This picture is taken from the back wall of Shabana's dwelling; this is all there is to it. She has at least three children, two on the floor, and two neighbors are visiting.
New Andhari is like places all over the world where people have invaded unoccupied land, then defended and hardened it into permanent residences. Space gets apportioned, concrete laid, tar paper walls turn into block, pirated electricity gets on the grid and schools or basic clinics may eventually be added. Compared to Annawadi, where Manju lives, it looks like Levittown. There is a school where the kids wear uniforms, meaning it is private receiving some government support, true of 27 percent of elementary schools. If you look closely above in the middle of the three pictures above you can see a boy in a tie and short pants for school, looking as if off to a school in the English countryside.
The home is maybe 10' by 15''. In the corner to the camera's right is a bench which serves as the bed; you see the kitchen with pots and utensils gleaming on the walli. There is an old TV and behind me a murky aquarium. If there is any ventilation it is slight and hidden by the doorway. Outside her door is a nearly vertical ladder leading to the dwelling that has been built on her roof.
Mumbai is the third most expensive city in the world, following Tokyo and London, more expensive than New York, and this is reflected in the value and cost of places like this one.
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