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Posted: 04 December 2010 at 11:44am | IP Logged
Originally posted by angie.4u

Originally posted by blue-ice

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You can smell Dharavi from a mile away....


I can smell it from right here LOL

u have an over developed olfactory sense thenLOL
OBJ would have it LOL
 


wow, storing pics like summer eh? Tongue

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Posted: 04 December 2010 at 11:44am | IP Logged
Originally posted by return_to_hades

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Originally posted by MacGyver

Bombay taking over Moscow, Rio, Los Angeles .... My Goodness RTH!!! ... Aap thik to haina huzur? ...



ya she went a little overboard over there...Tongue


Has anyone heard of hyperboles?LOL

but u sounded so convincing....Shocked

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Posted: 04 December 2010 at 11:46am | IP Logged
Originally posted by old-black-joe

Originally posted by angie.4u

Originally posted by blue-ice

Originally posted by old-black-joe

Originally posted by blue-ice

You can smell Dharavi from a mile away....


I can smell it from right here LOL

u have an over developed olfactory sense thenLOL
OBJ would have it LOL
 


wow, storing pics like summer eh? Tongue
This one was too cute to pass up , never expected to use it on you and that too so soon LOL

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Posted: 04 December 2010 at 12:12pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by return_to_hades

Originally posted by souro


Has anyone on this forum gone inside those small bylanes of Dharavi?? Ermm


Actually, I have. My grandfather used to loan money to people in Dharavi to start up small businesses and move up. One of his acquaintances was a leather tanner and manufacturer. Last time I went to India, I visited their shop to get a custom leather jacket made for me and my sister. Apart from low cost, it had additional mega mega discounts added due to my grandfather. But the shop was in some by lane of Dharavi. Not too deep in, one or two gullies down. It was bizarre. Here is this shop making international grade import leather goods. They had contracts with name brand manufacturers in Europe and USA. But this shop was like inside a nasty filthy slum area. Some name brand shoppers in mega name brand stores might be shocked at where their leather came from.

I'm not sure I would do it again though. I guess I am a bit of an elitist. The garbage, the smell, the crammed quarters - its not a pleasant experience.  Ermm 

Yes there is a whole section in Dharavi who are in the tannery business and all those leather goods shops line the road that goes from T Junction towards Sion.
Trivia from MR world: Dove has snob & flaunt value in India. However, usage of Dove for every unit of area is highest in Dharavi. They use the soap for tanning leather.

As for the elitist, garbage and smelly part. I think only the entrance of the slums look like a dump ground. Most probably the whole slum comes out and dumps their garbage at those points just outside of the slum. If one goes inside then one will find them not so dirty. The path will be a little wet here and there but not muddy or anything as almost all the bylanes inside the slums are paved with cement. The by lanes will be extremely narrow, two people can hardly walk side by side and in some parts even that is impossible. But dirty it won't be, they take care to keep the inside as clean and proper as possible. You'll find a small but a very smooth and clean playground. They have mosques and temples inside the slum grounds. They even prepare food stuff inside those slums and supply them to different shops.

Of course, since it's such a small enclosed area a smell will be there, you know the smell of people crammed into close quarters, smell of cooking and such things. But not really a obnoxious smell. Just a constant assault of different smells on your olfactory organs, ranging from as stale as cooked rice to as nice as flower garlands and if you move closer to one of the more prominent lanes inside the slum then smell of jalebis, samosas and gaanthias.

I have been inside Dharavi and inside slums in Andheri, Mahim and Mulund and none of them I found to be really terrible. I haven't been inside the ones that are in the Govandi/ Mankhurd region, so can't speak for them. But the places I visited were quite clean, most people were decent and not the rowdy kind that people generally associate with slum dwellers. They are proper hard working people whom you would see living in a small but decent house had it been any other city. But then it's Mumbai and here a decent hard working person of small means can only afford a room in some slum.

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Posted: 04 December 2010 at 12:43pm | IP Logged
^^

I have to say, this leather shop was really nice inside. Like any shop you would visit anywhere. Its just the open sewage systems and people tossing garbage in there, as well as the dilapidated state of the dwellings. Inside the dwelling areas or stores, people keep a modest but clean lifestyle.




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Posted: 04 December 2010 at 12:56pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by return_to_hades

^^

I have to say, this leather shop was really nice inside. Like any shop you would visit anywhere. Its just the open sewage systems and people tossing garbage in there, as well as the dilapidated state of the dwellings. Inside the dwelling areas or stores, people keep a modest but clean lifestyle.

That's odd. I hope you didn't go near the public toilet constructed for the slum dwellers. Tongue
I'm surprised because usually, you won't find any sewers inside those small by lanes. Even if there is a small drain somewhere, they keep it covered.



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Posted: 04 December 2010 at 7:18pm | IP Logged
Well, being a native of Delhi, I would have strongly protested that argument had I not visited Mumbai this summer. Mumbai by all means qualifies as an international city. When I first arrived in Mumbai, the first thing I could not help but notice is the quality of the airport. It made me wonder why the Commonwealth Games are being held in Delhi. Such impeccable quality of the airport was comparable to some of the world's best airports. The bathrooms were top-class and the facilities were brilliant. Then, I noticed that the Mumbai people for the most part follow the traffic and the police is prompt in keeping the law in place. That combined with some beautiful sceneries and beautiful weather and a melting pot of old and new(or modern) traditions, such as the Sea Links or the Parsi part of the town(forgot the name) made me proud to be Indian.
 
Lastly, I would also prefer Mumbai because the CID team lives there.
 
Being a Delhiite, I am really saddened by the condition of my city in comparsion to MumbaiOuch

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Posted: 04 December 2010 at 7:24pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by debayon

That combined with some beautiful sceneries and beautiful weather and a melting pot of old and new(or modern) traditions, such as the Sea Links or the Parsi part of the town(forgot the name) made me proud to be Indian.


I'm assuming, that is Parsi colony near five gardens.

That is the area I spent my early childhood in, very close to five gardens, near Don Bosco school and UDCT campus.

Actually that is what I love about Mumbai most, the very English Victorian architecture to some very modern builds, as well as some very traditional Indian style colonies and residential areas tucked everywhere.

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