I visited Mumbai recently, which was an incredible experience, I got some great photos (I hope you agree, or this could be quite awkward….)
The Dhobi Ghat in particular was fascinating and I’m actually planning on using something like it in a story I’m working on.
The Dhobi Ghat is like Mumbai’s washing machine, the people there wash everything by hand, from hospital scrubs (not sure how sterile that is) to garnments just out of the factory, to private individuals’ clothes. The water is heated in these big metal drumbs balanced over little fire pits. It was hot, cavernous, smokey – and incredibly atmospheric. It was late in the day so the sun was low and the light was golden….
That said, it was very sad to see the conditions the people lived in. This isn’t a slum, but it’s very very basic. It puts into context just how lucky we all are. The tour guide assured me that the fee for the tour would go towards the community so I paid a bit extra to make a contribution – but who knows whether he was telling the truth!
The Gateway of India was built by the English so that when they arrived by boat it would be the first thing they saw on their arrival. Here’s the photo in full below.
And finally what must be the most dangerous and precarious way to move a wardrobe out of someone’s house EVER. And yet they managed it without anyone getting hurt.
Hope you enjoyed this little tour of Mumbai!