"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need".
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
The other thing we all need in a city like Mumbai is 'space' but not everyone is lucky to have enough space in their apartments to grow a garden or have a library for that matter. However, that should not stop us from loving plants and books and it all depends on whether you love them enough because if you do, then you will make room for your plants and books even in a tiny apartment. When I first came to this city ten years ago, I lived in a tiny room as a paying guest but even then I had potted plants on my windowsill and books stacked on the floor. My old landlady loved me all the more because I had volunteered to water her plants. With time I moved from paying guest accommodation to rented apartments (first a studio and then to bigger ones) and I changed at least eight houses in the last ten years in this city but my books and plants followed me where ever I went. So I know that if you love gardening, you can make your garden (small or big) anywhere in your house. In the balcony (if you have one) in terra-cotta pots, on the windowsills in beer cans and wine bottles, you can grow essential herbs in tea cans and keep them on your kitchen windowsill, and can grow money plant in recycled wine bottles even in the bathroom. You don't need a backyard (an alien term in Mumbai anyway) if you have windows (we all have that right!). And you don't have to have a green thumb either, if you choose your plants wisely and learn about companion planting (go Google).
Here are some inspiring pictures of lovely potted gardens in balcony and windowsills, plants in cans, indoor herbs garden and greens in old shoes (this one takes the cake).
So where there's a will, there's a......garden!