| Image by Photos by Uli Loskot
No matter which city you fly

into when visiting India, you're always going to end up in the middle of an overload of sensations. More than 16 million people inhabit Mumbai and 55 percent of them live in shantytowns and slums, which you can tour just like you can tour Bollywood. Ana and I do neither of the two. Just being in Mumbai as the first contact with India is enough. I traveled through India 17 years ago, but Ana had never been here before.

Mumbai welcomes me warmly with a strong odor of raw sewage and fossil fuel pollution, mixed in with hints of sweet incense and steaming chai tea. The streets are loud, really loud. Drivers honk their horns constantly, not because they have road rage, but they want to make sure the vehicle in front of them knows that they are about to pass them, left or right, you never know. Everything that can move moves on the streets of Mumbai--cars, red double-decker buses, rickshaws, motorbikes, scooters, bicycles, ox-carts, people pushing huge loads of goods on carts, pedestrians, dogs. I did not see any cows laying around like I did before in Delhi. The flow of people on the sidewalks feels and looks like a big, colorful river. I feel like I am standing inside a movie watching it roll by.

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I can't really say much about Mumbai. We only stay for 2 days and move around a very small area of the city. So here are some pictures that illustrate a tiny fraction of time and space in Mumbai.

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