Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dhobi Ghat - Mumbai

Just minutes away from Mumbai's touristy Coloba district is Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest open air laundromat. Servicing the city's ten million plus inhabitants, the predominantly male workforce spends each day washing laundry, mostly by hand. The work is strenuous, the heat and humidity, extreme and the vapors from the detergent, nauseating. From dusk til dawn the men stand in small pools of chemical water beating the clothes against concrete walls. It was exhausting just to walk around taking pictures, I can't imagine the strength it takes to actually put in a days work here. It was yet another experience in India that really had an impact on me. It's so humbling to meet people who work so hard for so little.... really puts things into perspective.