India

Chowpatty Beach, along which runs Marine Drive, where the Mumbai pickpocket was observed and arrested.

Police order civilians to arrest Mumbai pickpocket

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Our law enforcement friends in Mumbai do some creative police work. Methods that would never be tolerated in the U.S. Okay, so they knew…

Horn OK please

Horn OK please

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“Horn OK Please,” in one form or another, is written prominently on the back of almost every truck—large or small—in Mumbai. The signs intrigued…

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…

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…

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…

Pickpocket justice

Pickpocket justice

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RAILWAY RAJ With a firm grip on the patient’s big toe, the hospital orderly entered the police inspector’s office. He carried the full weight…

Street crime in Mumbai, India: In 2001, we spoke to this pickpocket in Mumbai, who'd been beaten by his victim.

Street crime in Mumbai

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While pickpocketing and bag snatching are said to be fairly common in Mumbai, Bob and I feel a visitor is less likely to become…

Morning in Colaba, Mumbai

Colaba Market: Technicolor Mumbai

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Colaba Market, Mumbai, India 7:00 a.m. in the Colaba Market area, where life is lived outdoors as much as in. Residents were just beginning…

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…

Bob Arno’s path to pickpocketing

Bob Arno’s path to pickpocketing

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At the fork in the road I went left. I can thank the Parsis for my passion for photojournalism. Another man might have turned…