Mumbai versus Delhi, there is no comparison between these two cities because both are well developed and maintained their own but still, a debate between these two cities is something that is perennial, like a cuisine popular in all seasons.
This endless debate is the curious case of ‘who came first the egg or the hen and churns excitement no less than an India-Pakistan cricket match. Aamchi Mumbai is the city is the city of dreams and the city of hopes. It is the lovechild of money and power, the financial and commercial capital of the country. On the other hand ‘Dilwalo ki Dilli’ has a rich history of its own lying at the helm of all affairs and intrigues. It is the city of culture and legends, the stage of political power and the seat of power of our country. But the million dollar question remains which of the two cities is better?
There are many parameters on which you can compare the two cities, includes weather, freedom, outlook, history, culture and most importantly food.
The best thing about living in the capital is experiencing its seasons. You may sweat and fume, and collapse into a puddle during the relentless summer but there is always the absolutely fabulous winter to look forward to. The days get shorter the morning get foggier, the nights get downright chilly. But when we think of Mumbai, however cramped and claustrophobic your apartment may be, the moment you drive by the seaside and watch the horizon expand before you, it is easy to understand why Mumbai is described as the city of endless possibilities. Walk on the beach and let the water trickle on your feet or simply sit at Marine Drive and let the sound of waves take you over.
When it comes to gastronomic treats, it is definitely Delhi which enjoys an upper hand. No matter what your tastebuds crave, you can find it all in Delhi. Trawl the lanes of old Delhi for the best kebabs and kormas. Sample the wares of the delightfully named Paranthewali Gali. Try the chats and gol-gappas at Bengali market or relish the momos at Dili Haat. Walk your way to the cafes of 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 perfect for different appetites, budgets, and the insatiable India palette. And while Mumbai has its own charm when it comes to food, it is specialized for its pav, from pav bhaji, vada pav to keema pav and so on. From food let’s move to history and culture of both cities. Hands down, Delhi beats Mumbai when we talk about the culture and historicity of two cities. There is a strange narrative found within the historical monuments, the age-old buildings and the galis 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.
To conclude, the aura of Delhi is that of an intellectual city while Mumbai breathes the Bollywood air. I love both the cities in their own ways!