Having arrived early at our destination, the Cafe Coffee Day near the Mahim West Railway Station I went for a stroll, wondering where our “tour” would begin.
I thoroughly enjoyed the vintage vibes that oozed out of every inch of the place around, including the restaurant. When asked what’s good, the owner told me nonchalantly. Everything! :)
He later clarified, having apprehensions about different people and their food preferences did not want to unintentionally offend or suggest the wrong dish, he took the safe route with, “everything on the menu is good.” I got out of there after a sumptious Veg. Palao — a mixture of rice, vegetables and indian spices served with yogurt, tomato and onions.
It was time for our tour to start.
“Hello, my name is Dinesh and I will be your guide for today’s tour. I was born and brought up in the Slums and know the workings of the slum well. I’ve been doing this from the last 3 years and have taken around many celebrities including Courtney Love and others who’s name I cannot pronounce.”
Near the Mahim station, workers are seen making baskets, bags and other accessories using bamboo.
I started at the guy for a few seconds before I snapped out.
“Where did you learn your English!?”, said one of the fellow tourists.
He guided us to a foot over bridge that opened to the Industrial Area of the slum. The other area of the slum is the Residential Area.