29 Apr 2011
Mumbai, India (day 2)
This place is frantic, frenetic and your basic sensory overload.
The taxis have manual meters, on the outside passenger side of their taxis, which need to be rotated with every fare.
The Banganga Tank, built in the 14th century, is one of the holiest Hindu areas. It is still used for ritual cleaning and devotion.
We watched a proceeding at The High Court.
The Dhobi Ghat at Mahalaxmi is the ultimate outdoor laundry mat. About 5,000 people work here, and many live here also.
Items are washed by sunrise, hung out to dry, and returned for that day. The work is known to be particularly good and sterile.
More than half of Mumbai's population are slum-dwellers, who exist with their entire families in tiny tenements (smaller than a typical hotel room). Bathrooms are one per floor. These are the deluxe slums.
Note the new high-rise in the background. It is no secret that only the “real estate mafia” gets to build these, and they are in cahoots with the local politicians. They are clearing out the slums for profitable high-rises.
Dharavi, pictured here, is Asia's largest shantytown.
Finally we found a quiet respite at Lands End in the Bandra district.