A very sweet song from one of the best movies of last year..."Zindagi na milegi dobara."
Love and Light,
From one sufi to another,
|A busy street in Bandra, the suburbs of Mumbai.|
|A snapshot of the sea of rickshaws also know as auto-rickshaws or "ricks" or simply "auto". These are smaller than the average car and therefore more efficient to navigate the busy streets of Mumbai.|
|These pictures were taken from the 1st floor of the shop we walked into. The manager was nice enough to let me take pictures not only of the streets but also of his shop. This was rare since most designer stores do not allow photography since they want to prevent people from copying their designs.|
|The high rises in Bandra.|
|These are facing the Indian Oceann.|
|Buildings which have seen better days but house the middle class and upper middle class families.|
|Notice the clothes line in almost every balcony. |
Indians still prefer to handwash their clothes and dry them on their clothes line.
Given the smog, dust and pollution, even the clean clothes end up with this distinct smell.
For the few that have washing machines and dryers, they still avoid using it to keep their electric bill low.
Further, since no fabric softer is used, clothes are rough to the touch and deteriorate much quickly.
|A shot of the slums where their windows open to the open sewer below. Imagine the filth, flies, germs and the smell. |
Yet people live in these conditions.
|These "homes" start off as illegal little shacks and over time take over entire neighborhoods. |
Notice the old, rusted tin sheets used as siding and walls.
The large blue containers is the only supply of water.
Since these are made-shift homes, there is no plumbing.
Electricity is stolen from the city lines and illegal lines run amok providing electricity to these homes.
Some of these homes are fully equipped with fans, air-conditioning units, flat-screen tvs, refrigerators etc.
More to come in an upcoming post on the slums of Mumbai.