Too Busy to Breathe? Congratulations, You Are the New Elite

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Too Busy to Breathe? Congratulations, You Are the New Elite

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

M

y friend, when asked where he lives, always says Bandra. Just Bandra. When asked the natural Bombay question: East or West, he changes the topic. Because he lives in Bandra East. And saying that, is how a Tinder right swipe turns to a left.

Bandra West, like South Delhi, or New Alipore, or Banjara Hills, is not just an address: It’s a status symbol. A status symbol is a valuable asset. It announces your bank balance without revealing it. It’s a gentle reminder to others of your high social standing, and makes sure they know theirs.

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