Mumbai is about as urban a place as one can imagine. Cars, bicycles, trucks, carts, cows, people, dogs, cats, horses, motorcycles, scooters, and autorickshaws dart around in a frenetic dance that can only leave one amazed that there aren't more - many more - collisions. The air is thick and the streets full of litter. My pictures cannot convey the whirlwind of activity, the noise, the interactions, the apparent chaos of it all.
In my last India post I confessed my fear of venturing out on my own. Maybe I would get lost and never find my way back. Maybe I would be carefully crossing the busy street, obtusely looking the wrong way for oncoming cars (I will never forgive the British for driving on the wrong side of the street). Maybe, while carefully looking the wrong way, I would trip in one of the huge potholes that mars the streets and sidewalks. I could go on but you get the point. The good news is that I can walk the streets and drive in cabs while being fairly calm.
Today I walked by myself from TIFR (Tata Institute for Fundamental Research) to Colaba Causeway. Yes it was Sunday morning so it was not as busy as it gets, but I felt comfortable. It was interesting to see people out buying produce from stands set up on the sidewalks.
There was an army of workers, mostly women, sweeping the streets and walks.
After a bit more than a month Mumbai is beginning to feel like a typical city.
But I do not think I will ever get used to the number of destitute people living on the streets.
|Man getting a haircut on the street on Sunday morning. Nothing unusual there.|
|Merchant selling produce|
|One and many women sweeping the streets and sidewalks.|