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Mumbai flower mart

Mumbai flowerhead market

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What’s in all the brilliant-colored baskets? Spice? Dye? After witnessing the most amazing train-boarding process ever, we descended from the “flyover footpath” and found…

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Professional beggars who understand the power of eye contact.

Mumbai beggar family

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I’m a sucker for adorable beggar children on the streets of Mumbai. It’s impossible to look away, not reach for a coin. Now that…

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He's got the wallet. Look at those thumbnails—polished by the inside of many pockets?

Pickpockets in Mumbai

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All these Mumbai stories of trains, crowds, swamis, the slum called Dharavi, and promises of more stories… What you’re really wondering is: did the…

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The swami on the train.

The Swami of Mumbai

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The train to the slum wasn’t crowded, due to the hour and our direction of travel. Although there were plenty of seats, the swami…

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In a Mumbai slum: Dharavi from Mahim Junction overpass

Dharavi—inside the giant Mumbai slum

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You saw Slumdog Millionaire, right? It was filmed in Dharavi, one of the world’s largest, densest slums. Bob and I spent half a day…

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Mumbai train platform

Riding Mumbai trains—amazing

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We bought second-class train tickets (for our thiefhunting) and rode the most crowded Mumbai trains ever. No—you can’t imagine how crowded. Speeding into the…

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Delicious do-it-yourself panipuri at the upscale restaurant Soam, in Mumbai.

Eating in Mumbai

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Eating Mumbai Bhel puri just might be my favorite Indian food. A snack commonly prepared and served on the street, you can find it…

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Cruise director Paul McFarland

Mugged in Mumbai—and an unexpected Karmic twist

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“I WANT,” is the driving force behind mugging: need and greed. But these muggers in India also had intangible desires that compelled them to…

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Mumbai

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I feel like celebrating Mumbai, a city I love to visit. I’ve stayed in the Taj Mahal Hotel a couple of memorable times and…

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