In Photos: Imagining a Mumbai Without Its Hustle and Bustle

Many of brightest cities in history have ended up in ruins. What if Mumbai was a ruined city? 

Updated28 Jun 2016, 03:18 PM IST
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Think Mumbai, and what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

Crowds of people jostling with each other to look for a sliver of space, a sweaty, stinky smell of the sea and a constant buzz echoing through the atmosphere. It is hard to imagine Mumbai bereft of people, shiny skyscrapers and being the centre of frenzied cultural activity.

Even the brightest jewels of civilisation witness a time when their allure is dulled to insignificance. Ancient Athens, Machu Pichhu, Mohenjodaro, Hampi.

What if we were able to peek into the future and Mumbai were added to this list too? An empty, dystopian and abandoned Mumbai, as if it’s many residents fled the seven islands on a moment’s notice with only a few survivors roaming around?

The mill culture of its past has shaped Mumbai irrevocably. Here is an abandoned mill compound in Lalbaug in Mumbai. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>/Maanvi)
The mill culture of its past has shaped Mumbai irrevocably. Here is an abandoned mill compound in Lalbaug in Mumbai. (Photo: The Quint/Maanvi)
The mill culture exists implicitly in the architecture, in the local specialisations in food and more importantly in the memories of
the people in the city. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>/Maanvi)
The mill culture exists implicitly in the architecture, in the local specialisations in food and more importantly in the memories of the people in the city. (Photo: The Quint/Maanvi)
I clicked this image as I walked around Lalbaug trying to understand the
residential structure of the locality. And the first thing that came to my mind was the question of privacy in a city like Mumbai. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>/Maanvi)
I clicked this image as I walked around Lalbaug trying to understand the residential structure of the locality. And the first thing that came to my mind was the question of privacy in a city like Mumbai. (Photo: The Quint/Maanvi)
What’s the use of a ‘clever’ kindergarten when a broken cycle prevents learning in an open, nurturing environment? (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>/Maanvi)
What’s the use of a ‘clever’ kindergarten when a broken cycle prevents learning in an open, nurturing environment? (Photo: The Quint/Maanvi)
An under renovation building trying to compete with the luxuries
provided by the multi-storied building it stands next to. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>/Maanvi)
An under renovation building trying to compete with the luxuries provided by the multi-storied building it stands next to. (Photo: The Quint/Maanvi)
When I was clicking this image, a boy suddenly popped out. Before he appeared, I was drawn to this building because of its dilapidated
grandeur that was both alluring and frightening. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>/Maanvi)&nbsp;
When I was clicking this image, a boy suddenly popped out. Before he appeared, I was drawn to this building because of its dilapidated grandeur that was both alluring and frightening. (Photo: The Quint/Maanvi) 
A boy running out to a sunny world, out of the shadows of his home. Although attached to the protection of the shadows, he is also raring  for the heat on his skin. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>/Maanvi)
A boy running out to a sunny world, out of the shadows of his home. Although attached to the protection of the shadows, he is also raring for the heat on his skin. (Photo: The Quint/Maanvi)

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Published: 28 Jun 2016, 02:21 PM IST

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