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A churning metropolis defined by its Indian, English, and Portuguese past, Mumbai, India, now has the poise, populace, and design potential to be one of the 21st century’s most interesting cities.

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  A streetside vegetable purveyor shows his offerings.  Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    A streetside vegetable purveyor shows his offerings. Photo by Dustin Aksland.
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  An impromptu cricket game occupies locals in Navi Mumbai.  Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    An impromptu cricket game occupies locals in Navi Mumbai. Photo by Dustin Aksland.
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  The iconic Gateway of India was built in 1911 to welcome England’s King George V.  Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    The iconic Gateway of India was built in 1911 to welcome England’s King George V. Photo by Dustin Aksland.
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  Modern skyscrapers loom over large swaths of coastline.  Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    Modern skyscrapers loom over large swaths of coastline. Photo by Dustin Aksland.
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  The Leopold Cafe is a popular local haunt.  Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    The Leopold Cafe is a popular local haunt. Photo by Dustin Aksland.
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  Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace, is nearly two miles long, linking the tony South Mumbai to the northern suburbs. Its seafront position sees myriad Mumbai residents out for walks and fresh coconut vendors selling their goods.  Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace, is nearly two miles long, linking the tony South Mumbai to the northern suburbs. Its seafront position sees myriad Mumbai residents out for walks and fresh coconut vendors selling their goods. Photo by Dustin Aksland.
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  Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai’s iconic railway station, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the foremost examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture.  Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai’s iconic railway station, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the foremost examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Photo by Dustin Aksland.
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  The jaw-dropping enormity of Mumbai’s slums—–home to nearly 55 percent of the city’s population—–starkly juxtaposes with the emergence of new wealth and booming construction.  Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    The jaw-dropping enormity of Mumbai’s slums—–home to nearly 55 percent of the city’s population—–starkly juxtaposes with the emergence of new wealth and booming construction. Photo by Dustin Aksland.
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  The Kanchanjunga  Apartments, designed by Charles Correa in 1974, is Mumbai’s most visible modernist residential building.  Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    The Kanchanjunga Apartments, designed by Charles Correa in 1974, is Mumbai’s most visible modernist residential building. Photo by Dustin Aksland.
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  Tote on the Turf  is a newly renovated eatery designed by Chris Lee and Kapil Gupta of London-Mumbai firm Serie Architects.  Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    Tote on the Turf is a newly renovated eatery designed by Chris Lee and Kapil Gupta of London-Mumbai firm Serie Architects. Photo by Dustin Aksland.
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  Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai designed the interior of Bungalow 8.  Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai designed the interior of Bungalow 8. Photo by Dustin Aksland.
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  A street vendor offers colorful lower-budget fare.  Photo by Dustin Aksland.
    A street vendor offers colorful lower-budget fare. Photo by Dustin Aksland.

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