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Varied, yet one

entertainment Updated: Mar 18, 2010 01:23 IST
Genelia d’ Souza
Genelia d’ Souza
Hindustan Times
Genelia d’ Souza

Genelia d' SouzaI love Mumbai and everything it stands for. While I sit in my hotel in Melbourne and look outside the window, I miss the hustle and bustle of the city. Mumbaikars believe in living on the edge — the energy and fervour of the city is reflected in the attitude of every resident of the city.

We believe in making each day count and do our best in whatever we do. Being a Mumbai girl at the heart of it, I can testify that the pace and the exposure offered by the city is tremendous. You have to be up to speed with the current happenings around the city along with its pulse proceed to be able to do justice to who you are and what you do.

Being an Indian and moreover a Mumbaikar, you can of course imagine my plight as I am unable to catch any of the IPL matches on my TV set. We’ve waited two years to have our IPL to be back in our country and now that it is, I am missing out on all the initial action.

Twitter and You tube just don’t have the same effect! IPL has caught the country and especially Mumbai by storm. For me IPL, in a way, symbolises the spirit of Mumbai — relentless, self assured, confident always up for a challenge.

Bollywood is also such an inherent part of IPL that it’s is yet another reason for me to be close to it. Our fraternity not just supports this unique format of cricket put also actively engage as franchisees. Mumbai being the home of Bollywood yet again helps me draw an obvious parallel.

IPL brings together the strengths and variations of so many players from different origins, all playing as one team! How else would you imagine watching the magic of Sachin’s straight drive and Sanath Jayasuriya’s fearless big hits playing and supporting the same side! The IPL has distributed and regrouped players of various countries to form parts of different IPL teams.

I am looking forward to watching stalwarts who otherwise play on the same side battle each other like Adam Gilchrist – Matthew Hayden, Rahul Dravid – Virender Sehwag and Shane Warne – Andrew Symonds this time, not just for their own country but for the sheer joy of making your place in the team count!

Just in the same way Mumbai is a melting pot of various cultures and people from different walks of life and background are put together to prove themselves. Mumbai is Mumbai because of the diversity – Mumbai is Mumbai because of this oneness!