My fascination of empty spaces

For me, Mumbai is the epitome of all things fascinating. Truly, it is! There is almost nothing about this city that I am not curious about. Now, my curiousity has varying degrees of intensity, but there is so much to be curious about….

…like buildings in Mumbai. I am truly fascinated by buildings here. Not architectural buildings, but plain ol’ apartments, condos…dwelling spaces.

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I know it’s weird.

If there is a hole, an opening, a gap anywhere in the city, if it’s not filled with what can look like the tiniest tuck shop, it is the entry way to a building, or entry to a lane way of buildings- some short, some not too tall.

I will not say all, but sometimes it seems like every nook and cranny of this city- outside of areas labelled as ‘slums’, has land that is occupied by some sort of structure. Even goods from a lot of stores spill out onto the sidewalks… lol.

Some of the buildings are not too bad… in terms of architecture.

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The buildings in the pic above and below face the bandstand…otherwise known as the waterfront!

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Hang in there if you’re bored :)… I’ll get to the most interesting part shortly 🙂

Now those buildings are not bad aesthetically. They’re nice to look at. But there’s another side to buildings in Mumbai…it’s the lot of them that remain unfinished. That, is what I am most intrigued by.

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This pic is taken from a bridge. So not only is that a tall building, it’s a very tall unfinished building. There are A LOT of buildings like this. I mean A LOT. They (locals) say it’s politics… if you can’t grease the hands, then your permits will get held up, you’ll run out of money and then what…

See the next pic.

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Squatters will take up residence in abandoned buildings. They’ll buy windows, the odd door and make a home for themselves. That building has got to be at least 20 storeys tall.

Now don’t tell me that’s not fascinating 😉

I’ve seen quite a few of these around the city… empty buildings, the odd floor with just one window…and even once I saw one with a window a/c unit.

I’ve been told that some construction sites are abandoned, some just take years to build as permits get held up for LONG periods of time.WP_20141017_17_47_29_Pro

If you look really closely at the pic below you’ll see one window installed in the unfinished building behind the hotel.

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Progress, they say takes time. In Mumbai the sad evidence of this reality… is everywhere!

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