It was a treat to watch the first ever Flash Mob in India and that too in a city which can dare and the city which really needs such type of activities.
It is not unusal in a city like New York where you are walking on a street or boarding a subway and you suddenly see a group of people breaking in different types of actions, sometimes, dancing, sometimes beating drums, sometimes Frozen, sometimes posing naked and sometimes without pants .
But then that is New York and no one is surprised and many people in the city are willing to take part in such social experiments.
But doing it in India and that too in the most crowded city Mumbai and within Mumbai the most crowded place CST railway station takes courage.
The Flash Mob Mumbai held on 27th November was special in many ways, for one it happened at CST railway station which only some 3 years back witnessed one of the most horrifying terrorist attacks, it was a tribute to the people who lost their lives in the cowardly terrorist attacks of 26/11.
In addition to that the success of Flash Mob Mumbai shows how India has changed now, in a conservative country like India where people are often shy of being part of any social experiments (except for dancing in their relatives wedding), it was heartning to see around 200 people between the ages of 5 and 50 dancing their heart out and dancing like no one is watching.
The idea to do the Flash Mob in Mumbai came from Shonan Kothari a 23 year old who works for a CSR consultancy in Mumbai and though she had to run quite a bit to get the permission for conducting the event but she did managed it and that is again a sign of changing India where even railway babus could understand and able to appreciate what others are trying to achieve through such an event and then coordinate, provide required permissions and support for such an event.
Lastly its only appropriate that the first Flash Mob happened in Mumbai, the city needed it, the city which has bore so many scars of terrorist attacks in the past, where a person has to toil hard throughout the day to earn a day's bread, where every other day some or the other crime gets committed and people never feel safe walking out of their homes in the morning, where the city environment has become gloomy and people have frown on their faces, it is important that this event (and hopefully many more such events in future) happened in this city.
The people in the city needs to cheer up, and all the pain that city has suffered cannot be alleviated but at least such events can help bring a smile to Mumbaikars' faces and try to change the atmosphere in the city.
Well done Shonan Kothari and Bravo Flash Mob Mumbai - Bravo.