71 Photos - Apr 7, 2012
Photo: Dhobi Ghat outdoor laundry. A household can have all of their laundry done for about $1.  All items are double tagged so the rightful owner is known; they're washed/dried together, then sorted, packaged and delivered.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhobi_GhatPhoto: Dhobi Ghat outdoor laundry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhobi_GhatPhoto: These pools are used to clean laundry; the "flogging stone" -- as they call it -- is used to beat laundry against and scrub off dirt/etc.Photo: A typical house at Dhobi Ghat; ~100sqft for a family of 6 to 15 (!!!) people.Photo: Here clothes are being ironedPhoto: Clothes for hospitals are sterilized in barrels with fires underneathPhoto: This guy was begging me to take a photo of him.Photo: A nicer house at Dhobi Ghat, complete with satellite TVPhoto: Scrub scrub scrubPhoto: ScrubberPhoto: This guy started barking immediately after the photoPhoto: This kid said "sir photo, sir photo"Photo: Carrying clothesPhoto: HelloPhoto: Adarsh ( Googler and tour guide ;) and myselfPhoto: Dogs getting some shut eye in the shadePhoto: Antilia, the world's most expensive house at $1 billion.  1 family (Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries). 27 floors, 40,000 sqft of land, 570 feet tall, 400,000 sqft of interior space.  6 stories for car parking alone, to park 168 car collection. Inside the house you will find nine elevators with lot of lounge and personal gym in each floor. Served by 600 servants.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antilia_(building) http://mostexpensivehouses.org/Photo: Dharavi slum; one of the biggest in Asia, as seen in Slumdog Millionaire.  This slum has thriving businesses of all sorts.  Millions are made from recycling, manufacturing, etc., and it has full schools systems.  But living conditions are incredibly poor.  Residents mostly *choose* to live here, and have turned down offers from the govt to tear down the slums and replace with more suitable housing.Read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DharaviPhoto: In this shop they're shredding plastic garbage (chairs, etc) into pieces, which will be sold (melted first?).  You can't tell, but this place is spewing tons of plastic dust into the air.  And there are dozens of them throughout Dharavi.  The air quality is terrible; my eyes and throat hurt after just 5 minutes, and we stayed for about 2 hours.Photo: Paper recycling.  Remember, this was all picked ouf of the garbage.Photo: Plastics.Photo: DharaviPhoto: DharaviPhoto: Blue dog ... he must have gotten into the drainage system, where all the water is blue for some reason (chemicals from some of the businesses?)Photo: Kids sortingPhoto: Notice ... no shoes!  This would have definitely sliced my feet open...Photo: Having a shave in DharaviPhoto: Plastics are first sorted into type and color, and then shredded before being sold.Photo: 60 Feet Road, DharaviPhoto: Eggs on 90 Feet RoadPhoto: Jeans are manufactured in Dharavi from recycled materials.Photo: Electrical wiring is very shotty.  Also notice houses are stacked on top of one another, up to 4 stories tall (all built with scrap wood, metal and plaster).Photo: Edge of 60 Feet RoadPhoto: This smelled horrible.  It's hard to see, but many houses were spewing water ... and presumably waste.Photo: Touch this and you'll probably fry.Photo: Dharavi slum residents pay ~$4 USD/month in rent, but have satellite TV!Photo: Andheri train stationPhoto: This train is still moving fast, but everyone is about to jump off while it's still moving to get to the staircase immediately behind me.  I was definitely not standing in a safe place!Photo: AdarshPhoto: The WR train empties out near the Churchgate stop on a Saturday night, as it's the last stopPhoto: making sugar cane juicePhoto: Just like Central Park in NYCPhoto: Taj Mahal Palace HotelPhoto: Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.  My room is just to the left of the horse :)Photo: Mumbai PolicePhoto: Gateway of IndiaPhoto: Taj Mahal Palace HotelPhoto: My hotel room viewPhoto: Taj Mahal Palace HotelPhoto: The founder of the Tata, which owns Taj Mahal Palace HotelPhoto: In a taxi cab.  I had mad negotiation skills thanks to advice from Adarsh.  "20 rupees, ha?  Nahi 40 ... 20"Photo: Tiny van cabs are common.Photo: Speed bumps errrr breakers.  I also saw signs that said "Speed Humps" in Bangalore.Photo: Yummm.  Potato bread, battered potato, coriander, and spices.  Adarsh, what was this called again?Photo: WR train at Churchgate stationPhoto: Danger, 25000 volts.  And of course the warning about the roof top is ignored during peak hours.  Unfortunately I was only here on Sat/Sun so I didn't witness first hand.Photo: Churchgate station.Photo: The train, which I took this photo from, is approaching on this track!!Photo: Fruits, veg, etc.Photo: The HeroPhoto: Ashish, myself, Adarsh outside of ISKCON Temple.  They're twins, if it's not obvious.  Great stories of the confusion is caused during childhood, school, etc.Photo: Pav Bhaji at Juhu beach.  Soooo good.  But soooo bad for my acid reflux; tomato based, onions, etc.Photo: Clothes are for sale on the street in many areas.Photo: Woodwork being sold as "antique", when really it was made with recycled pieces in Dharavi.Photo: Kadai Paneer.  Amazing.  Again, terrible for my acid reflux since it's tomato based and contains onions, garlic, spices, etc.  Still, worthwhile!  The dish is called a "kadai" and it's cooked in a similar but larger version of what it's served in.Photo: Cabs are all decorated.Photo: Don't Touch Me...Photo: Dabbaawallah at Google Mumbai.  Read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DabbawalaPhoto: Google MumbaiPhoto: Google MumbaiPhoto: Google Mumbai