Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mumbai at the London School of Economics

The Territory of Joy - Poor Mumbaiker's on their day Off.

These are some of the images from a recently concluded group photography exhibition at the London School of Economics,UK.

The photo essay is about the Poor of Mumbai on their day off and documents the activities they pursue in order to recharge themselves to face their harsh realities.

More images from the exhibition can be seen here:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Haji Ali in the rains.....

Haji Ali in the rains..........its mesmerizing........for some photos and for some prayers........

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


the Bandra-Worli sealink

The 'much anticipated' Bandra-Worli Sealink Bridge has been declared to be opened shortly to Mumbai's traffic within a month's time.

The positive effect this BRIDGE will have on the city's life is for time to tell , but the ill effects are already being felt by these fishermen of Mahim.

It has been reported that there has been a huge decrease in the fish catch not only near the city but also as far as Vasai and Uttan in the neighbourhood of Mumbai which has prompted the fishing community to stay out of the seas much earlier than the usual 15th June deadline each year till the end of the monsoons. This is to ensure that more time is available for the breeding of fish to take place and they get a good catch post-monsoon.

At present, most of the catch is young fish, which has to be discarded. The fishermen have been asked to stop fishing till end of the monsoon and allow the young fish to mature. They have also been instructed to use nets with the mesh size not less than eight inches, as anything less makes it difficult for young fish to escape.

Environmental degradation as a result of huge construction activities near the shoreline coupled with indiscriminate fishing have been attributed as the root cause of this problem.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

'SLUMDOG' Mumbai

The street dogs are an essential part of the Mumbai landscape,
infact they have melted so seemlessly in the citscape that it is difficult to imagine the streets of Mumbai without them.

Here's a  look at some of the  SlumDOG landscape  in  Mumbai .

Some street DOG debates:

“All stray dogs should be killed as a long-term solution…..” ,

says Brihan Mumbai Corporation chief Jayraj Pathak.The BMC in fact plans to put forth a proposal to the High Court and then the Supreme Court on the issue.

Most free-roaming dogs in Mumbai belong to an ancient canine race known as the Pariah Dog, which has existed all over Asia and Africa ever since human beings started living in settlements. They are, and have always been, scavengers–that is, they live on garbage created by humans. In addition to scavenging, they are widely kept as pets by rural and urban slum households

The size of stray dog populations always corresponds to the size and character of the human population of the area. Urban India has two features which create and sustain stray dog populations:

1) Large amounts of exposed garbage, which provide an abundant source of food

2) A huge population of slum and street-dwellers, who often keep the dogs as free-roaming pets

Mumbai has over 12 million human residents, of whom over half are slum-dwellers. At least 500 tonnes of garbage remain uncollected daily. Therefore conditions are perfect for supporting a particularly large population of stray dogs.
According to unofficial figures Mumbai has around 2 lakh stray dogs.

But animal lovers have a point here when they answer this question……

If stray dog population control is the issue, wouldn’t it make more sense to kill the dogs or take them away? 
Removal or killing of stray dogs seems to be the most obvious method of controlling the population, but it has actually proved to be completely useless. This is because even when large numbers of dogs are killed, the conditions that sustain dog populations remain unchanged. Dogs are territorial and each one lives in its own specific area. When they are removed, the following things happen:

·         The food source – garbage – is still available in abundance, so dogs from neighbouring areas enter the vacant territories.

·         Pups born and growing up in the surrounding areas also move in to occupy these vacant niches.

·         The few dogs who escape capture and remain behind attack these newcomers, leading to frequent and prolonged dog-fights.

·         Since they are not sterilised, all the dogs who escape capture continue to mate, leading to more fighting.

·         In the course of fights, dogs often accidentally redirect their aggression towards people passing by, so many humans get bitten.

·         Females with pups become aggressive and often attack pedestrians who come too close to their litter.

·         They breed at a very high rate (two litters of pups a year). It has been estimated that two dogs can multiply to over 300 in three years.

Since dogs who are removed are quickly replaced, the population does not decrease at all.
Since removal of dogs actually increases dog-related problems, the effective solution is to sterilise the dogs, vaccinate them against rabies and put them back in their own areas.

Monday, April 27, 2009

the ELECTIONs are here.....

Mumbai goes to the polls on the 30th April.
Its time to be responsible and exercise the vote wisely to let the politicians know for once whose the boss....

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mumbai's PARSI Colonies

The PARSI community of Mumbai stays in numerous walled colonies all across the city,
popularly they as known as the Parsi Colonies.

Some interesting facts about the Parsis:

Indian census data has established that the number of Parsis has been steadily declining for several decades. The highest census count was of 114,890 individuals in 1940-41, which includes the crown colony populations of present-day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Post-independence census data is only available for India (1951: 111,791) and reveal a decline in population of approximately 9% per decade.

According to the National Commission for Minorities, there are a "variety of causes that are responsible for this steady decline in the population of the community", the most significant of which were childlessness and migration (Roy & Unisa 2004, p. 8, 21). Demographic trends project that by the year 2020 the Parsis will number only 23,000 (less than 0.0002% of the 2001 population of India). The Parsis will then cease to be called a community and will be labeled a 'tribe'(Taraporevala 2000, p. 9).

One-fifth of the decrease in population is attributed to migration (Roy & Unisa 2004, p. 21). A slower birthrate than deathrate accounts for the rest: as of 2001, Parsis over the age of 60 make up for 31% of the community. The national average for this age group is 7%. Only 4.7% of the Parsi community are under 6 years of age, which translates to 7 births per year per 1000 individuals (Roy & Unisa 2004, p. 14).

The gender ratio among Parsis is unusual, as of 2001, the ratio of males to females was 1000 males to 1050 females (up from 1024 in 1991), due primarily to the high median age of the population (elderly women are more common than elderly men). The national average was 1000 males to 933 females.

Parsis have a high literacy rate: as of 2001, the literacy rate is 97.9%, the highest for any Indian community (the national average is 64.8%). 96.1% of Parsis reside in urban areas (the national average is 27.8%).

In the Greater Mumbai (formerly Bombay) area, where alomost 70% of all Parsis reside, 10% of Parsi females and 20% of Parsi males do not marry (Roy & Unisa 2004).