Have you ever looked at your friends’ lifestyle and told them, “You would fit right in Mumbai!” Or New York. Or any city that seems to ‘match their personality’? But what if it worked in reverse as well? What if cities have personalities of their own? What if Amsterdam is drunk because it doesn’t want to have sober thoughts? What if Venice is an old school romantic stuck in the millennial generation? A lot of these what ifs were answered by Twitter recently!
It started when a user tweeted a touching quote by John Berger, and soon people were describing various cities as people.
"Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and in this hasn’t changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman."
– John Berger
— Izah. (@izahshahid) July 5, 2019
From Delhi to Galway, netizens seem to know every city’s story –whether emotional or funny! Check them out:
1. New York, USA
Meanwhile New York is a drunk Italian who shouts to every passerby : Hey, I am walkin 'ere.
— talanister (@talanister) July 5, 2019
2. Mysore, India
Mysore is a beautiful woman, royal and charismatic. Had a glorious past, but now wakes up everyday to realise that the past is well behind, and the glory long gone. She lulls slowly waiting for another chapter of her life…
— Sreedhanya Shanmughan (@sreedhanya) July 6, 2019
3. Dubai, UAE
Dubai is that uber rich person with all the money and the lavish lifestyle, but have never experienced real love and affection, and are emotionally distant. All this glory but nothing to live for.
Behind all that glitter and sparkle, there lies a shallow and empty existence.
— زینب ✨ (@zainab_ah1) July 6, 2019
4. Turbat, Pakistan
Turbat is a conservative and unhappy woman in her early 30s . She isn’t happy herself so tryin’ to destroy everyone’s peace too.
— Mahan Aslam (@Maahann_Aslam) July 6, 2019
5. Bangalore, India
Bangalore is a powder-faced, jasmine scented old grandma who helplessly holds a kerchief up to the traffic. Her memory is Helter-skelter, her skyscrapers are comically misplaced. She snootily bargains with the tarkari saleswomen but compassionately gazes up at jacaranda blossoms.
— Nivedita Gnat (@NathNivedita) July 6, 2019
6. Galway, Ireland
Galway is a mischievous auntie with an array of mad hats.
— Emer O’Toole (@Emer_OToole) July 6, 2019
7. Mumbai, India
Mumbai is an immigrant who sincerely works her ass off, clocking over 60 hours a week and hopes to save up enough to retire in a quiet and quaint home in the countryside. Her aspirations can wait, because there is still so much work to do and rents to pay.
— Sudhir Pai (@mypaisworth) July 8, 2019
8. Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Pindi is a fashion disaster fat guy with poor taste in motorcycle alterations and graffiti art
— Agha (@Agha_themoiz) July 5, 2019
9. Delhi, India
Delhi, I think, is lovesick student who still hasn’t gotten over his first love and therefore drowns his sorrow in half a bottle of cheap whiskey every night, but he knows he has responsibilities so he gets up next morning, gulps down bitter coffee and goes to his part-time job
— The Boy Who Died Inside (@praveen_k_roy) July 6, 2019
10. Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi,Kenya🇰🇪 is a strong lady who looks young and strong though in her early 50s,she’s gone through hard times and still keeps high hope that it’s gonna be better some days to come.
— Kasingo_B&J (@marthakasingo1) July 7, 2019
11. Lahore, Pakistan
Lahore is a romantic young man in his thirtees with full of charm and charisma. He attracts lot of sweet hearts & beauties of the world so as he gets many envies, haters and enemies.
— Optimistic_Engineer (@ShahidSiddhu) July 5, 2019
Isn’t it a romantic thought? To believe our cities have stories that only we know of? To find home in a place you might say is a drunken teenager? Well, if you ask me, Varanasi is an old artist who plays melodious tunes on his flute during daytime, admires art and sunsets in evenings, and sits alone with his thoughts and a drink while looking at the moon at night.
Who do you think is your city? Share your stories with us.