"Difference between Chennai, Beijing, The Netherlands, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kolkata AND Mumbai is, ONLY while calling MUMBAI your tongue gets twisted and pronounces "BOMBAY" !!!" : Raj Thackeray
Ok. Before starting further let me make it clear I'm not a hardcore fan of Raj Thackeray or anything but above statement makes sense. Thus as we are on same page now, let's proceed.
Do you know all the cities/countries mentioned in above statement are either changed their names or regained their old names and those are mentioned in above caption. Did you ever hear these places being called by their old names after they renamed or regained their old name? Or do you really even know/remember their old names now? (I'll mention later why I'm stressing on this "Re-gain" part) . No.. You'd never hear those old names now ... or may be hardlyyy ever.
Whenever I run into the discussions with American friends, colleagues, people in general and the discussion comes somewhere to Mumbai and they want to know general things about Mumbai and they end up asking "so how'z the weather of Bombay" or "what's the population of Bombay" I don't blame them but don't stop correcting them "No. It's Mumbai". So the obvious statement comes "Oh right, you guys changed it to Mumbai... right right.." and again I can't stop myself from correting them one more time "No it's not changed. It got it's original name back. It was always Mumbai. Throughout the history. But the brits changed it to Bombay since their heavy tounges could not pronounce it correctly. So we are just trying to let Mumbai have it old name back". I seriously don't blame americans or any other people who don't hail from India. But it always amazes me how we indians always feel it shy to call it Mumbai and always want to call it Bombay despite knowing the fact that it was always Mumbai.. I think Shakespeare himself must have hardly believed his statement when he said "What's in name" coz we all know name is everything. Otherwise we would have called Aishwarya Rai Brad Pitt or vice versa or would have called Mohd Azharuddin Marilyn Monroe (or vice versa again)...
Thus if you don't wanna call Barack Obama Bin Laden (or vice versa), please call Mumbai as Mumbai and not BOMBAY... !!!
PS : Raj Thackeray never uttered anything like that in his life. It was just me who came out with that since I wanted to stress my point :)