Cows are as a common a sight on Mumbai streets as horses are in NYC.
It’s impossible to walk the streets of Mumbai without being asked to buy something or just give handouts, but some people are more creative than others. This duo grabbed attention through both its tribal garb and by loudly cracking whips while walking down the street.
It’s almost impossible to resist purchasing trinkets in the city, as the prices are unbelievably low, the goods are actually appealing, and it’s obvious the hawkers are struggling with extreme poverty.
Looking out over the water from the edge of the city.
Students hold up banners celebrating solidarity and resolve on the second anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks that took place on November 26, 2008.
The banners stretched along the length of the wall. After they were displayed, the students took part in a parade to commemorate the event. Tributes and memorials were held throughout the city through the course of the day.
Part of a memorial to the victims of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.
A quote from Gandhi, “Peace is the most powerful weapon of mankind,” pays tribute to those lost in the attacks.
Police and soldiers stand by an armored tank on November 26, 2010.
Shopping for spices at Crawford Market in Mumbai.
Fruit vendors erect colorful displays in the marketplace.
Most likely the only edition of Time Out you’ll ever see with an article on “How to Buy a Goat.”
A mixology session with Smirnoff ambassador Kenji Jesse, incorporating local fruits and spices from the market.
McDonald’s in India is much more vegetarian-friendly than elsewhere. Most notably, you won’t find any hamburgers on the menu.
One of the most staggering aspects of Mumbai remains the cultural divides. While the city now claims the first billion-dollar home, the outskirts are still overrun by slums, and children live homeless in the streets.
Students play cricket in a welcome expanse of park amid the tumult of the city.
A 40-minute boat ride outside of Mumbai takes you to Elephanta Caves, the home of an ancient shrine to Shiva.
The entrance leading up to Elephanta Caves.
Some caves on the island remain empty, as the rock turned out to be too soft to construct anything inside.
Scenes that circle the shrine tell the story of Shiva, one of the three deities in the “Hindu Triad.” Unfortunately, many of them were partially destroyed by Portuguese invaders, who used the constructions for target practice.
This sculpture of the three Hindu deities Brahma, Krishna, and Vishnu, is the only one in the temple to survive fully intact, as it was hidden behind a wall when the Portuguese arrived.
The island is also heavily populated by monkeys. They are known to run right up to you and steal things out of your hand… which did happen right in front of us! Seriously, don’t tease them.
A monkey surveys its territory near the Elephanta Caves.
This standoff between a man eating his lunch and hungry monkey ended with the monkey getting splashed with water and running off to find another victim.