Mumbai has massively sprawling areas of shanty town. People build
homes wherever and out of whatever they can. Children and animals
roam freely alongside very busy roads. People wash, cook, sleep and
toilet on the street. Hundreds and hundreds of people.These are fairly substantial shanty homes. The homes in this area
were generally brightly coloured and they are all numbered. These
pictures are a bit fuzzy, as they were taken from a taxi window. If
you look closely at the boy in the top left hand corner of the top
picture, you can see that he is wearing an iPod.
Taking us out on New Year's Eve. We spent the evening in a hotel,
where we were fed and filled with alcohol to excess (?20 all in,
which is pretty hefty for Mumbai, but I did my best to get my money's
worth). The other people there were mostly rich Mumbai kids, in
Western dress and they played bad Western music (Crazy Frog welcomed
in midnight). It was all rather kitsch. I do not recommend
experiencing a hangover in Mumbai. The heat, the smoke, the stagnant
water... they don't help a hangover. It wasn't my fault. Their
measures were dodgy. The paneer tikka was gorgeous though.
The boat was by far the coolest place to be in midday Mumbai.
The little girl was a grinaholic.
The canon was placed on Elephanta when India was still part of the
British Empire. It's there to protect Mumbai from attacks (they have
many warships dotted around the place instead now -- photography
around the dock area of Mumbai is forbidden).
There seemed to be two teams and each person took it in turns to
chase another person from the opposite team. I'm not sure what
happened after someone was caught, whether they went out or joined
the other team or scored a point... I should have asked, but then I
may have been forced to play. And it was far too hot for running.