I live in the bustling area of Lokhandwala-Oshiwara in Mumbai but thankfully in a quieter street, in the residential part of Yamuna Nagar. Lokhandwala, as we all know, can get very crowded but it also has some benefits such as the amazing home delivery system—from food to stationery, almost everything is delivered at your doorstep in a matter of minutes.
I believe that the area in its entirety has become less crowded since the road, which connects Lokhandwala to Goregaon and Malad, has opened up. A lot of traffic has started to even out so that has been a great boon for us. However, I find it a little tedious stepping into Lokhandwala market due to crazy jams and persistent honking but on the other hand, it's a 'wonder-filled' market. There is nothing that you cannot find here.
The food in Lokhandwala is amazing. I especially love the street food and cuisines such as Lebanese and Chinese. Overall, this is a cuisine haven of good quality. There are quite a few hangout spots, some even crowded, but that's probably also the fun part of it.
The supermarkets here are a delight with friendly staff and 'wish-for-and-it's-there' items. Its a one-stop shop for your home solutions. I like how nothing in Lokhandwala is too far from your house and that makes life much easier—from gyms, beauty centres, dance classes, spas, cafés, organic food stores and much more.
Lokhandwala has a young and spirited vibe about itself, which I hope always remains. I wish they had a few more quieter hangouts, and of course, we could do with a few more traffic lights at crucial junctions, to make this area perfect.
I'll be surprised if I ever decide to live in any other part of Mumbai because even with its flaws, the benefits of Lokhandwala are many. To me, this is home like no other.
As told to Tavasya Agarwal