If a picture’s worth a 1,000 words, let me tell you about Mumbai in 30,000.
Everybody in Mumbai is hustling and bustling. As one of my acquintances mentioned, people come here to make money – which is why anywhere you look, you can find somebody selling something. Although a lot of it takes place in the street-side stalls and near the railway stations, there are a few big markets also around – such as one of the most popular ones in Mumbai – called the Thieves’ Bazaar. Wonder why.
Guy carrying peanuts on his head. Simply impressive.
Dirty clothes from all over the city often wind up in open-air laundries, like this one (called Dobi Ghat). Over 3,000 people work here during the day standing knee-dip in water filled with chemicals and washing clothes. It earns them about $2.00 per day. Men wash the clothes. Women iron.
There are about 3 major train lines in Mumbai – carrying millions of people per day to and from work. Unfortunately, the system is struggling under the enormous load due to having to transport such a large population. Which results in a shocking 3,500+ accidents per year – many of which are due to people crossing the railway tracks unsafely. You can see for yourself.
Although the city is hectic and very busy, people still manage to find a time and a place to relax and take a break.
Typical lunch at work. There is a lady that rented a tiny room next to the bathroom in our building, so she supplies half of the offices with lunch. For half-a-dollar, it’s not a bad meal.
I know it’s been covered before, but it’s really one of the most fascinating things in this city – to see how 20 million people manage to get around using virtually every means possible.
Elections are currently taking place and are considered to be a huge deal in India. They have a large number of regional parties, so each candidate winds up promoting themselves by distributing these pamphlets where they outline their plan to achieve “world peace”. Don’t they look trustworthy?
Sunset at the Beach
Hundreds of locals and tourists flock to the Mumbai beaches each day to kick back and relax. Although they are too dirty to swim in (although it doesn’t stop everyone), it’s still a great place to find a little quite and get away from the busyness of the city. During the night, it’s particularly popular by couples who comes there to…