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Mar 24, 2016 at 10:09

This Instagram Account Follows The Lives Of Everyday Mumbaikars

by Joshua Moraes

Mumbai is known as the city of dreams. The place where you can see the stars of Bollywood roaming around in their fancy cars and businessmen like Ambani who are living life king size. But behind all this bling, there lie the common people of Mumbai whose life begins with the local trains and sometimes ends with it too.

The Instagram account 'everydaymumbai' shows us the city which never sleeps in an entirely different angle.


Kids dipping in the Banganga water tank in Walkeshwar



The way to the Andheri railway station platform

A crowd walking down the stairs to a platform at Andheri railway station facing another crowd who just had just reached the station. Second part of my day to day series Commuting Mumbai. 4/10. Mumbai, India. 17th March 2016. While I am in Mumbai to work on one main documentary project and some other stories I have been using Mumbai's public transports everyday. Around 1 million people a day travel by the local train in Mumbai. To take the local train is an unique experience in several ways, different people, different faces, different shapes, a big and "calm" chaos and there is also a big contrast to the metro Mumbai which is even more organized than London's Undergroud. This difference, from the train where everything is possible to happen to the metro where people even queue more organized than European do, for instance, it tells a lot about India. This series is also about me commuting Mumbai everyday for the past month and half and about my experience of "living" here for this time. #everydaymumbai Photo & text @josesmatos

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Using a discarded helicopter in the right way



Children playing at Versova beach



Lovers at Marine Drive



A group of people working before sunrise


A man sings in a Borivali local train as his daughter watches


An artist painting a portrait of Bal Gangadhar Tilak


A Kalakaar just knows his art as his religion

Nafees Ahmed, 63 | Jamli Mohalla He patiently chiseled the wood with finesse as I watched him at work. His steady hands belied his age. 'Everything is made by hand', he said. I looked at the miniature Hindu Temples that were strewn across his workshop, which was an entirely a family affair ( next to him is his youngest son ). His family has been 'woodcarvers' for many generations now. His great grandfather came to Mumbai from Aligarh with only his Art to depend upon. 'This Karkhana is his Legacy ' he says and is proud that his children will carry the torch once he is done with his tools He isn't least bit bothered about carving Hindu temples, although being a Muslim. He is philosophical about it, commenting 'A Kalakaar just knows his art as his religion'- and smiled. How true was he saying that! A simple and honest man is always at an arms distance from the politics of Religion. Let us learn from these Artists like Nafees. Let us be Respectful towards fellow HUMANS , above all Mumbai, you have hidden gems in you. #mumbai #everydaymumbai Photo @peoplemumbai

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A boy pretends to smoke as a train passes by


A typical Wednesday night in Mumbai


It's Ram-Leela time


You can see hope in those eyes


A jam session at Mahim beach stretch


The view from the top


Kids play near a decommissioned aircraft carrier


The cross-over bridge near Mahim railway station


An participant at the pride parade


The famous Gateway of India



Yeh hai Mumbai!

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