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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Mumbai: An Andheri Slum

The Bombay/Mumbai Airport is famously surrounded by immense slums.  Here we walk through one part of a slum in Andheri East, just north of the airport. 

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The Andheri-Kurla or Mathuradas Vansanji Road: nothing to alert you to what lies off to the side.

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Roadside vendors and, in the background, a new building housing the Axis Bank, Electrolux India, and Skoda.

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A nameless side road.

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This is an industrial neighborhood, but one without segregated land uses: everything is right here, piled up.

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Taxi repair shops.

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A temple; water main in background.

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A woman resting in the temple grounds.

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A vacant lot-cum-playground.

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Kids.

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A bike repair shop-cum-martial arts studio.

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Ready for Bollywood.

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And, of course, apartments, rented by the month and with a steep initial deposit.

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A room with a view.

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Laundry.

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Sweet shop.

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A drainage ditch.

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Doorstep pipeline.

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Girl in white.

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Two boys.

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Mother and child.

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Boy.

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Mother and child.

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Resting against the pipeline.

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Young men relaxing with a televised soccer match.

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Father and son.

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Playground.

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Instantly ready for a picture.

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Inside a Buddhist temple, the Buddha is flanked by a suited Dr. Ambedkar, an Untouchable who famously rose against all odds.

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The community latrine.

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Adjoining drain.


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