A Culturally Rich Week in Mumbai

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Recently, I was in Mumbai for the week for business which may have made it my 20th trip to Mumbai in the past 15 years.   It’s amazing to see the massive transformation this city and all of India has been on.

Over the years I have made many very good friends in India so it is always nice to get back and see old friends and make new ones. I love that I have friends in cities that all come from different places, have different backgrounds and unique perspectives. I’m grateful as this diversity has really shaped my thinking over the years and made me who I am today.

Growing up in the US I didn’t have access to good Indian food at that time.  I didn’t have a good impression of Indian food heading into my first trip to India and was a bit worried about what I would eat. I’ve developed a love for Dal Makhani, all sorts of Naan, Chicken Tikka, Dosa, Masala Omelettes and many more.   I made sure to eat lots of these this time.  Perhaps a bit too much.

Mumbai

Mumbai

I thought these signs were funny.  “No Entry” and “Entry Only”.

Mumbai

Mumbai

The police officer sitting in front of them thought I was taking his photo and wanted to put his hat on and pose for me.   He was very kind.   Sadly not every police officer we met were as kind. One thought we made a moving violation while driving in a taxi and was looking for us to pay an on the spot ‘fine’.  He quickly went away and so did we.  I wanted none of that…

Mumbai Police

Mumbai Police

Bombay

Mumbai Train Station

Mumbai Train Station

Mumbai

Mumbai and Bollywood Movies!

Mumbai Movie Theater

Mumbai Movie Theater

Mumbai

Mumbai Gas Station

Mumbai Gas Station

Mumbai

In the streets…..

Mumbai

Mumbai

Mumbai

I missed framing this shot by just a second…  I need to get out and practice a bit more.

Mumbai

This was a local spiritual leader…

Mumbai

Some kids playing crickets — we actually stopped to play with them for a bit.

Mumbai Cricket

Mumbai Cricket

Mumbai Taxi

Mumbai Taxi

Dave Powell
Dave Powell is a photographer based in Tokyo, Japan who shoots with a Leica M9. He is the publisher of ShootTokyo, a friendly daily photography blog which he calls a "labor of love." You can follow him on Twitter @ShootTokyo and visit his photo blog site at http://www. shoottokyo.com.
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