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Buying Gold in Mumbai

On one of my trips to India, I spent some time just working there, mostly out of my publisher's joint venture office in a part of Mumbai known as Churchgate. I got a different perspective simply living there on a day-to-day basis in October 2009. I got a sense for more-mundane things, like the harrowing daily commute. I got a better feel for how the city works. Mumbai looks and feels chaotic and messy, but for millions, it gets the job done.

Some parts of Mumbai are tough to stomach, such as the widespread and seemingly hopeless poverty. While at a stoplight, little kids came up to my car window begging. One was carrying a little baby, barely clothed and dirty.

Great poverty in this city walks beside great wealth. For instance, we visited the oldest gold market in the city. It was part of a larger market that housed a temple to the goddess Mumbadevi, from whom some think the city got its name. This market was packed with people. Cars, including mine, rolled slowly down the narrow streets, honking their horns at indifferent pedestrians.


  

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