She calls the masses from near and far. Those who were privileged enough to be born in her (ahem, ahem) swear by her. Others swear at her. But they still come. Grudging pilgrims to money. Village dreams drowned in the go, go, go that keeps the city pulsing.
Here is a picture of Nana Chowk today. You can see "Elim" our childhood home just behind the lighted steps coming down from the skywalk in the lower right hand of the picture.
This clip is a shot from a beautiful short film of time-lapse photography made by Aswhin Nagpal. Its quiet hypnotic sound track drives the images forward.
The night shots wash away a lot of the grime - but perhaps that's what we need every now again. To see some beauty as well as the ugliness of this great sprawl.
Mumbai - A short time lapse film from ashwin on Vimeo.