Day 23 – Mumbai Morning

This morning the tour started at 5:30am to see Mumbai in the early hours. First stop was the newspaper distributors. As many languages are spoken in Mumbai, the newspapers are printed in many languages. Print journalism still thrives.

These men prepare newspapers and sell them to minor distributors who deliver the papers on bicycles to various selling points in the city.

They have regular customers who purchase the papers for distribution. These pictures don’t give a sense of the enormity of the process.

Next we visited the wholesale veggie market. It is chaos personified.

The produce comes from all over India, much from local villages. The market is located next to the Dakar train station.

All kinds of produce is sold by all kinds of people.

Porters carry heavy bags from truck to vendor and vendor to truck. Everything we saw, except for a much smaller indoor portion, is illegal. The vendors pay off the police and are gone by the time every day the police do a sweep.

This man is selling ingredients to make a betel nut chew, which gives the chewer a buzz and might help energize.

Next we visited the very colorful flower market.

Garlands made for the bride and groom at Hindu weddings.

Heavy loads here too.

Many of the informal vendors are villagers from surrounding areas.

We next saw the laundry works near the Mahalaxmi train station. This entire area is devoted to doing laundry, primarily for hotels, hospitals and other institutions.

Individual bins are rented out to the washers, who clean and hang the items up to sun dry.

Next came the fishing colony at Cuffe Parade. We were cautioned that photos were not allowed. In 2008 the terrorists that took over the Taj Hotel had come into Mumbai through the fishing village,  so photos have been restricted since.

We visited Sassoon Docks, which hosts one of the largest fish markets in the city, but again photos were restricted. We could not take photos of the crowds of women in saris who clean the shrimp and the other fish. This man sharpens the tools they use.

Ice is important to keep the fish fresh as it’s taken by trucks to restaurants and stores in all parts of the city.

More ice.

And nets in the fishing colony.

Another small laundry facility.

A school located right next to the laundry.

At the end of the tour, we had dosas for breakfast at a local restaurant.

My very agreeable fellow tour members from Catalonia and Mexico.

My plane leaves at nearly midnight so I will visit another part of Mumbai before I leave.