Mumbai vs delhi – This brutally honest comparision shows which is better to live in!


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Aamchi Mumbai is a city of dreams and a city of hopes. It is the love-child of money and power, the financial and commercial capital of the country. Dilwaalon ki Dilli is the city of culture and legend, the stage for political battles and the seat of power of our country. It has a rich history of its own, lying at the helm of all affairs and intrigues. It is the political and cultural capital of the country.

For ages, people have waged wars on this issue, friends and lovers have separated on ideological grounds and lines have been drawn between families. Now no more, a decision must be reached, a verdict needs to be passed. And so we come to the greatest battle of our times. The crore-rupee question.

Which is better?

MUMBAI or DELHI?

The CDBlog takes on both sides of the argument.

01. Weather & Season

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  • Tn Delhi, however bad the summers are (you may sweat buckets and collapse in a puddle), at least you get to experience the change of seasons. None of this mild weather nonsense. And Delhiites prefer the oven to the pressure cooker that is the Mumbai humidity any day.
  • Then there is always a fabulous winter to look forward to. The days get shorter, the nights get downright chilly and wonderfully cozy with the bringing out of comfy blankets and hot chocolate. Skies become clear and beautiful.
  • Till it gets reaaallly cold. And then you die. Horribly. After freezing to death.
  • Apart from that, it’s really cool
  • Mumbaikars may complain and crib about weather but in their hearts they know that it is as good as it can get. You don’t need to change your work timings or waste space trying to store voluminous sweaters every year. And the only way Mumbaikers know that the seasons are changing is the flurry of the End of the Season sales signboards all over town!
  • SCORE:Delhi – 1 Mumbai – 1

 

02. Food

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  • Trudge the lanes of the walled-city of old Dilli for the best street-food; sample the wares of the Paranthewalli Gali and try the mouth-watering, eye-watering chaat and golgappe at Ashok Chaat Bhandar. Order delicious biryanis or walk out to any street corner for kulfi-falooda. Work your way through Khan Market, eating everything from Thai to Chinese to Italian food.
  • Delhi, at its core, is a meaty heaven, a potpourri of various cultures and cuisines, all perfected for different appetites, budgets and the insatiable Indian palette. And while Mumbai has its own charm when it comes to food, from pav bhaji, vada pav to keema pav, our hearts are set on dilli ka khana.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 1 Mumbai – 0

 

03. The Sea & Rains

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  • There is a reason that the most famous representation of Mumbai is the magnificent Queen’s necklace, the pearl-d Marine Drive. And don’t even get us started on the Mumbai Rains!
  • Monsoons is to Mumbai what printed, glittery upper body-wear is to Gujarati men, i. e., they are mutually responsible for shaping and found in close association with the other. The rains bring out a whole new side of the city; while business goes on as usual, there is a hint of magic, a raw clarity to life that is thrilling, edgy and sublime, all at the same time.
  • Mumbai, truly a city of sparkly lights
  • We’re sorry but nothing that Delhi has to offer can match up to the sight of the Arabian sea stretching into the horizon, or feel like the breeze as you walk along Juhu beach or create the kind of life-affirming situations that Bombay rains can put you in.
  • SCORE: Delhi – 0 Mumbai – 1

 

04. Cleanliness, Space & Standard of Living

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  • In comparison to any other major city, *cough* Bambaii *cough*, Delhi is the cleanest place on earth. The roads are wide and expansive, and parts of the old city have been modernized, especially with the coming in of Metro. More breathing space, lesser crowds, better infrastructure and more money being fueled in both their health and sanitation budget, Delhi is far better in Mumbai in terms of living.
  • Look at all this space the Mumbaikers don’t have.
  • It’s significantly cheaper too. Like…a lot cheaper. Inflation hit Mumbai about 50% more than Delhi, especially in terms of food. And don’t even get us started on the real estate in Mumbai; it is cheaper to buy a castle in Jaipur.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 1 Mumbai – 0

 

05. Freedom & Outlook

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  • Political centers (like Delhi) may have a lot of advantages but the unrestrained freedom and the casual air of abandon, as brought about by commercial hubs like Mumbai, are missing. Mumbai has a truly bohemian, cosmopolitan outlook. Different ways of life are accepted wholeheartedly without stringent censure and there is a kind of ‘Live and Let Live’ ideology followed by its inhabitants.
  • Delhi might not as easily accept differences, preoccupied as they might be, more with outward appearances in terms of dressing up, behavior and lifestyle.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 0 Mumbai – 1

