under Mumbai

Forced out of villages in interior Maharashtra by drought, these families struggle for survival in Mumbai


24 Sep 2015 | BY Haima Deshpande

Mumbai’s temporary ban on meat to humour one community sets a poor precedent


11 Sep 2015 | BY Madhavankutty Pillai

The disquiet among Muslims in Mumbai


6 Aug 2015 | BY Omkar Khandekar

Most of Mumbai’s famed Irani cafés may be shutting down, but here’s a new one set to open on 15 August


23 Jul 2015 | BY Lhendup G Bhutia

The recent Malwani hooch tragedy that claimed 102 lives has revealed how women control a large chunk of the illicit business


23 Jul 2015 | BY Haima Deshpande

Inside a scrap dealer’s warehouse in an eastern suburb of Mumbai rest the mangled remains of a charter plane that used to be part of liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. According to the man on the extreme left, the plane was brought to the warehouse in chunks a few months ago in several pickup trucks. This, he quips, is what happens “when the rich try to eat with both their hands”0

22 Jul 2015 | BY Ritesh Uttamchandani

Eight-year-old Sagar wipes the floor while a devotee prays at one of the many temples in Mumbai’s Banganga Tank complex near Malabar Hill. The son of a municipal worker with the sewage department, Sagar lives in a slum close to the historical tank. Determined to study, he attends a municipal school that provides him a uniform, books and a mid-day meal. On some days, though, at the insistence of the pujari, he finds himself cleaning this temple0

15 Jul 2015 | BY Ritesh Uttamchandani

Khandias are the people who tend to the Parsi community’s deceased. Open listens to their stories


15 Jul 2015 | BY Lhendup G Bhutia

Hooch was being sold in connivance with local cops and excise officials for some 30 years in the slums of Malwani, where the tragedy occurred


2 Jul 2015

Spotted near Wadala, on the eastern seaboard of Mumbai, two men filling water bottles from a leaky pipeline that runs over an open sewer flanked by fields used by farmers to cultivate livestock fodder. In the background is one of the many factories that pollute not only the ground water but also the air around here. Asked for their names, the man in the vest says, “We are the ones who have no names, no homes, no status and no water in your city”0

2 Jul 2015 | BY By Ritesh Uttamchandani
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