There are countless reasons for our cosmopolitan city to stay up all night. But here are the seven most compelling reasons why we shouldn’t have to go home till 7 am.
1. Safety in numbers
Moshe’s was robbed for the sixth time a few days ago. CCTV cameras at the Colaba eatery’s office showed two masked men walking in at 6.22 am and ransacking the place. It wouldn’t happen for the seventh time if it were open till 7 am and packed with customers awaiting their pancakes. Cutting a queue full of hungover, hungry people is no easy task.
2. Keeping the masses happy
Pilgrims walking to Siddhivinayak Temple every Monday night will have enough pit stops to relax in through the night-long march.
3. Happy, safe students
Hostel students and residents won’t have to loiter on the streets from 1.30 am to 7 am or kill time at five-star hotel toilets just because they’ve missed their hostel deadline.
4. Health advantage
Staying up till 7 am will encourage more people to eat breakfast, which as everyone knows, is the most important meal of the day. Health is wealth.
5. Fewer traffic jams
As a result of having partied till 7 am, a lot of people will bunk/call in sick/go late to work the next day. This will give Mumbai’s jam-packed 9 am roads some respite.
(P.S. Employers also won’t feel bad about keeping their employees in office till 11 pm, knowing that they would have another eight hours of revelry left.)
6. Job opportunities
We spend more money, restaurants make more profits. They then pay the government taxes and the excise department is happy. Also, since most authorities involved —whether governmental or entrepreneurial — will have to hire two shifts (from 7 pm to 1 am, and then 1 am to 7 am) to keep the machinery running, it will create more employment opportunities.
7. Save Kingfisher
Vijay Mallya could use all the help he can get in times like this. After all, this is the man who bought Mahatma Gandhi’s belongings for a whopping Rs 9 cr a few years ago. Drinking his beer is the least we can do to lend a helping hand and bail him out of his financial woes.
7 places in Mumbai to hang out (now that the nightlife scene is out)
Makes complete sense since the average commuter in Mumbai spends half his life either waiting for a train or in one. The crowds might be a little hard to manage though.
You could carry takeout along and just park under a tree and watch the world go by. Best part — the longer you stay, the cheaper it is.
Good seating area, great ambience and even a few bars in the vicinity. Need we say more?
Spots with views to die for. Best suited for the winter. The rest of the year, you need to find a way to deal with the elements.
Green, comfortable and most don’t have an entry fee. Only problem — you first have to find one in this urban jungle.
They are free, have enough and more legroom and roofs to keep harsh weather at bay. And at last count, their numbers stack up to 400. Think of the options.
Scan the papers, find a morning show, get a tub of popcorn and watch the hours pass. Tip: Choose films that get the worst reviews, so that you can get some conversation in. And avoid the weekends.