What’s to Love About the “Love Ghatkopar” or “I Love Mankhurd” Signs in Mumbai?

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What’s to Love About the “Love Ghatkopar” or “I Love Mankhurd” Signs in Mumbai?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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umbai’s “charm” has been spoken about so extensively, you’d almost expect a plane to the city to land on a yellow brick road. Instead, you land in the suburb of Andheri East, a place where – we’re sorry to report – all the munchkins lost their limbs in a horrific bridge collapse. Two hours of being stationary on a highway later, you’ll take in most of the bits and bobs that make up Mumbai – the rare all-pedestrian traffic jam, the literal trash mountain, and holes where metro pillars are yet to be inserted. Clearly, this is not one of those cities you’d save up money to travel to.

In fact, most locals would attest that an ideal day in Mumbai involves not leaving the house at all. To get a general idea of what these houses look like, peer through a microscope at a matchbox and you’re already overestimating. Now imagine you are left with no money in this matchbox, while the walls peel off because your neighbour flushed their toilet, and you’ll find the “charm” a little overbearing – pungent even.

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