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Mumbai - Inside the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat

Three more pictures taken in the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat.
Frankly, I found it a very interesting visit. Of course there are more dhobi ghats in Mumbai but this one is the largest and the most known.
Not that you will see many tourists there.

The men and women at work reacted somewhat surprising that a foreigner was visiting here and at the same time a little proud.

With my previous picture Andrew wondered how the dhobi ghat is organized so that all the garments and bedding items are returned to the right owners. This is actually the miraculous thing about it. Indeed, it turns out that very little gets lost.

Beverley noticed that in the modern city that Mumbai is becoming, hand washing on such a large scale seems incongruous. In Mumbai and in other places in India you will see that the country has become surprisingly modern … at least on some levels and for some people in society. But on many other levels life is still going on as it used to be.
Despite the fact that it is very hard work for some workers in the dhobi ghat (I think of the men who do the laundry by hand) the positive thing is that it provides work for a lot of people.

Malgo was a little worried that the laundry would not be entirely clean that way.
Yes Malgo, be assured, all the washed laundry is completely ‘Indian clean’.

The light was a bit difficult on my interior pictures here. They’re not of the best quality.
I hope you find them interesting enough to be shown here.
The main picture shows one of the rooms where the ironing is done.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4554 W: 17 N: 10827] (44054)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2017-12-25
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2018-02-01 12:26
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