With 20 million people in the greater Mumbai area it’s evident to anyone one street level that the city is under strain.
The cacophony of noise created by traffic, people and produce is worn on the face of commuters. Suffocating heat, acrid smells of open sewers mix naturally with spices overflowing from illegal road side delis and shop stalls.
Many of which travel hours per day to reach and attend the first wave of jobs offered by foreign banks, telecom and insurance firms. The parallels of the societal structure are no more evident than seeing Gucci boutiques overlooking slums.
Even in a westernised city a population density of 22 000 people per sq km would be a challenge, yet somehow is functions. The marketplace of unrelenting progress overlaps the recent social outcry against rape and harassment, religious values make way for equitable rights between vastly different cultural groups.