Hey bro

Thought to tell you a bit about the city of dreams

Mumbai is big. It’s full of dreamers and hard-laborers, actors and gangsters, stray dogs and exotic birds, artists and servants and fisher-folk and millionaires. It has the most prolific of film industries – Bollywood, one of Asia’s biggest slums and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone. It’s India’s financial powerhouse, fashion capital and a pulse point of religious tension. It’s evolved its own language, Bambaiyya Hindi, which is a mix of…everything. It has some of the world’s most expensive real estate and a knack for creating land from water using only determination and garbage. But wait. Mumbai is not frantic, it’s not overwhelming. Or at least, it doesn’t have to be.

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Bollywood stars can attain near godlike status in India. Their faces appear in advertisements around the country, and star-spotting is a favorite pastime in Mumbai’s posher establishments. To me, it was the film Slumdog millionaire that represented how the other half live in Mumbai, albeit in a stereotypical fashion. Slumdog Millionaire’s slum-dwellers represent approximately 60% of Mumbai’s population who live in the shantytowns and slums – some would say they are the foundation of Mumbai city life.

You really have to live it to understand it, Mumbai taught me a lot.

 

Later Bro.

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