Meet the Humans of Bombay
Possibly the most overwhelming city on earth.
It’s the biggest city in arguably the most overwhelming country on earth. Over 20 million people live in Bombay’s (now officially known as Mumbai) metropolitan area, and the city is the poster child for India’s economic rise. Bollywood is based here, the city is one of the world’s top 10 centres for finance flow. As India’s financial, commercial, and entertainment capital, the lights of Bombay draw in people with big hopes and dreams, some of which come true.
Bombay’s history stretches back thousands of years, with the Portuguese and the British controlling it for periods in the past. But today it is a very Indian city. In many ways, the story of Bombay mirrors the story of India. The rapid growth (economically and population) of the nation has brought new opportunities, new prosperity, and new challenges. The country’s economic output per person has doubled in the past decade alone, though there’s a big inequality problem that hasn’t been solved. Some of India’s people are enjoying all of the benefits of globalisation and more resources, while big sections of the community are left in poverty.
The scale and sensory onslaught of Bombay can make it hard to see the city as a big collection of individual people and stories, but ultimately, that’s what every city is. To help to bring the city’s human stories to the forefront, Bombay resident Karishma Mehta started the Humans of Bombay Facebook page. Photographing and interviewing local people, Karishma said ‘It’s overwhelming to hear some of the stories and amazing to be a part of a city that has so many diverse backgrounds in the same space’.
She’s right, so let’s find out more about the everyday folk who inhabit Bombay.
Want to see even more? Well you can. Check out the full Humans of Bombay page here.