Tuesday, March 17, 2009

That's my world

The Dharavi slums popularised by The Slumdog Millionaire. For more on Dharavi please visit www.dharavi.org
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38 comments:

  1. What a contrast with the modern building in the background and such piecemeal buildings in the slums. Sad to see people living in such poverty.

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  2. That's some serious poverty in stark contrast with its surroundings. Powerful. Thanks.

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  3. It is indeed sad to see such poverty -- it certainly makes you appreciate what you take for granted. Looking forward to seeing the movie.

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  4. A very evocative image. Always enjoy your photos because they tell a story. Outstanding stories at that.

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  5. I'm still looking for the sale of DVD
    version of Slamdog Millionaire.
    Talking about slam community,here we call "Penapatan Haram".

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  6. Very sad sight and side by side with tall buildings too.

    Haven't seen the movie yet. Wait for the DVD release.

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  7. Beautiful photo!.
    This pic tell a thousand words.

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  8. What a contrast really!
    I appreciate your efforts to go all the way till there to get a shot for us.

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  9. It´s so strange to see something so different side by side. Thanks for sharing your world.

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  10. i think that if you havent lived in this kind of world, it is difficult to fully understand its problems

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  11. un autre monde que ta photo nous montre. un contrasme énorme avec nos villes modernes ;o(
    another world that your photograph shows us. a huge contrasme with our modern cities ;o(

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  12. I saw the film and it's one of the most beautiful and interesting films i've seen the last three years. Very good photo.

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  13. Sandy is right, India is a beautiful country yet parts are very poor, a very nice cultural and interesting photo though. Thankyou for sharing.

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  14. Superb photographs sir... I'm awestruck...!!

    and Dharavi... well... i hope all this attention that it has got due to the movie Slumdog wud help in transforming one of the largest slums of the world... good to see that you are also focusing on it...

    Cheers... :) ...

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  15. PS - vote registered... :) ..

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  16. This is what inspired me to write the lines "It is a city of stark contradictions, of extreme poverty and supreme opulence laid right next to one another, and in utterly happy coexistence" in my post on Mumbai http://almostsunday.blogspot.com/2009/03/welcome-to-mumbai.html

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  17. It is really odd how these slu dwellings look so much more alive than the rich people's houses.
    I like this shot.

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  18. i had always wanted to see a real slum after i saw Slumdog. thnanks for the post.

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  19. I finally saw Slumdog last week. I can see how it got so popular in the West... definitely not typical Bollywood fare.

    This shot would have worked really well for the Two4Tuesday theme this week: "Cluttered/Organized".

    You know what I admire about the people living here though? How they're able to be grateful for what they have rather than envious of what they don't. I suppose having to literally scratch for survival will do that for you.

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  20. It looks a very hard life - I haven't seen the movie yet - but I bet the families are happy. I drive by so many grand large houses here with no body home and wonder to what purpose.

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  21. I was astounded by the slums and how people live .. I hope that the movie brings attention to this and something is done to help improve these conditions

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  22. Great photo and great contrast too!

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  23. Amazing shot. It's a photo story without saying a word.

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  24. Bonsoir,
    Moving shot..Sad side by side composition..Bravo!

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  25. I haven't seen the movie yet. We have talked about addressing poverty for so many years here in the US and yet we have hungry children, sick children, and abused children. I think we become numb to it until something like this movie comes around and we think about it again. But will we do something about it?

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  26. When I visited Hyderabad I visited slums such as this. It is very difficult to see my heart goes out to everyone who has to live in these conditions.

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  27. Have just finished reading Q and A plus white Tiger...do you think they are good reflections of 21st century India??

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  28. @Catherine.. the 2 books that you mention are just 2 facets of a multifaceted entity called India. India cannot be judged by those books alone. If you go though my blog you will see the different moods of Mumbai - just 1 city of India! Just as 3million Gods are revered in India, as many books will be required to explain the phenomenon that is India.
    So in answer to you question all that I will say is that those 2 books are reflections in a huge ocean! Good or bad is inconsequential.
    Thank you so much for asking and your interest in our wonderful country.

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  29. Thanks, magiceye, for giving me a look into the terrible poverty of the district...

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  30. Difficult to believe that there are people who live like that - especially whilst sitting comfortably in my "castle" ......

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