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A Walk through the DHARAVI SLUM!

WHY YOU MUST GO ON A TOUR OF DHARAVI SLUM! (it's not the negative, depressing place you'd expect).

'In His Skin' - Image by Harsha Pandav, sourced via

   In a city of over 20 million people, space is understandably at a premium in Mumbai. For the working class, daily life in Mumbai is commonly played out in what are called chawls -- multi level with single small rooms, which usually accommodate a whole family, often with a shared bathroom for each floor. Prices are ridiculously expensive, even more so than New York!
   Dharavi, the teeming slum of one million souls,where as many as 18,000 people crowd into a single acre. It is routinely called "Asia's largest slum". Ask any long time resident - some families have been there for more than two to three generations, "how Dharavi came to be?" and they will say "we built it!"
I hope you guys are familiar with Dharavi from the movie  Slumdog Millionaire.

 some facts about the slum that will put things into perspective.

– About 1 million people live within 1 square mile, making it the most densely populated area on planet earth.
– Dharavi is the most productive slum in the world. It’s over a billion dollar industry by itself.
– There is an average of 1 toilet per 1,450 people.
– 60% of the families have lived in Dharavi for 60+ years.
– The average life span is under 60 years old, due to disease and health concerns.
– The slum is divided into communities by religion, with 60% Hindu, 33% Muslim and 6% Christian and 1% other.
– Only men are allowed to work in the factories.
   You'd think that living in such an environment would be very restrictive but it's surprisingly the opposite (once you get used to the lack of space!). 

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