It's not original to say that Mumbai is a city of great contrasts but it is definitely the first thing you notice.
Brand new skyscrapers nestle next to crumbling colonial mansions and slum areas are just metres away, women in saris walk next to girls in jeans and t-shirts, fishermen carry their huge catch in baskets on their heads while computer programmers walk by while emailing from their blackberries. I think this is what makes Mumbai such an interesting city as you never know what's around the next corner. I know it's also where many of its problems lie as the gap between the rich and the penniless is huge and blatant to see. But it also feels like a city of opportunity and change and this makes it an energising place to be as anything really can happen.