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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Borivali November 23rd 2011

We decide to take a tour to the famous Dharavi Slum area of Mumbai, after speaking with a number of people who had visited them they all said it was very interesting and well worth it. So our tour started by us meeting at the Church Gate railway station at 9am where we were to be met by our guide. After paying the guide 12rp each the guide bought our train ticket, this was to be a short ride on the very wide Mumbai local train. These trains have doors but they are constantly open, they have a huge number of handles hanging from the roof of the train for people to hold on to and all the bars or what look more like cages are shiny silver. Even though we were travelling after the rush ... read more
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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Borivali August 29th 2011

its wierd that at the domestic airport in the security check there aer five lines for men and only one for women. so there were maybe 200 men waiting and only around 5 women. this just highlights the gender inequality here in this country. i realise that this is obvious and that there is no point me continuing to look for these examples... what am i achieving? so yeah, im trying to move away from my obsession with the feminist agenda which has consumed so much of my energy of late. i feel that its unhelpful to continue to fixate so heavily on problems and, by things that don't work and rather be more invested in appreciating and being inspired by solutions, and by managing to transcend the separateness, to a level of acceptance. in this ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Borivali August 5th 2011

Stepping off the plane in Mumbai airport, we headed for the baggage carousel. After half an hour waiting, we soon realised that all the bags had came out minus ours.. . panick immediately set in!! We headed to the lost baggage counter, only to be told to wait longer. We were then approached by an Australian woman (also without her baggage) who suggested that we check another baggage belt. Sure enough our bags arrived .... apprently from Sri Lanka! We then headed outside to the pre-paid taxi rank and collected our receipt before jumping in an old beat-up taxi to our reserved hotel for the night. On route we noticed the city was unlike any place we had seen before, in your face poverty and dilapidated buildings and roads! Arriving at the hotel around 4am exhausted ... read more
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