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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…

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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…

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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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Rooftop chairs

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Out the window of our Mumbai hotel room, across the street: a beautiful building of apartments, or maybe it’s another hotel. On the roof…

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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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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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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