 

06. History & Culture

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  • Hands down Delhi beats Bombay’s butt when it comes to having a native culture and a historically significant scene. There is a strange narrative found within the historical monuments and the age-old buildings and gallis of purani Dilli. Mughal and Hindu culture and art thrive in this city with many scholars, poets and critics making it a hub of activity.
  • A wary, hardened city, a city looking at its past, breathing in the dust of its forefathers and weaving their realities around their myths.
  • Mumbai, on the other hand, can be quite a cultural wasteland sometimes, being able to boast of only a few art galleries and museums, grossly inadequate befitting a city of its calibre and cultural potential.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 1 Mumbai – 0

 

07. Security

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  • Delhi is the city where you always need to be on guard while you enjoy its gardens, museums and theatres; against the aggressiveness of its people, against nasty cab driver, surly service staff, and against the sheer philistinism of its social life.
  • Mumbai, with its buzzing nightlife, edgy urban energy and stringent safety measures as well as the mentality of people, allows you to have fun as and when you want it. And while Delhi continues to have an equally riveting night life, we wouldn’t put our money on the safety measures.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 0 Mumbai – 1

 

08. Getaways

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  • Delhi provides you a lot in terms of weekend getaways, from farmhouses and cozy holiday spots whenever you want to escape from the monotony of city life to overnight drives to nearby cities. Be it Rishikesh or Jim Corbett National Park or a long drive on the Yamuna Expressway to Agra or Simla, Delhi doesn’t hold you back or disappoint you.
  • But don’t underestimate Mumbai. There are ample places to chill out around this city, from Daman to Mahabaleshwar to Matheran. Drive to Lonavala or Khandala or take a ferry to Alibaug or go sightseeing to Elephanta Caves.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 1 Mumbai – 1

 

09. Opportunities

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  • A good thing about Mumbai is its rigorous, demanding working culture. It’s rightly said that if you want to make something of yourself, come to Mumbai. This city can be a hard taskmaster but the rewards are as good as they get. They provide ample opportunities for everyone.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 0 Mumbai – 1

 

10. Transportation

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  • Delhi boasts of India’s best Metro Railway system; clean, easily accessible, it’s a far cry above the jam-packed locals of Bombay. While Delhiites do suffer because of their dishonest rickshahwallahs, the rest of their public transport is much better than squeezing yourself in a Virar Fast or getting stuck in Andheri East at rush hour.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 1 Mumbai – 0

 

11. Roads

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  • Mumbai is like a big delhi parking lot. A tata nano can easily overtake a ferrari in mumbai. The traffic situation is that bad.
  • Delhi roads are much wider and the flyovers do make travel a lot more convenient. Though people in delhi drive like maniacs. Nobody uses indicators, people just kinda drift from one side of the road to the other.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 1 Mumbai – 0

 

12. Friendliness

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  • Mumbai definitely scores over delhi here. You just someone an address and they will make sure you reach it.
  • While Delhi people will help you, nobody will go out of their way to do so. Heck you might even get wrong directions at times.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 0 Mumbai – 1

 

13. Night life

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  • When it comes to the swankiest of clubs or the shadiest of bars, Mumbai has this one. Who are we kidding?
  • After all, it’s the city that never sleeps.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 0 Mumbai – 1

 

14. Entertainment

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  • Seriously? Is there even a doubt? From Prithvi Theatre to RK Studios, from stand up comedy to music gigs Mumbai has it all. And of course, Bollywood is in Mumbai.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 0 Mumbai – 1

 

15. Civilization & Civic Sense

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  • Ok, this has got to be the deciding factor.Despite Delhi scoring away on infrastructure and food and culture, nothing beats the people of Mumbai. Warm, friendly, supremely energetic, there is nothing that tires a Mumbaikar. What’s interesting is that the busiest people will stop in their tracks, take a moment out of their air-tight schedules and deign to help out a lost soul.
  • Not only are Mumbaikars down to earth and accepting of outsiders, they have the rare Indian quality of caring for public property and abiding by laws and helping their fellow man.
  • SCORE:Delhi – 0 Mumbai – 1
  • So the final count is in! Delhi – 7 Mumbai – 10

 
Ultimately, the two cities have their own charming traits and their own problems. The idea is to look at what you want in life and which all compromises you’re willing to make.

We love both in their own ways
Hope you like the post 😉

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