Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Hippie in Heels.

What I was up to other than here:

  • It’s getting hot in Goa! The monsoon hasn’t really hit yet so we are patiently waiting for the rain. Thalassa closed which is always a good party and I’ve been hanging with the chicas in all the pools we can find to escape the heat.
  • What I’m reading: I’ve just finished reading
    [easyazon_link identifier=”0062273337″ locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]Oh Dear Sylvia[/easyazon_link] which was by an author I’ve mentioned here before and it was a quick easy read. I’m getting ready to go back to the US for TWO months (as I have trips to a few places plus will be in Ohio a lot) and this is when I get all organized and throw away a bunch of old stuff or sell it so I’m reading the famous book 
    [easyazon_link identifier=”1607747308″ locale=”US” tag=”Hipinhee-20″]the life-changing magic of tidying up[/easyazon_link] which I kid you not is SO good and will make your house so clean lol!
  • Blogging stuff: I am a contributor for Huffington Post India now, which means I can write on there as much as I want. Great for exposure of my blog to people, but it’s not paid. You might have noticed there are now small ads at the top of my blog posts. I know they are annoying (I”m sorry!) but google pays me for these a decent enough amount that I really want to keep them there… Ads and affiliate sales is the main way I earn income so I hope you can look past them (or click on them and make me the big bucks! Lol jk). I’ve been writing like crazy for my freelance jobs & the blog and finally investing a bit of cash into it. I’ve hired a couple people to help me with some small tasks and think I”ll be buying a camera this summer (as of now all photos on my blog and Instagram are from my phone which doesn’t look very professional on press trips!).

Now your story,

While flying out of Mumbai’s airport I snapped a few photos out the window even though it was pretty hazy to show you what it looks like, as the views here are something that blow the minds of most people who visit.

This is India! 104What you are seeing below are slums. Those are thousands of homes and they go on for as far as you can see. Many have tarps on top of the houses and satellites for TV. What surprises a lot of people are that slums operate like small towns in a way. People work doing recycling, or running shops. There are chemists and restaurants. The slums seems to fill in all the spaces between the big buildings. I took a few as we got higher so you can see what it looks like from even further away.

This is India! 104

This is India! 104

This is India! 104

According to this article they want to move the people from the slums near the airport and are building them houses. I find that very hard to believe. Have you heard of this project?

This is India!

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