Mumbai Is A Cultural Wasteland, Says The Hindu
Having dipped our toes into the great New Delhi vs Mumbai culture debate more than once last year (and come away sufficiently drenched from the response), we realise what a good eyeball grabber the story tends to be. Everyone loves a good bashing, and none more so than one that roils up alliances and tests city fealties. Now, The Hindu has waded into these booby-trapped waters, offering its perspective on which city should rightfully wear the culture crown, and no surprise, it’s New Delhi! The venerable paper trots out the usual examples—we censor, we’re home to two Thackerays, our nightlife is dying, we love Bollywood—and a couple of damning quotes to drive home its point that we’re essentially one big wasteland.
“When the U. N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon visited Mumbai, a party was hosted for him by an industrialist and the guest list was essentially glamour-driven, when it could have included more people engaged in public life,” huffs writer Santosh Desai to the paper. Srila Chatterjee, one of the partners of music venue Blue Frog, believes the culturati are few and far between in our city. “I’m constantly surprised by the interesting people I meet and engaging conversations I can have in Delhi,” says Chatterjee. “In Mumbai, you end up meeting the same people all the time.” Chatterjee also bemoans our lack of culinary diversity. “I don’t know of a single restaurant in Mumbai that serves the cuisine of Nepal or Bhutan.”
So the key claims are a) we love Bollywood to the exclusion of pretty much everything else b) we’re boring and c) we don’t have a Bhutanese restaurant. What do you think?
The New City Maximum [The Hindu]Tags: Art, Bollywood, Film, Media, Mumbai, Mumbai Culture, New Delhi, Nightlife, Santosh Desai, Srila Chatterjee, The Hindu