When the roads are waterlogged, train services disrupted, traffic comes to a halt and the rain is non-stop, what keeps Mumbai alive is the helpfulness and brotherhood among Mumbaikars, popularly known as ‘the spirit of Mumbai’ on social media. While it is supposed to be a good thing, the social media as usual took no time in giving it a sly twist of humour. As Mumbaikars stand together during heavy downpour, helping each other, fighting all odds, keeping the city alive, continuing with their regular lives, Twitterati started a word play highlighting everything that is wrong about the ‘spirit of Mumbai’.
From Paresh Rawal to Vir Das, both celebrities and commoners alike, criticised the 'spirit of Mumbai' in their own humorous ways. These ten tweets are so painfully real, you will burst out laughing.
Vir Das at His Wittiest Best:
I think the Spirit of Mumbai is a whiskey. They say it's neat, It's usually drowned in water.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) July 9, 2018
When you're drowning in Mumbai rains but need to show the world 'Spirit of Mumbai' pic.twitter.com/N9CdXwHwNr
— Aakash (@PUNchayatii) July 10, 2018
Like They Say, It Is Just a Phase:
Stages of #MumbaiRains :
3. Bhenchod Traffucked
4. It is getting Annoying
6. Spirit of Mumbai
— Akhri Pasta (@TheLitttleLiar) July 3, 2018
The spirit of Mumbai ...! pic.twitter.com/027yYZ3i7R
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) July 10, 2018
Right in the Feels!
Spirit of Mumbai is mostly employers with no consideration.
— Salil (@sa_lil) July 10, 2018
Who called it The spirit of Mumbai & not Stockholm syndrome.
— Flying Sam (@Naa_Cheese) July 4, 2018
Atul Khatri Has Said It:
"The Spirit of Mumbai" weather just caught some more steam #MumbaiRains
— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) July 9, 2018
There, There ...
The spirit of Mumbai is that if you don't get to fucking work you don't get fucking paid so you can't pay rent and then you will be on the fucking street which already has knee deep water.
— Second Class Citizen (@bgradecitizen) July 3, 2018
It's called 'the spirit of Mumbai' because corpse of Mumbai is drowned and dead. #MumbaiRains
— s a T y a (@POETICandFUNNY) July 9, 2018
Just About Right:
Spirit of Mumbai is like a tadpole. It surfaces during the rains.
— Ray Stings (@Purba_Ray) July 10, 2018
Jokes apart, the repeated tragedies of civic failure in Mumbai are indeed a matter of concern and covering them up with the shield of 'spirit of Mumbai' is really not the solution. Though it does gives Mumbaikars the motivation to deal with the situation, it is high time the authorities take corrective actions so that the city doesn't have to suffer the same way every single year. Don't you agree?