Finally, I was in Mumbai, India after close to 4 years on Jan 1, 2018. Really a long time. I understand it is subjective...But to me, within my heart this really took so long to be back in your country.
I stepped out of Airport early in the morning. It was 3:30 AM. And, witnessed what is true to Mumbai. It was packed like any other time during the day.
Truly AWAKE, and LIVE. I've seen several cities and its airports. Very few come close to what Mumbai is. Always ALIVE, non-sleep, dynamic, vibrant, and MOVING.
Experiencing the population, buzzing traffic, pollution. Feeling was pretty much the same. Olden days are still in memories.
Very warm people. It was great to meet my own family and friends. People on roads, in buses, in guest-house, others are ready to mingle, get into conversations. Topics are endless:)
Then got to face the heat of Andolan (strikes) as well. Roads were blocked, trains were not running. You could not move, it was crippled for hours. But, Mumbai being Mumbai; no-one can bring it to ransom. In this situation too, there were people ready to help each other, caring for each other. It was quite a adventure for me to reach my destination though.
So what has changed. I found more people talk in English than Hindi. You go to banks, go to offices (non-governmental), people prefer communication in English. They mix it with Hindi.
Work on Mumbai METRO is on full swing. Everybody I met was very appreciative of the speed at which the construction was going in. There is a positive wait for it. It will ensure better connectivity across the city, and gives the HOPE of easing traffic congestion.
On departure from Mumbai, I could see the beauty of Mumbai Airport. I did not notice at the time of arrival. It has changed much, 'n changed for better. At par or better than many of worlds best airports.
Will get back soon, Mumbai!