Mumbai is a land infectious in its existence – Be it the energy, the vibrancy, or the constant bustle. The dynamic eclecticism of this city is for all to see. Year after year, millions come from across the country in search of a better future. Mumba Devi, the patron goddess, who overlooks the city from the heavens above, embraces all those who walk the extra mile to fulfill their dreams and aspirations. These people in turn leave a permanent imprint on the city’s culture. They give Mumbai its cultural definition – A city that’s hardworking, productive, jostling with undying vigour and constantly on the move. Little wonder then, that Mumbai is christened as the Industrial capital of India.
This mercurial character of the city, when observed in the morning is quite unique. Seeing this lively city wake up, gives you deep cultural insights into the real Mumbai, one that goes beyond the glossy glass facades and urban boardrooms. You experience the underbelly of this magnificent city, and understand what makes Mumbai tick.
Mumbai by Dawn is a detour that pays homage to the people of Mumbai and venerates all those who go about their business obstinately with one purpose – a better life.
At the start of this detour you will find yourself at the clamorous and chaotic docks, where amidst understanding the life and times of the Koli fisher-folk (the original inhabitants of Mumbai), you will see the arrival and grading of 25 tonnes of fish. You will also be privet to a one-of-its kind fish auction of the famous Bombay Duck.
You will be right in the centre of all the action, as thousands of illiterate vendors sort out newspapers of 7 different languages, that too in the middle of the road.
You will understand the logistics of the food distribution in the city as 100 tonnes of meat, fruits and vegetables enter the various markets. These markets are not only a great introduction to the people of Mumbai, but also a photographer’s dream come true.
Milkmen driving past with Milk canisters; delivery of freshly baked bread, to the melee of colour and fragrance at the flower market, all these bazaars add to the frenzy of Mumbai. Another highlight is the ‘all herb mandi’ spread across a popular bridge. Possibly the only market of its kind in the world, this green market has thousand vendors sitting atop a bridge selling various leafy vegetables. What’s interesting is that when you walk the same lanes a few hours later, you wouldn’t find any evidence of the morning’s flurry.
We end this detour with a walk across a cricket ground and learn about the game that has captured the hearts of a billion.
All in all, we assure you, this cavalcade of life in the morning will show you the real spirit of Mumbai.