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Why my blog is Mumbai On a High #FridayReflections

The reason behind my blog and its name.

There is a reason for everything.

Bailee Madison


Like most bloggers, I am often asked the reason behind my blog and its name. In fact, last year,  I wrote a blog post on how my blog got its name . That blog post got quite a few laughs from my readers and I was glad.


[Tweet “Because the ultimate aim of my blog is to present a point of view that will make the reader laugh.”]


There are too many things in our lives to make us sad. And far too often, we focus on the bad. To my mind, life is too short to spend grumbling.

[Tweet “We should find time to laugh every now and then.”]

So, I thought “Mumbai on a High ” is a very punny name. I know the pun is supposed to be the poorest form of humour but honestly, when you live on the 23rd floor of a building which is on a hill, aren’t you high enough?

I’ve been in Mumbai for the past 36 years. Even before that, I spent most of my life in Mumbai and I think that this is the city or place that defines me. So even though this blog is not entirely devoted to Mumbai, it is definitely a view point of a Mumbaikar who lives quite high up.

There were several options open to me such as CurryMeMumbai which was how my blog was once called. But this gives an impression that the blog was all about food. I have various other interests so I thought I should call it Mumbai Daily. This too was nixed as it would mean a daily post. Also it sounds strangely like a newspaper.  So I chose Mumbai On a High.

The view from the top

Undoubtedly a bird’s eye view gives one a different perspective of things. Seen from above, one not only gets the whole picture, but in a way a highly sanitized picture where the grime and dirt are invisible. Equally, on a hazy day, the view is fuzzy and unclear. And when everything is seen at half the size it really is, things can seem disproportionate. With all these drawbacks, why do I insist on this name, you may ask.

Well, because on a clear day when you can really see forever, the view is simply stunning.

There are mornings when I stop in the middle of whatever mundane task I’m doing just to soak in the beauty of a golden sun bathed city waiting to slowly get up.

The glorious sun which as it sets, fills the  Western sky with myriad colours , a sight hard to match anywhere in the world. The whole expanse of sea and sky, the buildings clamouring to be seen each day, the peaceful calm of the lighthouse I can spy in the distance and the screeching parrots that fly past me each morning serve to remind me that indeed, I have a unique view.

Don’t you agree with me then, that my blog is aptly named? 

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This is my response to  the prompt put out on this week’s #FridayReflections

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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20 Responses

  1. Shalini R says:

    That is a great reason and yes it is apt for your blog. Are you participating in the #AtoZChallenge? Please tell me that you are.
    Shalini R recently posted…A Walk in the Rain #BookReviewMy Profile

    • Bellybytes says:

      Shalini it’s people like you who make me want to join up but honestly I haven’t been inspired this year. I’ve had such a hectic time these past few months that I want to live without a schedule and the stress of meeting deadlines

  2. From the glorious colors of an epic sunset, to a view so sharp that it hurts your eyes, Mumbai must be a magic city indeed. I probably will never see it but what a wonderful thing our Internet is, that we can travel effortlessly from blog to blog in a shower of electrons. Yes, your blog is aptly named.
    The Unknown Journey Ahead recently posted…Why The Unknown Journey Ahead?My Profile

  3. bushra says:

    Indeed your blog stands by your name. When the world is in rush and no time for laugh your words will be like rains in summers . Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  4. Lata Sunil says:

    oh.. I love the story behind the name. Being a Mumbaikar, I love how your posts have a little bit of Mumbai logic in them. We are always happy to go on with life with whatever it gives us.. That’s the spirit of a Mumbaikar.
    Lata Sunil recently posted…What is your Mount Everest?My Profile

  5. Love the title of your blog and having been born in Bombay and then lived there permanently from when I was 9 till 21, I know what you mean. It has its dark side but it was always the only Indian city I was glad to live in.

  6. Ness says:

    Sounds like the perfect name for your blog. Personally I love a good pun and my blog title started off as one, too. I began as ‘Ness Of Boganville’ . I thought it sounded like a play on the novel ‘Tess of the D’urbervilles’ ( Bogan is Aussie slang for a low class person), but obviously I am too classy for that (ha!) and so I just took the bogan bit out. I love your aim, to make people laugh… Mine too!

  7. Shilpa Gupte says:

    That is an apt name for a blog whose owner lives the ‘high’ life!
    Whoa! 23rd floor and that too on a hill! What a view it must be!
    Shilpa Gupte recently posted…30 Minutes timer to just write.My Profile

  8. Bellybytes says:

    Wow ! Two in a row! That’s heartening indeed. Thanks Corinne and Sanchie

  9. Bellybytes says:

    Wow! I’m thrilled with this shoutout! Thanks Sanch

  10. Bellybytes says:

    Thanks Sanch for the shoutout. Will try and send in my post for this week .

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