15/365: Mumbai’s outdoor laundry and other contrasts

Not so easy to choose only one picture from today. And not easy to find words to go with it either. Had heard much about the contrasts in India, and today I have certainly experienced a few of the contrasts that Mumbai has to offer. From the stark asceticism of Gandhi’s room in Mani Bhavan, to the grand splendour of the Victoria terminus station, to the wonderful details and colours of the miniature paintings of Indian tales at the Prince of Wales museum. And then the quiet and restful white symmetry of the St Thomas cathedral. And I have seen and learnt much more, which no doubt will take days to process.
So it seems the image for today should be about contrast. This is the world’s largest outdoor laundry, or Dhobi Ghat, where hundreds of men wash and press clothes by hand. Contrast this, and the rows of sharp white and colourful linens with the glass high rise buildings behind it and it really sums up Mumbai.

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