My India: Mumbai

One of the books which I read before coming to India was Behind The Beautiful Forevers : Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo – a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist recognized for documenting the lives of people in poverty.

“Here, in the thriving Western suburbs of the Indian financial capital, three thousand people had packed into, or on top of, 335 huts. It was a continuing coming-and-going of migrants from all over India – Hindus mainly, from all manner of castes and subcastes.”

Slums in Mombai

The Gateway of India taken from a sea view seat at the Sea Lounge CafΓ© in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

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The University of Mumbai, The Supreme Court, and The Chhatrapati Shivaji train station.

University

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train station

Mumbai is a city of extreme contrasts. Extreme wealth and extreme poverty are openly displayed throughout Mumbai.

The number of people living in the slums of Mumbai in 2020 is over 9 million.Β 

 

 

 

 

 

21 thoughts on “My India: Mumbai

  1. What beautiful buildings, Carol! Thanks for sharing those stunning ‘photos with us! I read several series that take place in Mumbai, and it’s so nice to be able to have some ‘photos to get a better mental picture. It’s such a fascinating place, isn’t it?

    • It is indeed a fascinating place. If I were so much younger I would love to study in Mumbai and get to know the soul of the city. As it was, I only saw it superficially.

    • Woof back to Max ! ❀
      It will be awhile that social equilibrium will be maintained in India. But then again, we, in North America, also have wealth disparity in our faces evident now with the covid-19 crises.

  2. Thank you for sharing a part of your world and adventures!.. πŸ™‚ β€œLife gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime, So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.” (Author Unknown).

    Hope all is well in your part of the universe and today, and all your tomorrows, are filled with love and happiness and life is all that you wish for it to be… πŸ™‚

    • That is a wonderful quote. Thank you. Writing this series is helping me to integrate my experience.
      May all your tomorrows also be filled with joy and dreams attained. ❀ Thank you so much for your beautiful comments.

  3. Being in India and currently stuck up in Mumbai, I can only advice the foreigners NEVER to set foot in Mumbai. And if they do, they should stay in great hotels like Taj, Oberoi or the likes and avoid going out.
    Mumbai is a failed city – and that’s a fact. The public transport is dead and the infrastructure is in shatters. And there is hardly anything in Mumbai which can interest the tourists. It has perhaps the highest population density in the world and no stakeholder – be it Government or Industries or local civic groups, is doing anything to bring that down to a respectable level. And ridiculously, people have to shell out more money to avail services in real estate and many other walks of life in Mumbai.
    India is a big country with a great cultural heritage – one which can never be found in a crammed up dilapidated place like Mumbai. Try visiting the North East India, Varanasi, Odisha, Ladakh, Tiruchirappalli, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Satara, Nagpur etc the next time you are in India. India has lots to offer for every tourist.
    Good photographs though. Thank you Madam for sharing..!!

    • Thanks for your thoughts and insight. I found that my stay in Mumbai was pretty superficial and I would have liked to stay longer to get into its inner soul. Be well. ❀

      • You are most welcome to visit India again and stay longer.. ❀

        Thank you for visiting my profile Madam..!! Do remember to check some more unique sights and scenes I have captured, depicting some of the unique features of India..!! πŸ™‚

        Thanks a lot Madam.. πŸ™‚
        You too stay safe and take care.. ❀

  4. Mumbai has an amazing embrace, it welcomes people with open arms. People flock to the cities with dreams and aspirations. Can they afford to live in the city ? No. That is what primarily what had led to slums. There are programs to rehabilitate folks to proper accomodation like community accomodation, however their pace has been outmatched by the influx of migrants. Mumbai is facing the brunt of slow development of villages and the aspirations of many.

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