As I was driving home tonight – or rather bring twisted and turned about in an auto rickshaw en route home I had this sudden realization. Mumbai is like Disneyland. In both places your senses are completely assaulted and over stimulated, sounds, smells, noise, laughter and tears (yes indeed there are tears in Disneyland as many a young child has been terrified by many a life size Disney character.) Sweet food and snacks are everywhere you turn. In fact in both places you can easily get your hands on drinks that are basically pure sugar water. You can also enjoy a donut or a jalabie. (being made in the video below). There are long lines to get anywhere like on Splash Mountain or the train to get to your office. You wonder constantly – where did all these people come from and how did all my money disappear so fast. There is a predictable storyline and a predetermined cast of characters found in the Bollywood stars and cartoon characters. Even in a city of 18 million people it can feel like a Small World After All. Last weekend I went to brunch with some new friends where I ran into a woman I had spoken with months back while searching for an apartment in Mumbai. It’s a small works after all we both said. If Dinseyland can hold the title of “The Happiest Place on Earth” Mumbai can claim the title of “The Realest Place on Earth.” Are happy and real the same thing? I think it depends on your view of things. But what I do know is each day in Mumbai feels like a total rollercoaster and the lights never seem to go off.