Mumbai is more expensive than Bay Area.

Jan 1 31 Comments

Came here to spend time with Family. Was looking for fine dine restaurants to eat with parents on New Years Eve. Called up couple of places and got 3 person table price in the range of $140-$640. This is just one instance.
Other instances include spending $15 just for evening snacks for one person.

Apartments: Looking at $300k apartments for 700 sq ft basically 2 bedroom apartments with really no views outside windows and no parking spots. The community has crumbling infrastructure and you don't get the feeling of new homes even in brand new apartments. There are open sewage drains visible and there's just dust and dirt everywhere you see.

People are horribly rash drivers and there's no concept of lane discipline. Traffic is worse than 101 at peak times and there are a lot scooters and bikes that just move at their own whims and fancies disregarding traffic discipline.

Now, I know these prices are standard prices for Bay area. But that's the whole point. Bay area offers prime tech market and one of the highest salaries in the world. People have lane disciplines and traffic is not unruly. Apartments are a bit more expensive yet they give you the quality for the money you're spending. It's possible to buy a condo in bay area from Bay Area salary in 10-15 years. You definitely can't buy a condo in Mumbai by earning in Mumbai with median salary at $ 30k at year.

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TOP 31 Comments
  • Mumbai isn’t for poor tech workers.
    Jan 1 1
    • Amazon fffgghh
      OP
      Never said it is. But the question is how are people surviving if tech workers from Bay area find the prices alarming.
      Jan 1
  • Seagate toti420
    With H1B scams, Bay Area will turn into Mumbai soon.
    Jan 1 2
    • Amazon fffgghh
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      I hope they make it more stringent to get H1B so that only qulified people get it.
      Jan 1
    • Intel (::)!s0$
      H1b scam is a chicken and egg problem. Companies want contractors!
      Feb 7
  • GoDaddy NDuE73
    Apartments are at least 3x more expensive in the bay. Not wholly convinced that Mumbai is more expensive than the bay, but the numbers are definitely a news to me.
    Jan 1 1
    • Amazon fffgghh
      OP
      Apartments are expensive in Bay but Bay also gives that ability to buy in 10-15 years. The economics of Mumbai don't add it up.
      Jan 1
  • Amazon fmjfn
    I wonder if this post will be flagged by Modi supporters for criticizing India. They seem to love flagging anything they disagree with! Regardless of how factual.
    Jan 12 0
  • Charter / Eng olaF61
    People have been living in same place for years, brought homes before the housing market rise. That is how they afford it. Another reason is why people stick to joint families.
    It is very difficult to buy your own place in Mumbai, especially if you are starting from scratch
    Jan 1 0
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    Do you have an foreign accent? When I was last in Mumbai, we always let our buddy ask for prices, organise reservations as we found that we had to pay a surcharge for having an accent other than the locals. (This is on top of the general expensiveness of the area).
    Jan 1 2
    • Amazon fffgghh
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      No foreign accent. These are the printed prices for food. For apartments, one can check online websites
      Jan 1
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      It has been a while since I was there last. Gosh, how does the average local survive?
      Jan 2
  • Union Bank Dhdjndkf
    Mumbai was always expensive. Are u a mumbaikar
    Jan 1 1
    • Amazon fffgghh
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      I am. It wasn't this crazy 4-5 years back.
      Jan 1
  • Credit Karma sudo -i
    Obviously if you want to go the ultra luxurious restaurants it's going to cost you alot even in Mumbai. I don't understand how anyone can complain about food being too expensive in Mumbai.
    Jan 1 0
  • Amazon BezAss
    All the corrupt fucking Indians and their shitty Bollywood whom people treat as"GOD" has made this happen. (After it was/is trading hub)
    Jan 1 0
  • Adobe adobeis
    30k usd is like 20lpa . Fang pays much more than that in Indian metros.
    Jan 1 2
    • FAANG’s presence in Mumbai is negligible.
      Jan 1
    • Adobe adobeis
      That's why I said metros.
      Jan 2

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