We have been walking around the narrow alleyways and crowded noisy streets of Bombay almost everyday.  As a result of our daily strolls I have an incredible amount of wonderful pictures, from locals to the vegetable seller and popular chai maker who always seems to have a line at his tiny stand.  As I looked through my array of photos, I was struck by the pops of color that a humble neighborhood holds, from the saris to a stunning blue wall, even the food.  Join me on a photo tour of our teeming neighborhood and enjoy the energy and color of Bombay.

   

ladies in colorful saris waiting for the bus, stand and chat by the roadside

flowers are sold everyday on the streets in the form of garlands and loose buds to use as offerings in religious ceremonies

children play amongst tightly packed homes as their parents look on

Bombay apartments are lit by the setting sun

crowds come out in the late evening once the temperatures have cooled down to buy their vegetables for the next day

Children play outside the State Bank of Mysore, where Hubby set up his first childhood bank account and began his lifelong obsession with saving.

overlooking the neighborhood where Hubby has a lot of friends

Mummy-ji shops for sweets at the local Indian sweet shop. Pictured right are laddoos, Hubby and my favorite.

Shopping for fresh spices to grind into the famous Indian spice garam masala, a spice used in almost every Indian dish.  Garam masala translates to “hot spices”.

Shopping at the street side vegetable seller called the subzi-waala (vegetable-seller).  The produce is freshly picked that morning and sold only hours after and quickly cooked.  Mummy-ji has a sharp eye for day-old vegetables and will give the seller an ear full if she catches him trying to sell any to her.

Freshly made chai from the chai-waala.  Only moments earlier he freshly pounded ginger and cardamom, giving his chai a fresh zesty spice.

a man enjoying a cup of water while he waits for his chai

Some Indian vegetable sellers prefer carrying heavy loads on their heads.  It’s a common sight to see workers carrying large baskets atop their head, many without using their hands.

Taxi drivers gather for a chat while waiting for their next fare

A colorful wall painted for advertising has been long forgotten

A child runs through the uneven alleyways just outside a main market street.  With limited available living and work space in Bombay, many people use their rooftops as storage.

A group of teenagers play a traditional game of Indian carrom board just outside a friend’s home.

Trash is an unavoidable part of the landscape in Bombay and is either lazily discarded or piled high on the side of the street.  Every night mounds of garbage are burned but there always seems to be more.

As the sun sets in Bombay, local hangouts become lined with small scooters and motorcycles, the vehicles of choice for weaving easily between crammed city traffic. The owners of this business live in a home above the shop.

Harvested whole wheat is bought from a grain shop and brought to this grinding shop where it is made into flour used for making chapatis.

I was framing  a picture of the beautiful blue walls of this building when a young man walked through the frame just as I took the picture, creating the perfect amount of color and energy.  Sometimes the most rewarding photos happen completely by accident.

A worker at a local statue factory takes a few minutes break. As I was photographing the shop he gave me permission to take his picture.  His stature creates a perfect visual for the size of the statues he creates.

A picture of me walking through the gates to a local Hindu temple.

At the entrance of the temple a sign reads “please leave shoes here”

Devotees at a small Hindu temple near our home.

In India, modern-day culture and ancient customs easily co-exist.  A young man dressed in western wear walks with a man dressed in traditional Indian outfit called a Kurta Pajama. To the right, a man selling buffalo milk transports his milk in canisters attached to his bicycle.  The milk is ladled into small disposable bags and delivered to each home by hanging them on the handle of the front door every morning.

Rice and lentils for sale at a local grain market

A man ekes out a living selling party balloons.

A local group of drummers fill the neighborhood with irresistible dance music.

Before I approached the drummers they were standing around lazily as workers set up the tents and equipment for an evening festival show.  As they saw me approach for a picture they all burst into a performance that brought spectators from around the whole town.

Local street food vendors show off their creations

As the sun sets, Bombay shows no signs of slowing down

Local workers all try their hand at fixing a busted electrical box

A cow is parked outside.

In India, cows roam freely without fear as they are revered as holy beings by Hindus who believe they offer sustenance with nothing in return.

Once again, ancient India and modern-day live side-by-side as a school bus drives along side an ox-driven cart.

A colorful advertisement on the side of a bus carrying afternoon commuters.

A man quickly jumps onto a moving bus as it passes him by

A driver cleans an auto rickshaw during a quick break.  Auto rickshaws are the transportation of choice in the city.

However, getting a driver to agree to drive you can often be a hassle.  Drivers will often refuse to take you to any location they don’t want to be bothered with. Here, Hubby (right) and his brother (left) try to wave down a rickshaw to take us to the bank, a bit inconvenient for some drivers.

Finally, success!

Motor-bike drivers are required by law to wear a helmet, though passengers are exempt.  Turban wearing Sikhs are also exempt as they would never agree to removing their turban in public.

A local store sells western clothing and traditional Indian suits and saris.  None of the prices in these small local shops are fixed so you’d better come prepared with good haggling skills.

Indian Diwali lanterns on display

A view of the city at night. Where the streets are alight with activity under the stretch of residential neighborhoods in the background.

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I enjoyed taking these pictures. Hope you enjoyed looking at them. If you did, please pass this along to your friends and family and don’t forget to come back. There’s a lot more in store.

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the wonderful tour through your photographs and descriptive words.

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    • Hi Gita, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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