Nestled between buildings and along water pipelines, slum communities encroach on every square foot of land available. It's in one of these overcrowded communities that we have been welcomed since 2009.
The sour smell of the gutters, the rats running amok, the incessant thrum of noise, the claustrophobic living conditions, and the overflowing public toilets are daily irritations for the millions of inhabitants of slum areas in Mumbai. Add to that the exploitation of women who do piecework for small factories.
It doesn’t take us long to settle in to the thrum of this city. It helps that the relatively new Mumbai airport is beautiful and still feels new. Filing off a long flight, passengers are met with well curated exhibits, ancient and modern art, photographs, and street scenes that give a filtered hint of the sprawling city beyond the manicured airport facility.