Circling Back: Mumbai's Migrant Workers Return

These men deliver goods contained in the baskets atop their heads all day long to and from businesses in south Mumbai. We walked by the lop-sided doorways in a lane so narrow two people can't walk side by side. A curtain wafted open just enough for us to view a pattern of men curled around each other, asleep on the floor of the small room. They share the claustrophobic space often living ten men to a room. Bereft of furnishings except for a kerosene cooker, woven plastic mats to sleep on, rudimentary utensils, cooking pots and a single ceiling fan — the length of the spinning blades swipe within a foot of the four walls to keep them cool. They take turns sleeping and eat and cook in inter

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