Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gallery: Mumbai: Commerce and Chaos - Photos

Hello, Moto. It's Mumbai calling. Chasing market leader Nokia, Motorola opened its first retail store in India in February. This sleek location in central Mumbai was bustling with curious onlookers and a handful of buyers.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

Night doesn't bring quiet to Mumbai. Nothing could bring quiet to a city of an estimated 16 million people. And it's still growing.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

Mumbai buzzes with thousands of black and yellow taxis. To get around takes patience, a deep knowledge of detours and a quick horn. A smile doesn't hurt either.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

Can't speak Hindi? Then learn to talk cricket. It's the national obsession of CEOs and street hawkers alike. Cricket matches can be found citywide, from slums to rarified green spots like this one in south Mumbai.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

This is the new India " richer, and ready to spend. Shoppers at this upscale "lifestyle mall" in the trendy Bandra neighborhood are fueling a retail explosion across Mumbai.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

Mumbai, a collection of seven islands, sits on the Arabian Sea. You're never far from water. Just make sure you don't swim in it. Or drink it.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

Mumbai is the land of Bollywood. The Indian film industry produces more than 800 movies a year, and almost as many stars. Films are advertised on billboards, lampposts and every other flat surface in the city.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger

Bollywood Vice? Indian film star R. Madhavan strikes a pose poolside at Mumbai's posh Oberoi Hotel. Seen recently in the smash hit Guru, "Maddy" will be bringing the beefcake to Chicago next year. He's set to star in a film, set in Chicago, tentatively titled "The Root of All Evil."

PHOTO CREDIT: Photos by Erik Unger


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