Mumbai, mostly known as the city of dreams, a city that never sleeps, a city for the slumdog and the millionaire, and also a city where a piece of land can cost you a round trip to the Mars.
In a severely land-constrained city like this, every available piece of land has inherent value that developers will want to capitalise on. In such a scenario, little is really sacrosanct and exempt from future exploitation. Fortunately, there are areas in Mumbai that – despite the tempting land availability, there will continue to resist the vagaries of ‘progress’.
One of these is the Worli Koliwada area.
Koliwada – is a little fishing village of early inhabitants of City ‘Kolis’ at the coastal corner of the city. Those authentic tribal koli fishermen do the fishing business for earnings and survival till date.
I was introduced to this place on our first photo walk from college, Amity University, Mumbai and to write it in the simplest form, it felt like we had come to a different town which is the mixture of a modern city swarming with people along with skyscrapers and also an echo of the time before the advent of the 21 st century. With the photographs I shot, I tried to portray the region in its most authentic form.
This was also the place where I first got Uncle-Zoned. These kids were so happy to see people carry cameras, they kept on shouting “Uncle mera bhi ek photo lo na.” (Click a photograph of me too.)
The primary focus is on the people, and how whole-heartedly they’re indulged in their daily activities.
Getting deeper inside this Worli village one can see small yet colourful shanties and chawls, old duplexes with those iron stairs to climb from outside, a view of those openly kept clothes drying under the bright light of the sun, also get a glimpse of those sweet looking colourful pots majorly for Tulsi plant and flowers. Everyone has their own choice of colour to paint their home from outside, So one house will look painted blue while other red and blue, including the ladders. The zig-zag lanes called ‘Gullies’ locally in Mumbai may make you bit confused about the exact entrance you came from.
Friendship, family, love and solitude are the themes which dominate the collection, the sub-themes being- a changing economy and poverty. It foreshadows what the current situation of the city will transition into as time passes by.
The sunset behind the layer of Kolivada and a city-scape is a view worth a visit more than once.
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