Monsoon at Mhad island , Mumbai

“Paradise Lost” -
“India comes to Goa for its vacation. This is not just our problem; this is your problem too. Once we become a coal hub, it will be too late. Nobody likes a black Christmas,” says a Goan resident whose ancestral farm is located near the “coal tracks”. Imagine nearly 25 million tonnes of coal if evenly spread across a standard football field, the toxic black mountain will rise approximately almost 3 km into the sky. That is the amount projected to be unloaded each year at the Mormugao Port Trust by 2020, which is just three years away. By 2030, official records project, this is slated to double up to 51.6 million tonnes each year. In 2016-17, 12.75 million tonnes of coal was unloaded at the port and carried across Goa to power stations and refineries in Karnataka and beyond. Currently, coal that arrives at the port takes three key routes – road, rail and river that slice deep wounds in the ecological heart of the state. My colleague and I, on assignment for Indian Express Newspaper traveled along each of these routes following coal trucks and wagons, on a 600-km trail, to find that the transport of such huge amounts of coal is putting at risk entire habitations in villages and towns. The coal dust is blackening lungs, pushing up incidents of respiratory disorder; it’s threatening fragile forests, paddy fields, countless streams, and rivers, at one place even a tiger corridor, at least two sanctuaries, and an entire hill.

“ Baby Chaudhary rushed to hospital on the night of 26/11, minutes after her husband had answered his cell-phone and said he’d been injured when a taxi exploded on Western Express Highway in Vile Parle, she found his name on a list marked as fatally injured. “.
Probably they have gone through one of the toughest times of their lives. Shyam couldn’t make a full recovery. He lost his memory and paralyzed. To run the show Baby took up the job of a security guard.
At the end of the interview, the wife said something which struck a chord in my mind “I cannot leave him, as I know if I was in this condition he wouldn’t have left me“….

For the Bnei Menashe Jews of Manipur, Mumbai isn’t a city of dreams. It’s a necessary stopover to the promised land. The community of approx 3000 claims descent from the tribe of Manasseh, one of Israel’s ten lost or exiled tribes. The oral histories describe their departure from Israel 2700 years ago and their journey across West Asia, China, Burma to India while their songs speak of the Exodus, a parting sea and manna falling from the skies. But Bnei Menashe was formally recognized as descendants of Israel only in 2005. The decision spelled a change in the community and many young Manipuri Jews have decided to exercise their rights of returning to Israel. Jews bodies like the Organization for education resources and technological training (ORT) do secular charitable work across the world. But the ORT’s Mumbai Chapter in Worli also offers vocational programs to help the lost tribes assimilate into Israel.

Chronicle of Age Foretold
Six-year-old Ishan Katkar lives with progeria, a degenerative disease that rapidly accelerates ageing,

On June 2015 , 106 people lost their lives consuming spurious liquor in Mumbai , Malwani ( western Suburb) . Most of them were from the marginal economic conditions and soul bread earners in the family. Till date this is the largest hooch tragedy in this city of Mumbai. These are some of the families of the deceased. who are left to fend for themselves to run the family.

A boy cross dress as girl before a mythological play.

As many as 700 dance bars across Mumbai and Maharashtra were shut down following the 2005 ban. The ban also pushed nearly 70,000 bar girls out of jobs, reportedly forcing many into prostitution and along with them the taxi drivers , tailors, bar tenders all also faced the burnt.

A series of pictures on Dance by Mumbaikars who are not professional dancers but does it for the love of it.

Men dressed in mythological costumes walks the by-lane of Malwani .