In a city where house rents are among the highest in the world, Dharavi provides a cheap and affordable option to those who move to Mumbai to earn their living.
Rents here can be as low as 185 rupees ($4/£2.20) per month. As Dharavi is located between Mumbai's two main suburban rail lines, most people find it convenient for work.
Even in the smallest of rooms, there is usually a cooking gas stove and continuous electricity.
Many residents have a small colour television with a cable connection that ensures they can catch up with their favourite soaps. Some of them even have a video player.
Dharavi also has a large number of thriving small-scale industries that produce embroidered garments, export quality leather goods, pottery and plastic.
- If you snarked inappropriately on Mefi at my work, your pennance is to go and sponsor a child.Which bizarrely and directly contradicts the entire "simply shifting money around and trying to make poor people richer doesn't work" premise of, like, the dude's whole life."
Which bizarrely and directly contradicts the entire "simply shifting money around and trying to make poor people richer doesn't work" premise of, like, the dude's whole life."
Do you think it is coincidence that the slums in, say, Bejing all look the same? And is it coincidence that they look very different from the slums in, say, Rio (whose shanties all look quite similar, within the population of the city)? Could it be that there are f'ing powerful cultural and psychological factors at play, here?
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