An explosive city of endless energy and vigor – Mumbai erupts into a cacophony of sounds, colors and smells. For the first-time visitor, its loud, chaotic characteristics scream at you in the face. And although I’ve been warned several times, the rumbles of Mumbai still catches me by surprise. I’m here in the powerhouse of India, starting my month-long journey through this country I’ve long fantasized about.
From my 28th-floor suite at ITC Grand Central Mumbai, the city’s urban sprawl unfurls before me. The financial capital of India is a city of extremes: skyscrapers soar through the skies, alongside tightly-packed slums. To define a city as complex and extreme as Mumbai is close to impossible. My pictures will give you a glimpse of Mumbai through its raucous streets, traffic and food stalls.
Mumbai inhabitants literally live on the streets. Walkways spill onto the streets, pedestrians weave past traffic oblivious to honks while buffalos join in the mad rush. The ubiquitous black-and-yellow cabs are constantly zigzagging through the buzzing traffic, forming part of Mumbai’s cityscape.
These shots (above and below) were taken in the slum area of Dharavi, where the blockbuster ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was filmed. With Mumbai having one of the most densely populated slum areas in the world, estate prices are still increasing and in turn worsening the problem.
Street food gives Mumbai its colors and character. Although hygiene is often an issue, the sight of these deep-fried snacks, tropical fruits and chapatti are simply enticing.
Fruit stalls in Crawford Market are sprawled across a large area, each competing in colors and aroma. Tropical fruits are laid out in the open, attracting the citrus addicts.
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