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POVERTY INC.

PAUL NORONHA
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Dharavi gets a lotof attention asAsia's largest slum. But against all odds, it's also a thrivinghub of small enterprise – an activity that reflects the spiritof Mumbai.

jUST aNOTHER DAY AT WORKCollecting plastic waste for recycling from the polluted Mithi that runs through Dharavi.
jUST aNOTHER DAY AT WORKCollecting plastic waste for recycling from the polluted Mithi that runs through Dharavi.

It may disdainfully be called Asia's largest slum but it continues to attract tourists. Dharavi is, however, much more than all that. It reflects the core of Mumbai with an extraordinary mix of people from across India trying to make a living, though And work conditions here are nothing short of horrendous. Crammed sheds, which double up as homes, open toilets with virtually no garbage disposal facilities pretty much epitomise Dharavi. People live in subhuman conditions but have no way out as it is their ticket for survival in a city which promises everyone a dream of making it big someday.


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