Antilla,Mumbai - India - The world's Most Expensive House
Antilla,Mumbai - India
The intention was to do an article which showcases this amazing home. Unfortunately research has taught me that there are two very different sides to Mumbai - India. As with many countries there are good sides and bad sides to every City. What we see from the videos, though, is that there is a massive difference to what we call areas of deprivation in this country to what we see in Mumbai. To see Mumbai from another perspective I urge you to read Daniel Benson's article http://danielbenson.hubpages.com/hub/Dharavi-Mumbai-The-Pros-and-Cons-of-Slum-Living
If you believe you have cause to complain about your living conditions and life in general then I urge you to read on and watch the videos. It may just make you realise that what you have is far more than most people in this City and indeed India.
The first $1 billion House
What a difference $1 billion dollars makes.
How Can Any Government Allow The Squalor?
How can any Government allow this squalor to happen? These slums are health hazards.....but to 7 million people they are home. In the civilised West we know nothing yet we constantly moan about living standards, unemployment, NHS, politicians, cost of living and the list goes on.
My god how ashamed I feel when I see what people in the slums of Mumbai have compared to people in this country (England). It makes you thankful for what you have. If you look at the vast difference in the videos it just underlines the problems we have in our world. Where is the humanity in the same City having a $1 billion dollar private house towering above these rat infested slums. What must it be like for the residents of the slum, poor people who have less than nothing being able to see this decadent property towering above them. They have to look at this as a reminder everyday. In a way I feel sorry for the people in the slums ,but I also feel sorry for the people living in this property....especially if they can see the slums below from there exhalted vantage point. I could not do it.
They have less than nothing.
It may be a strange thing to say,but it is true that the people and families living in these slums have less than nothing. With a lack of sanitation the residents have to queue up in the mornings to use the few public toilets that there are.
For families living here, they have to be up very early in order to fill up their buckets with water and to transfer it to tanks they have in their homes. It can mean twenty to thirty trips gathering the water and that is before they do anything else. Surely this cannot be right in this day and age.
The average monthly wage for anyone lucky enough to have employment in Mumbai is £200 per month.
Mumbai, India's Business Capital
Renowned as the business capital of India this massive city is home to more than 12 million people. Of this it is anticipated that over 7 million live in the slums. The slums have evolved and grown substantially over the last 20 years due to migration of people from other cities in India. At the promise of better living standards and employment opportunities people have flocked here to improve their quality of life.
How sad it is that they should come here and lower their living standards in what,potentially is an alien city to them and their families. The one thing, I am told about the people of the slums is that they welcome everyone with a big smile and are happy to see you. This says a lot about the resilience of these people being able to stay positive in the face of adversity. When asked, the majority of the inhabitants of the slums believe that if they work hard they will improve their lives and get out of the slums. Seeing the property of the rich going up around them gives them something to aspire to so that one day they may get the house or life of their dreams.
Slum population exceeds the total population of Great Britain.
The total slum population of India is more than the total population of our own Islands, Great Britain. In excess of 61 million in India live below the poverty line in slums. That figure equates to over 50% of total population. How embarrassing this must be for the government of this country.
The fastest growing country on our planet and soon to be the biggest economy must do something to re-balance this rich/poor gap. With no form of health service or state assistance everybody must work to fund their own existence. No job means no money and no money means not being able to feed yourself or your family.
So if the economy is growing so fast, what is the government doing with the revenue generated through the tax system and international trade?
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More information about Mumbai
- Dharavi, Mumbai: The Pros and Cons of Living in a Slum
- Antilla, Altamount Rd, Tardeo, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India - Google Maps
Google Map showing satellite imagery showing the location of the world's most expensive house.
Books about Mumbai
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