The heaving metropolis of Mumbai is the Indian city of dreams, but in this realm of dreams exist nightmares, too.
NAINA SHARMA
On Saturday May 16th, India's ruling Congress Party was kept in power, winning an astonishing 262 votes, its best results since 1990. Just ten votes short of the 272 needed for a parliamentary majority, it will be able to govern without the need to make deals with regional parties. The markets responded with a resounding 17 percent surge in share prices, its biggest one-day-gain in three decades. Yet this was a victory margin none of the pundits saw coming. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
KARISHMA VASWANI
One of the most common scenes on Indian trains are men with their belongings on their backs, heading out to the big cities in search of a better life. Many of them come from the state of Bihar, where moving miles away from home for work is the only way for their families to simply subsist at home. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
KARISHMA VASWANI
Have you ever wondered how airline crew manage to look younger than their years despite their hectic travel schedules? Carmen Roberts shares the beauty secrets of a group of flight attendants who fly in and out of the Indian city of Mumbai.
CARMEN ROBERTS
A certain dedication to the family that propels millions of rural Indians to leave the comfort of home for the city. They send back money and sometimes along with it, the seeds of a revolution. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
KARISHMA VASWANI
The freedom to choose their government was a hard-won victory from the British for the people of India more than 60 years ago. Today, they still go to surprising lengths to honour that right, as Karishma Vaswani learns when she goes voting with a Mumbaikar. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
KARISHMA VASWANI
Karishma Vaswani shows theasiamag.com the highlights of this astounding metropolis of 18 million and makes sense of the economic spectrum of people who call this city home. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
KARISHMA VASWANI
If there is an Indian Dream, Mumbai is the place where locals believe it will come true. As India Votes 2009 Illustration: Vikash Sharma
KARISHMA VASWANI