reached CSMT station it was very hot outside. Then we started visiting all the places . We took Mumbai taxi the black and yellow wala taxi and visited all the 5 places. But it was too sunny we couldn’t enjoy anything, and the beach was full of blue it doesn’t looks good and hot wind was blowing and we are totally exhausted. So we planned to leave early.
Then for the next weekend we planned to go in the evening so that we can see some lights. For Saturday we planned 1) Mumbai Zoo — Zoo was not maintained properly 2) Hanging Garden — Felt Bangalore park and our campus gardening are far better 3) Prince of Wales Museum and for Sunday we planned 1) Siddhivinayak Temple 2) Mahalakshmi Temple 3) Haji Ali — when u search in Google for ‘Haji Ali’ you will get a beautiful images … But when you go there by 4pm you will be totally disappointed !!! The path was full of beggars, and it was low tide so you can’t see blue sea water you can just see black and ugly stones and garbage everywhere.
And for Monday we planned 1) Colaba Market 2) Bandra Worli Sea Link – is a cable-stayed bridge that links Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai. 3) Marine Drive.
Then we went to all nearby malls in navi Mumbai. Shopping at seawoods mall and watched Hollywood , Bollywood (Razi, Sanju, Gold, Love yatri , Avengers, Ant Man, Fall Out, Incredible 2) movies at InOrbit mall, Little World , Raghuleela Mall , Glomax Mall. Then it’s time for saying Bye to Runu as here Project will be on hold for next few months so she will be leaving by next week. So we again planned to visit all the places for the last time. This time we went little late and saw Mumbai city was glowing with full of lights. We 1) GateWay 2) Marine Drive 3) Bandra Worli Sea Link 4)And Haji Ali at night 5) CSMT with full of attractive lights. The tips was so good and we felt so happy !. Then we returned and in another few days she left Mumbai. I felt little alone in my flat. I remember those days we both used to prepare pop corn by 11pm 😀 and have fun. We used to take a walk in nearby road , and have Ice – cream at Naturals. And we both never forget the two Idly that we had for Rs 80 :-D. Then after I stopped ordering Idly in Mumbai hotels.
I got a chance to meet a seafarer, it was one of the most memorable experience I had. He is such a strong person and kind hearted who wants to make everyone happy 🙂 He who loves his job and got a chance to travel the world and meet different people of various nationalities. That is the wonder of being a seafarer. I have seen worlds famous wonders only in TV and magazines. But he got a chance to visit famous wonders that were once only seen in magazines. I hope you enjoy each and every moment 🙂 and improve your knowledge and skill in navigation and develop a positive attitude towards the value of hard work. Stay blessed and happy wherever you are !!! I’m Waiting for bunch of exciting stories when you return back home. 🙂
Then I found good friends in my office too. Whenever I get time I used to go to their flat and we used to prepare food, watch movie , play badminton. Those are unforgettable moments and I could never forget that walk in that road. Days passed like this… Rainy season starts. It was very difficult to got to office itself !!! You take an auto and you put on the screen still you will be drenched, you can carry umbrella but before opening your umbrella you will be drenched, in highway, roads everywhere you can see water flowing. In summer these plants and trees on hillside were so dried but in rainy season it looks full green !!! For the first time I experienced Mumbai rain.
It was festival season Dandiya, Navratri , Diwali celebrations starts!!! Garba dances, which were always performed in Goddess Durga’s honour. From our office they arranged Garba dance and we enjoyed a lot 🙂 . For Diwali they decorated every cubicle and in apartments also you can see lights everywhere. One good thing staying in Mumbai is you will get more leaves and you will get more sweets to eats :-D. Then work starts to become hectic. We got more requirements which has to be completed within short duration . And most of the requirements we won’t get any sign off in expected time and after completion of the requirements some got dropped it was so frustrating !!! Some time in flat also nobody stayed, days started turning bad ! I can’t stay anymore in Mumbai 😦 I wanna go back , I started missing my family , friends and I wanna stay somewhere where people are around me. Then in September I asked for release from this project, but Mumbai Manger and TL was not ready to give release. They extended the project upto December. Day by day work pressure is getting increased. I started feeling like why I accepted for another 3 months. I shouldn’t have accepted this … One thing I learnt “You have to speak up and no one will speak for you !!! You have to stay strong in your own decision and shouldn’t get convinced by others decision then don’t sit back and worry for it !” So I again spoke with manager and said I can’t stay and I said some reasons. Still manager was not accepting for release he was more angry 😀 . He shouted at me, he start to blame me !!! Anyway, I didn’t bother about it !!! This time I stayed strong and I got my release date finally on December 7th . It was the same date I joined infy in the year 2015 🙂 Finally I got me return ticket confirmed. It’s time to say Bye to Mumbai and Mumbai friends.
It was 9 months long journey filled with unforgettable moments, where I get chance to meet people from various states for India, and project experience and more. Collect moments , not things. It’s a big world out there, so travel and experience it 🙂 Thanks for reading Hope you like it 🙂