Myrto Papadopoulos

PHOTOGRAPHY: FEATURES: Mumbai

Mumbai is not any more a city where misery and poverty are the main ‘attractions’, the city that bewilders, fascinates and at the sane time, repels the average western tourist for the intensity of its noises, smells and colors. Mumbai is on the same track as any other western city and is running fast. It is the commercial and entertainment centre of India and one of the world's top ten centres of commerce by global financial flow

India, Mumbai, February 2008.A familly in front of the famous Oberoi hotel gazing the coast in Mumbai. .In 2008 firearm attacks and bombings killed 179 in the heart of the city, concluding the Oberoi hotel. This story is a real one and it is the major challenge that Mumbai has to face
  
India, Mumbai, February 2008.A girl trying a pair of earrings inside a jewlery store. Many areas in Mumbai have been economically developed. The Bandra Waterfield Road for example is a place full of jewlery stores for the rich.
  
India, Mumbai, February 2008.In Mumbai slums are constantly being demolished to leave room for new hotels, luxury flats and offices of multi national companies to arise. Luxury is popping out as little diamonds spread across this immense city.
     
  
India, Mumbai, February 2008.Many taxi drivers, standing outside the National Bank in the city center of Mumbai, waiting to pick up customers from all the office buildings which are located there.
  
India, Mumbai, February 2008.Mumbai is still keeping it's contrasts. A young Indian boy fixing the electricity wires manually in a very new and developing city..Maharashtra may have cornered the bulk of foreign investment in the post-reform years, but that hasn,Äôt translated into more jobs. Even if Mumbai is the commercial centre it has still a very high percentage of unemployment.
  
India, Mumbai, February 2008.Inside the university library..Mumbai is also, and foremost, education, a network of universities and campuses where Indians are educated by Indians in many cases beyond the standards of top American institutions.
     
  
India, Mumbai, February 2008.Outside the National Library in Mumbai at 3:00 AM. Education is very important for the young Indians and the National Library is a great place to study, since the light's stay on all night long.
  
India, Mumbai, February 2008.Early in the morning in the heart of Mumbai, a young boy going to work.
  
India, Mumbai, February 2008.A young man exercising inside an office space. The western life-style has entered into the Indian mentality. New office spaces and buildings are being built all over Mumbai.
     
  
India, Mumbai, February 2008.A young boy standing on the side of the high-way in Mumbai, selling crystal chandeliers.
  
India, Mumbai, February 2008.As Indians love entertainment, the entertainment industry is one other major employer in Mumbai. Most of India's television and satellite networks are located in Mumbai, as well as the major publishing houses. A large number of the Hindi and English television shows are produced in Mumbai.
  
India, Mumbai, February 2008.Inside a movie theatre..The Hindi movie industry, known as Bollywood, is also located in Mumbai, along with the largest studios and production houses.The Bollywood industry produces 1,000 films per year and serves an audience of one billion. These movies often revolve around a marriage between a Muslim and a Hindu.
     
  
India, Mumbai, February 2008.A young man drinking in a bar. Mumbai is not any more a city where misery and poverty are the main attractions, the city that bewilders, fascinates and at the sane time, repels the average western tourist for the intensity of its noises, smells and colors.
  
Chopati beach, Mumbai, India, February 2008.Everyday, around dusk, thousands of citizens gather and meet to finish their day at Chopati beach. A popular beach located on the coast of Mumbai and not far from the Oberoi Hotel.
  
Chopati beach, Mumbai, India, February 2008.A young Indian girl selling balloons at Chopati Beach in Mumbai.
     
  
Chopati beach, Mumbai, India, February 2008Chopati beach is a place filled with families, young couples, crazy hand-made fortune.tellers with florescent colors, amusement parks and eating joints which serve all kind of Indian delights.
  
Chopati beach, Mumbai, India, February 2008Three girls standing in front of a crazy hand made with fluorescent colors fortune teller at Chopati Beach in Mumbai.