Saturday, February 2, 2013

Dhobi Ghat and Gandhi's House


We have a visiting author in town and today it was my job to show him around.  Our first stop was the Malabar Hill Jain temple where I was able to snap this photo of a grop of women outside.


Dhobi Ghat - Mumbai's outdoor laundry and supposedly the largest laundry in the world.  These tanks are filled each morning with water, and Dhobi's rent them by the day.  They collect washing from apartment buildings, hotels, restaurants and so on and wash, rinse, dry and iron them.  This outdoor laundry is gradually dying out however - people these days have washing machines.  Washing the clothes is very rough (I saw many being beaten on the side of the tanks), and the clothes are hung out in the sunshine which bleaches them.


Our next stop was Gandhi's house - or at least not his house but one where he stayed from 1917 to 1934.  It is now a museum and is full of old photos and also some dioramas upstairs showing key events in his life.  


Finally after all this - we had built up quite an appetite - so we went to a local Gujarat restaurant for a thali lunch.  The word thali means a plate in Hindi and it is a meal made up of various dishes served in small bowls on a round tray.


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